Sad but true, and very politicised and so divisive that many people simply cannot have a sensible mature conversation about it.Regarding the Denver-Incident:
A american guy was shown on german tv stating that were not enough guns in Denver! If more people in the cinema would have had a gun, they could have easily killed the attacker with their own weapons, resulting in far less victims.
As long as people all over the world think along these lines, nothing ever will change, i'm afraid.
Like an armed squatter.? A self created hostage situation.? This makes no sense - but that's criminals for you. The vast majority of "burglaries" in the UK are committed when people are not in, and home and content insurance is void if you left windows and doors open, this I am sure has reduced the number of burglaries in the UK.People who do "home invasions" are not deterred by locks, bars, etc. I am not talking about your average burglary, I am talking about where they are intent on taking over the home with the people inside.
I know that there in a strong but non-uniform trend that the more religious the State's inhabitants the higher the murder rate is. Could you get some official statistics to show how the murder rate is affected by ethnicity.Blaming the homicide rate on guns is not accurate IMO. The makeup of US society, with the legacy of slavery in the US, the free-flow of illegal Mexican immigrations, etc, distorts the numbers. The homicide rate in the US varies significantly depending on where one is located.
Do you have any statistics.?What about is there was a security guard or police officer in the theater with a gun? As silly as it may seem to you, in locations where people are allowed (with proper registration and license) to carry firearms in their car, people are much less likely to be killed during a car high-jacking, simply because it is too risky for the hijackers if there is reasonable chance that the owner has a gun.
So you are saying that because there are so many guns available to anyone that everyone should therefore have a gun to protect themselves and/or that there should be armed guards everywhere.I believe that the perpetrator was on the stage, or at least at the front of the theater near the screen. I am not saying that no one would have been killed, but the death toll would have been significantly reduced, or maybe it would not have been attempted at all if the perpetrator knew their were armed guards in the theater. The problem is that people in the US are too cheap to pay for security.
How is this situation NOT "an arms race".? In the UK we don't have an arms race. In 2009 there were 6,868 armed police officers in the UK (excluding NI) out of a total of about 140,000 police officers and we still have 1/3rd of the murder rate of America.
Please refer to point number 3, the American Psyche and murder.