Some Thoughts on The Second Amendment From Italy (I Couldn't Have Put it Better) "My two cents from Italy, a country with LOTS of problems but, luckily, not that of millions of gun-toting men and women convinced that owning a firearm will make them any safer. I'll mention just three points that should be self-evident to anyone who wants to see:
First point: in 1790 the world was a bit different from now. The things that make sense 220 years ago should be at least reconsidered, don't you think so? Two centuries ago It took one minute to load a gun; today in one minute you can unload several magazines - hundreds of bullets.
Second point: there is an overwhelming evidence that owning a gun doesn't make you safer. By any measurable standard, American cities are more dangerous than European ones - yes, even more dangerous than mafia-infested Italian cities. Crime rates are higher (despite a huge number of inmates in American prisons), murder rates are just not comparable...doesn't this ring a bell in your heads?
Third point: in any advanced society, there is something called a "social contract": you give up some of your personal freedom and as a return you get safety for you and your family, you get healtcare, you get education and so on. Of course, the trade-off has to be well-crafted, but in a complex society of hundreds of millions of people, do you really think that you can behave like the lone pioneer in 1790's America?" The article that inspired the remarks is linked below: