In the wonderful world of gun crime, it seems a lot of people place the blame on one of a few sources: The actual guns: I'm sorry folks, but this is the most inane argument of the bunch. It's like blaming the alcohol for drunk driving crashes. The point is that the person makes a conscious decision to drink or use a gun. A bottle or a Glock doesn't just hop into a person's hands. Why don't we start blaming pencils for poor test grades? I think the problem is that a lot of people have this thinking that removing guns from society will cure the problem (if not immediately, over time). Now, by "over time", I'm betting that would be at least two hundred years of social development before people finally let go of guns. Hell, by then who knows how far weapons tech will be advanced. I always try and remind these folk of prohibition and the fact that if you ban something demanded by the public, you're going to give the criminals power, no matter what. I don't like booze all that much, but I know full well what would happen if it was criminalized again. Gun sellers (legal or not): Illegal gun sales are probably the biggest problem in terms of actual gun control because no matter how tight the left wing chokes the legal gun markets, there's always black market sales. In my mind, it seems pretty fair to assume that with heavier and more strict gun control laws that there are more illegal sales. Now, that's a hard battle to fight because if you lighten gun control, more people will obviously have access but if you tighten it, more people will turn to criminals and traffickers to buy from. It's a hard situation to solve. "Nurture": The argument I side with the most is basically the one that argues that our society has a lot of blame that needs placing on. Gun problems did not exist in the sheer magnitude a hundred years ago that they do today, so why the discrepancy? To me, it's because the media has put a spin on guns as a way of earning respect, power, and wealth. In places where money is scarce, you see a lot of gun crimes probably for similar reasons. It's common knowledge that gangs measure power and respect partially (some of them wholley) on guns. So my argument is that people have been taught the wrong way about guns. Also, according to the FBI, almost 80% of gun crimes involve illegally possessed firearms. This may go to prove that those educated on guns are the least likely to cause crime with them. People who are taught how to handle, care for, and to respect their guns are usually the ones that are the least dangerous. The gun itself has evolved into a symbol of power, intimidation, greed, evil, and death. When the country was first founded, the gun was a symbol of personal defense, it wasn't politcally incorrect to see a family portrait with the mother, children, and father holding a rifle. Guns were a part of being free. Those who hold onto the second amendment are living in a world where the picture of the modern family has drastically changed. So where do you think gun crime stems from the most? What changes are necessary? Do you think gun control goes a bit too far sometimes?