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Fiream sale restriction is not a solution

In Law on September 24, 2008 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

The recent shooting in a school in Finland in which a crazy man, former student, shot ten people raised a debate on gun sale regulation and the related legislation. Not just in Finland. Czech newspaper Mlada fronta DNES ran a story about the possiblity of the same happening here, under the headline How close are we from a school massacre?

The answer is simple: any school in any country under any regime and under any gun-related legislation can experience this, so all schools in the world are doing pretty much the same.

Anyone who wants to use a gun to commit a crime will obtain one no matter what. If a killer wants to make a statement and kill himself (herself) after he has shot ten people, it can very well be legally owned yesterday-purchased gun.

Killers who do not want to kill themselves afterwards will probably steal a gun, or they will use one that has never been used so that the police have no bullet in their evidence. In the USA, the NRI lobby is quite loud. In the Czech Republic the hunting union is similar to NRI. Many people do have their shotguns registered, but many do not.

Shooting in schools is a tragedy, but nobody should blame the guns. Thousands of single one-victim homicides are committed with guns every day and nobody says anything about gun sale restriction. So the claim that it should be done as a result of a mass murder is understandable from a human point of view, but not from the practical one.

If there is anything that should change, though, is the death penalty law. In such cases when the mass murderer’s identity is obvious, there should be no regular trial. If the person is caught, there should be a speedy trial and chair. A person who is known (for 100 percent) for killing people, should have no rights under the Miranda principle. Let alone the fair-trial constitutional issues…

I know, I know: some studies have proven that the existence of death penalty does not have a positive effect on crime statistics. I beg to differ. Strict laws are effective. Take Singapore, for instance…

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