Think about this: if a country doesn't allow gun ownership, the citizens can defend themselves by learning martial arts.
Not only learning martial arts can cultivate one's soul and body, but also it makes a person slimmer. Thus, the rate of obesity in the country can be curbed.
Granted, there would still be school massacres such as the Osaka school massacre where a janitor stabbed eight children to death.
Or the Akihabara street massacre where Tomohiro Kato killed seven people by hitting them with truck and stabbing them.
Wanna know the common thread between those two Japanese mass murders?
That's right, the murderers don't use guns. They used knife and dagger.
Hence, the possibility of the victim to escape is much larger.
Plus, stabbing with a sharp object has to be done from a close distance. This gives the victim a potential to kick the perpetrator in his nuts or even grab a chair in order to hit the bad guy in the head.
Therefore, not only the victims would have a chance to escape, they would also have the chance to fight back.
Then, let's have a peek at Israel and Switzerland, where some proponents of gun rights still look up to as countries where allowing gun ownership actually doesn't lead to an increase in gun-related massacres.
The thing is, there is a caveat in their gun ownership laws:
Both countries require you to have a reason to have a gun. There isn’t this idea that you have a right to a gun. You need a reason. And then you need to go back to the permitting authority every six months or so to assure them the reason is still valid.
Therefore, this simply means that just because you're a mentally sane adult, you can purchase a gun.
No, it doesn't work that way.
An Israeli or a Swiss would need to have a valid reason in order to own a gun (e.g. an abusive ex-husband, or being the recipient of blackmail letters).
And that, I think, is the reason why...in a certain kingdom far far away from here, there are shooting incidents which occur every one or two years.
Yes, it's true people. Shocking but true.
In that kingdom, any ordinary citizen with clean criminal record and healthy mental competency can purchase a permit to own guns.
This would mean that not only loving, doting fathers can "self-defend" their families with guns.
No, of course not.
This also means that every now and then, they would have a rogue university student or a rogue high-schooler seeking to do an Auschwitz-style cleansing towards his fellow citizens. In other words, they're not Nazis, but indirectly, they allow Nazi-style violence to occur.
Why did it happen?
Yes, that's right! The citizens of that kingdom are allowed to purchase guns as long as they're not ex-felons or declared mentally insane!
Wouldn't you want to live in that kingdom?
I mean, I know I would.
Since you can purchase guns freely in that kingdom, one might as well stop playing those Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty video games...and start shooting randomly in real life.
Back in July, a university student in that kingdom opened fire in a movie theatre, killing 12 and wounding 58 others.
Then, two months after the incident, a survey was conducted for some of that kingdom's citizens: given the fact that gun ownership also allows deranged people to own guns, do you still support gun ownership?
Guess what, 56% of those surveyed still support gun ownership.
One nice gentleman who is the branch head of the Conservative Party in that kingdom even voiced out his support for gun ownership as such:
"I actually thought about the [incident] in my answer," he said. "If there were more people in that theater who were armed, there would have been a greater chance of stopping that violence by people shooting back."
Well, that's a fine logic he has there!
Somewhat surprisingly, a lot of people, particularly those who declare membership in the gentleman's Conservative Party, also voice out their support for what he has said.
Now, what about after a certain incident in December 2012, where a lone gunman shot dead 20 grade-schoolers and six adults?
I am really interested in what that same old gentleman would say. His logic would probably cause him to say things like this,
"My answer to this incident would be arming children with guns too. That way, they can defend themselves with guns, increasing their likelihood to survive."