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    It's a deep rooted part of the united states democracy and culture.

    There are also an estimated 300 million legally owned firearms (millions more owned illegally) so a "ban" or buyback scheme would never even be feasible.
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    I think there's a cultural language barrier here,between brits and americans.

    We just do not understand that unlike us, a nation whose identity is established by our historical development, Americas identity was established by a set of ideas. We might sneer at the bill of rights, but americans might also sneer at the absurdity of having a queen as a figure head. Different cultres can seem bizarre to each other.
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    (Original post by remiremi)
    It's a deep rooted part of the united states democracy and culture.

    There are also an estimated 300 million legally owned firearms (millions more owned illegally) so a "ban" or buyback scheme would never even be feasible.
    You don't necessarily need to directly ban possession or buy back, you simply need to make it illegal to buy new guns without a licence, eventually numbers will drop significantly, especially if you make it hard to do anything beyond trivial maintenance without a licence.

    Perhaps something that wants looking into is how firearms were make illegal in European countries when things were tightened up.

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    You don't necessarily need to directly ban possession or buy back, you simply need to make it illegal to buy new guns without a licence, eventually numbers will drop significantly, especially if you make it hard to do anything beyond trivial maintenance without a licence.

    Perhaps something that wants looking into is how firearms were make illegal in European countries when things were tightened up.

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    300 million+ will never just go away, in the US it is basically at the point they have more guns than people.

    Even if you completely demolished the gun industry overnight and stopped all gun sales.

    Firearms need very little maintenance outside of cleaning and oiling unless you are shooting them 24/7. For example you can quite easily find videos on youtube with collectors shooting rifles from the Boer war that are completely original and serviceable 110+ years on
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    (Original post by remiremi)
    300 million+ will never just go away, in the US it is basically at the point they have more guns than people.

    Even if you completely demolished the gun industry overnight and stopped all gun sales.

    Firearms need very little maintenance outside of cleaning and oiling unless you are shooting them 24/7. For example you can quite easily find videos on youtube with collectors shooting rifles from the Boer war that are completely original and serviceable 110+ years on
    What has to be said is how well maintained were those old rifles? You also get basically no moving parts and things generally being built a lot better back then

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    (Original post by Raizelcadres)
    I have no knowledge about America's law on owning guns. I was just wondering why don't they just ban them, wouldn't this reduce the amount of gun shootings and innocent people being killed? If anyone could tell me why, I would appreciate it
    You can have guns in the UK too...The difference with the USA is the lack of background checks -- especially in "gun shows", "child rifles", and the kind of guns available in most states (semi-automatic rifles are the main problem).
 
 
 
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