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  •  I live in Iceland. (0+ / 0-)

    And most people here think that the sort of stuff that gets allowed in the US concerning guns is absurd.

    Yes, we have guns here.  But the culture and laws are totally different, it's all tightly controlled.  Example: it was once in the news that someone called the police when they heard a single gunshot in a neighbor's house.  The police came into the guy's house and found that he'd gotten bored and decided to shoot his floor once for fun.  He wasn't drunk or anything, just bored, and hadn't violated a noise ordinance or anything of that nature.

    Think about what happens in the US in such a situation.

    Okay, now here's what happened in Iceland, and which pretty much here commenting on the story agreed was the obviously right course of action.  The police arrested him.  They seized all of his guns.  He lost his right to own guns.  He was sent in for psych eval and required by law to attend regular psychological councelling.  The concept being that he was treating a gun like a toy, and anyone who would play with a gun is clearly mentally unbalanced.

    I can't imagine that being the outcome in the US.

    Every gun is registered to a specific owner in a national registry.  It's illegal to even hold a gun that you're not the registered owner of (except in certain specific circumstances).  The concept of a "gun show loophole" is a legal absurdity here.  And yes, all sorts of guns are flatly banned here, including handguns (except in very specific circumstances) and all automatic and semiautomatic rifles.  All that's legal are simple shotguns and bolt action rifles and the like.  Getting a gun license requires being interrogated on your mental health.  Self-defense is not a way to get off the hook in a shooting.  The police do not carry guns.  And on and on.

    Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

    by Rei on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 09:44:19 AM PDT

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