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The problem of guns is the problem of being human

We have heavy hearts after learning of a mass killing of 20 schoolchildren and 6 teachers in America by an armed and disturbed young man.

Subsequently some have said that guns should be made illegal. Is this possible?

In Britain, where gun control is now very strict, gun crime has gone up by 89% in the last decade.

The gun ban was introduced in 1997 after the Dunblane massacre, when a killer shot dead 16 children and their teacher. The result is that law-abiding citizens are punished for the actions of murderers. If innocent people are attacked by an armed assailant, they now find it difficult to defend themselves.

In America, many states have allowed law-abiding and sane citizens to carry a gun concealed about their person. It was believed that violence would skyrocket after these laws were put in place over the last decade. In fact, violent crimes have dramatically decreased. The decrease may be due to another factor - many violent criminals have been incarcerated.

In the late 19th century, British citizens were armed, British police famously were not, and gun crimes were almost unheard of. Today virtually every Swiss home has a gun, and there is almost no gun crime in Switzerland.

If armed citizens are on the scene when mass killers begin to shoot, they have been able to stop them. 'When seconds count, the police are minutes away.'

In our book Share the Inheritance (see sidebar), we describe people who have lost their lives because their governments disarmed them then murdered them. Governments have killed millions of innocent and unarmed men, women, and children. This occurred in Germany, China, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire, to name a few. 'That could never happen here' is not a concept supported by history.

What's to be done?

Answers are not obvious or easy, but the most beautiful, precious, and enduring things on Earth have been created by love.

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