Why not combine gun control with nut-control?
You are always going to have mentally disturbed people in any country. The difference is that if they have any kind of access to firearms, they can cause a lot more damage than if they can say not access anything more dangerous than a knife.
If that kid had been in Europe, we would not have been able to get hold of the weapons in the first place as they would have been locked away at the gun club and not freely accessible in his mother's home.
Sure, you can still kill someone with a knife, but with a millitary style machine gun you can kill a lot more people.
There have been such situations in Europe, there was a particually bad case in Norway not long ago. But that was done by an extremest who went to tremendous measures to obtain the weapons he used. Not something a simple kid like in Sandy Hook would have been able to do.
In Europe we have various systems of universal health care so people with mental problems have access to proper medical treatment irrespective of their financial means.
Again, I agree that some kind of stun gun should be available for self-defense, but not the widespead arming of the population with heavy weapons. If the weapons are so easily available, someone is going to use them and innocent people are going to get hurt.
People are always going to have arguments and disputes. In Europe people might have a fist fight leading to a few bruises or even broken bones. With guns around, this can escalate to people getting killed which is infinitely worse.
If someone in Germany (where I live) gets shot, it makes national news and is discussed for days how such a thing can be prevented. As I understand it in the USA, someone getting shot is often hardly reported in the news as it is so common.
I prefer to live in a society where it is highly unlikely to be shot because virtually nobody except the police have firearms. In the UK, most of the police do not even carry guns at all.
Altogether, a much safer society although you can still get run over by a car or bus of course.
Now I know that my opinions are not going to change anything in the USA, but I feel it is important to at least get you guys thinking about the fact that other countries are very different in how they handle gun control and have far fewer deaths because of it.
As to Michael Moore, I have seen his films and they at least put accross an interesting point of view. On his website, be does back up his statements in great detail. Like anybody, I am sure he has made his share of mistakes and misrepresentations. I do not agree with a number of points he makes about the British health service in his film Sicko, for example.
In my opinion, the only way to form a balanced opinion is to have a good impartial look at what both sides of the argument are saying and check any facts you find are important. Once you have understood both sides, you are better placed to form a proper opinion of your own. Be careful of properganda as there is way to much of that out there trying to influence you with stories of extreme cases. One needs to be able to see through the bullshit from either side and get to the established facts.
By refusing to watch Moore's movies for example, how are you going to understand or consider any legitimate points he may be making? If you watch it and then tear it apart because he got his facts wrong, then that is fine and legitimate. However, you might find that at least some of what he says is correct and worthy of consideration. To somehow dismiss the opinions of people like him out of hand, is simply short sighted in my opinion. In the same way, it is also important to look at the arguments put by the gun lobby so you understand those, too.
The important thing is to then check the important points made by either side so that you can filter out the properganda from the facts.
I have certainly read the pros and cons presented by both sides of the argument to try and understand it. My personal conclusion is that I prefer people to settle their differences without guns playing a role in it.
This is not about politics, it is about respecting life.