Just my two pieces of copper
CaptainChewbacca wrote:Killing your fellow man is NOT a necessary part of life, and it is incredibly foolish to think so.
I agree that man killing man is foolish, but man vs. man is human life, is it yours specifically? Probably and hopefully not. Just keep in mind everyone lives a different life and experiences things differently, as a result they see the world differently and reach their own conclusions.
Humanity isn't solely violent, greedy, and selfish, neither is it solely pacifist, charitable, and selfless. We are both, a pacifist can be driven to commit violence and a violent man can wave an olive branch, a charitable man can cease being charitable to acquire something they covet and a greedy individual can be inspired to give to those in need, And a selfish man can jump in front of a bullet to save a life at the cost of their own while a selfless man can take a life to stroke their own ego.
Darth Wong wrote:Frankly, it's a lousy idea to encourage massive weapons proliferation here. What you want is better-armed police, not a populace armed to the teeth with heavy weapons.
The police can only be in so many places, there are areas they can not cover due to manpower limitations
Look at Africa: every time large shipments of arms go in, there's a spike in tribal violence and civil wars.
Okay, let's play a game for a second...
A omnipotent has given you the power to remove all the guns from Africa with a wave of the hand, what happens?
A: Africa becomes a unified pacifist continent, the envy of the world
B: African nations stabilize and become equals with first world powers
C: The wars continue without hindrance, but with knives, rocks, sticks, and explosives
Or Mexico, where more than 80% of their criminal gang weapons come from the US. You dump shitloads of weapons into an area, and violence follows.
Keep in mind the weapons were dumped by the "shitload" into the hands of those with violent intent
The Bloods and the Crips are both violent gangs that got a hold of guns and use them to kill eachother. Your solution is to take away the guns...
Now the Bloods and Crips a still violent gangs, but they use knives and blunt objects kill eachother. If we were to extend your solution to include these weapons, we'd be playing this game until the Bloods and Crips were killing eachother and holding up 7-Elevens with fluffy pillows
The fact is that demon/angel incursions are few in number, whereas the potential consequences of a large-scale individual arms buildup are much more severe and widespread.
We only see the forces actively engaged in the war in the novel and very little outside that, for all we know demon berserker attacks are occurring on a daily basis.
The absence of evidence is NOT the evidence of absence
I know Americans are in love with sound-bite slogans like "guns don't kill people, people kill people", but that's exactly the sort of moronic black/white false dichotomy that gets them into all kinds of trouble with economic, health, education, and criminal policies. It doesn't have to be one extreme or the other; one does not have to believe that guns are either completely responsible or completely unrelated to the rate of violence in a society.
The US isn't Canada, despite the similarities one rejected the crown the other didn't. Both our countries developed differently and as a result have different needs and responsibilities, our cultures are also subtly different as a result of the different evolution.
Canada is not the pinnacle of western civilization, (and for the record) neither is the United States, the hundreds of nations that ever or will ever reign over one square acre of this planet experience different social, environmental, and political variables. With that in mind no nation is the
model for all to follow.