Thanks you all for a very stimulating conversation. This is a issue that is very near and dear to my heart - and sounds like it is with you too - just for different reasons.
In America we have a RIGHT to bear arms (the 2nd amendment). And when our rights start to be torn down, we are in a downward spiral ending in a communist- like country. The thought that that may be sooner around the corner than you might think makes me sick. George Washington would be rolling in his grave.
When you start to erase such rights, you open the door wide open for government to close down such rights as, religion and free speech. You can already see that happening.
Like you said, I don't want to turn this into a gun law debate, but you might like to read this article if you have the chance.http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2010/canada-the-lessons-of-lost-liberty.aspx
(This article doesn't bring out some other main points. It isn't just about the money it's costing. Keep in mind too, that there are aprox. 34,482,779 peeps in Canada and 311,591,917 in the U.S.))
Crime might seem to be lower in Canada. But, when you start keeping guns from law abiding citizens, there are that many less people to protect from the not-so-law-abiding. The 'bad guys' will ALWAYS find a way to get guns, no matter how many laws are in place. Then the 'good guys' are like sitting ducks. They no longer have the right to protect themselves, and get punished for it.
I agree with doodle in the face that it is intent - what is in your heart. There are so many tools to commit a crime. Whether it's easy or hard is NOT the issue. Crime still lives on - it's in our sinful nature to do so. Remember Cain and Abel in the bible?
There are many things in someones life that they shape their opinion on due to a personal experience - I hope that one day that everyone would be open to finding the truth on subjects such as these.
Thank you again for this back-and-forth! It makes be firmer in what I believe, and more grateful to be an american. At the same time, it makes me sad to know that we are on a fast track to being right-free like many other countries.