Would removing all guns from earth make us more or less safe?

A simple and direct answer to that question is NO.  The possession of a gun does not result in an act of violence.  It is the inability of some people to reason and communicate in a non-violent manner that creates the atmosphere of danger in society.  Human’s can use any means at their disposal to perform an act of violence against another.  The ever-present stench of violence in society does not engender a feeling of safety.  The question of “guns” is practically irrelevant with regard to a state of safety.  It is not guns that kill and maim; it is the people engrossed in a life of hatred of their fellowmen that use guns to kill.  In their case, any type of weapon even their bare hands, would suffice.  Far better it would be to rid the world of the vast number of hateful, racial, bigoted, and xenophobic attitudes that abound.  Education at all levels should include non-violent conflict resolution, understanding, tolerance and acceptance of all cultures and imbue young people with a stronger sense of one world-one people.  World peace should not be a mere topic of esoteric debate; it should be the goal of all mankind.  That said, removing guns is not the answer.  Responsibly educated minds devoid of violent thoughts world-wide would make us more safe.  Removing all guns from earth would not change a thing.  In the hands of responsible people guns, for centuries have been useful tools for providing food and hides for clothing and shelter.  Guns have provided a safeguard against wild animal attacks as well.  It is people who need to change.

“We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.” 

 -Mahatma Gandhi-

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