I am not a gun owner, but I believe in the right to bear arms. I know that sounds contradictory but I have given this issue a lot of thought. My belief is also contrary to the fact that one of my cousins was murdered by someone who was a gun owner, but I have already explained those circumstances and how I think that his ownership of a gun was not really the issue.
The one thing that Australia has in common with the USA happens to be the sharp rise in murders in recent years. Thanks to the death of Traydemark Martin there has been a fresh look at these murders. Many of those who have died have been murdered by fist. Others have been murdered by the use of guns.
My point here, and I will expand it in another post maybe tomorrow, is that the real problem is not because people legally possess guns, but that people illegally possess those guns.
Since the death of Chris Lane, a few more cases have been highlighted. Two of the deaths have been bashing victims. George Zimmerman could have been one of those victims if he had not had his gun. On the other hand, a gun would not have saved the life of Chris Lane. What about the other victims that have come to light? Maybe/maybe not.