Posting Again the Original Topic so we newcomers can join the fray without too much trouble understanding the context of the issues presented~
Old Thread HERE
I'm sure you've all read and heard about this, the Newtown, Connecticut massacre of school children and personnel.
There's also, curiously, the assault of children in China by a man armed with a knife, here.
There are number of issues that come up. The classic is gun control, or, more generally, control of access to heavy armaments. The arguments for more and less access have been made often and variously, with statistics given of nations (such as Canada and Switzerland), which have higher per capita spending of armaments, but less crime.
There's also the argument of cultural context, where a nation like Switzerland is drastically different from that of the US, to say nothing of China.
Here, I'll put a few of my thoughts before opening this up to everyone:
1. Supposing that weapons control should be avoided where possible, to what limit should this be taken? Should laymen be allowed access to portable nuclear weapons (assuming they exist)? If not, then how is the lasse-faire argument valid in the first place? What criteria should be utilized in setting limits?
2. How should society treat weapons and violence in its cultural views? I quote BBC:
The BBC's John Sudworth in Shanghai says many of the attackers have been mentally disturbed men, prompting a debate about the effects of China's recent, rapid social change and the inability of an antiquated hospital system to cope with rising levels of mental illness.
Indeed, but there is more to this statement. It's well known that the cultural shift (which is, quite frankly, an understatement) of Chinese from rural, traditionalist families, into fragmented cities and megalopolises, has caused a great deal of discontent and confusion among lots of people.
There are books and reports (which I've read one or two) which deal with this--from family expectations, gender roles, and self esteem.
Where does violence figure into this? Unlike the US and many Western nations, the Chinese political structure isn't very forgiving or empathetic towards criminals as these. We hear about insanity pleas and long winded appeals processes. That's nonexistent in China.
I honestly wish we had a native or scholar here who could talk about it in more detail, but I think it's interesting to consider the weapons control question from that angle as well--not everyone has the same liberal/conservative view set that the Western world has.
I'd also like to extend this debate to non-traditional weapons, including non-firearms and even nuclear weapons.
Anyways, cheers. This shall be the first OneManga Forums Debate thread.