School Shooting In Bosnia Highlights Gun Violence in Balkans

What can we do as a global community to reduce gun violence?

  • 425
    Matthew
    06/21/2023

    "Željko Brkić, the deputy interior minister in charge of the gun recall program, said... It was not possible for the state to protect every citizen...

    To those arguing that guns were required for defense, he said he would urge people to “trust the police,” because it was their job to take care of the population." (quoted from NBC news article)

     

    Yes, that's actually the reasoning given, give up your means of defending yourself, trust us to generally look out for you, but it's impossible for us to keep you safe individually.

    If someday Russia were to threaten Bosnia or Serbia, nobody would bat an eye at sending boatloads of "free" modern military weapons over there for indiscriminate distribution.

    One of the reasons Ukraine was able to hold off an invading army until Western support arrived was because there were military weapons already readily accessible and enough citizens who knew how to use them.

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    The Rev Dr Edward
    05/16/2023

    License requirement, background check, mandatory gun safety course, red flag notifications to law enforcement, ban on assault weapons, no gun purchases until age 21. Common sense approaches to eliminating over 50 % of criminal gun violence.

  • 1,572
    Nancy
    05/16/2023

    How is this getting the guns out of the bad guys hands? They are more than likely guns that have been stolen.

  • 1,097
    Donna
    05/15/2023

    At this time, Austalia banned assault weapons after the FIRST mass shooting, and now Serbia is taking action to remove all unregistered weapons, but in the United States, the NRA RULES US! If our Federal Government would pass a law requiring a mental health evaluation and greater requirements and training in use, people can easily own a gun or rifle in accordance to the 2nd Amendment. However, the Second Amendment doesn't include assault weapons that kill many! The united States has now had many deaths due to the use of assault weapons, and still there is no law against their use! I can see Swat or the military using assault weapons, but not the rest of the population. In addition, we need parents to not teach their children to HATE, and to keep their gun or rifle locked up when not in use! When you teach hate for any group of humans, & leave your guns easy to reach that child will use it to kill, because that's what they have been taught! All humans are decendants of the first humans! Skin color means nothing!  

  • 2,375
    Joan
    05/15/2023

    we need to be rid of guns. Guns kill people. Please, no BS about how guns don't kill people, people kill people. Baseball players cannot hit a home run without a bat, photographers can't take a photo without a camera, football players cannot score a touchdown without the ball, killers can't do a mass shooting without a gun. It's the gun that is the problem. The sooner we admit the truth, the better off we will be. 

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    Brian
    05/13/2023

    Good for Serbia! I'm glad the people spoke, and their leaders listened.

    So what's wrong with our country that we can't have the same results? Is it the profit-driven greed of the politicians and the gun companies?

  • 3,479
    Kevin
    05/09/2023

    It's the gun industry and people profiting from it. Would it help to close down all gun companies and supply only our military through socialized, publically owned arms manufacturing?

  • 835
    Luleo
    05/08/2023

    There you go. Once again, the statistics bear up the fact: MORE GUNS MEAN MORE MASS SHOOTINGS. GUNS ARE THE PROBLEM. STOP SUPPORTING THE GUN AND AMMO INDUSTRY. STOP VOTING FOR LEGISLATORS WHO REFUSE TO PASS GUN CONTROL LAWS. JUST STOP.

  • 919
    Beth
    05/08/2023

    Treat gun violence as a Public Health issue and ban the assault weapons from the streets, and keep them in the hands of of Service members because they are weapons of war.

     

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    05/08/2023

    Anything they do is more than we will do with our pro life cult that loves guns.

  • 8,601
    Charles
    05/08/2023

    We need to take care of the gun problem in the United States FIRST.

     

  • 2,737
    Surender
    05/08/2023

    Causes appears to be dumbing down 

    there have been 200 mass shootings in 97 days here and not much discussion but we are discussing serbia? 

    causes has no options to communicate with congressional committees / scotus / agencies / administration / cabinet heads 

    unless they can hear directly from us the whole purpose of this site is diluted

    looking for other platforms

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    Andrew
    05/05/2023

    We have a sin problem, not a gun problem! If children were taught morals like do not kill or if they read The Ten Commandments in the Holy Bible we would not have this problem.

  • 3,479
    Kevin
    05/06/2023

    It's the gun companies, the arms dealers, and all the others who profit from the sales. There will always be a need for firearm technology, but I hope that someday they will not be used in this way.

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    larubia
    05/05/2023

    "A 2018 Small Arms Survey study found 39 guns for every 100 Serbians, the highest in Europe and the fifth-highest globally. The survey found that while 1.2 million guns are legally registered, approximately 1.5 million are not.
    For comparison, the U.S. has 120 guns per 100 residents,"


    However, I'm sure this was a "tragic rare event", a "mental health issue", "not related to gun regulation at all". America will do what we have done since the 1990's, disregard the statistics and send our thoughts and prayers. 

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    Jean
    05/05/2023

    CAUSES ASKS: "What can we do as a global community to reduce gun violence?"  ME:  Simple: get rid of the guns.  At least Serbia's president is on the right track...

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    Rhonda
    05/05/2023

    Because life is not highly valued, particular individuals have no qualms in taking a life or lives. In the past, nations did not kill their unborn children. Neither were the elderly and ill put to death because they are not considered to be contributing to society. God is to determine the time of birth and the time of death. The United States government says that is permissible to kill an unborn child, but says guns should be taken from law-abiding citizens to protect society. Citizens need to be able to defend themselves and others. Our Founding Fathers were gifted with much wisdom and foresight. States and cities with the strictest gun laws are still plagued by violence. A study will prove that knives and machetes are the second weapon of choice for killing or injuring one's fellow man. A claw hammer comes in third  place. If the government removes the aforementioned weapons, individuals will turn to another vice. Man's heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Man's heart is the problem, and government cannot solve problems of the heart. Support the Second Amendment.

  • 2,864
    Arlys
    05/05/2023

    When countries, governments, religious sects, video gqames, movies, and television programs quit glorifying gun play and war, then and only then, will we see a decrease in the violence we are experiencing today.  Sadly, this will never happen since it brings in the profits for those involved.  YES!  "The love of money IS the greatest of all evils.".  Enough said.

  • 3,387
    Adel
    05/05/2023

    All I can think to do is shut down the NRA.  It is owned and promoted by Russia via a Red head American woman living in the Northwest.  Shut that down!

  • 2,934
    Gdbondii
    05/05/2023

    Gun violence is world wide but we lead the pack.  Other countries work gift change but republicans and the NRA say more guns.  Wrong answer