Well, many Swiss disagree with you
So what? Many do agree with me. Still, so what that as well? By and large, the Swiss just aren't going around murdering each other left and right, and it's not as if there's a lack of firearm availability. Instead of going for the old post hoc fallacy, you might want to consider other causative factors, such as economic disparities (Always a popular whipping boy for the left and not always wrong either!) Urban overcrowding, inequities and inequality in education, opportunities, etc.
For three weeks we had a gun rampage
You show me a rampage, and I'll show you in most instances where the shooter was putting out all sorts of warning signs which were softpedeled, dismissed, ignored or even hidden. Jared Loughner is a raving lunatic who should never have been on the streets to begin with under any circumstances. It's also telling that in the cases of the Colorado Theatre shooter and the Sandy Hook shooter that the one person who refused to make a deal with these guys was the eeeeeeeevile gun dealer. It's also telling to notice that the Sandy Hook shooter tried to buy guns ILLEGALLY with somebody else's I.D.
He was turned down. Since what he did was a felony offence, he should have been arrested at once and he wasn't.
In fact, that seems to be the pattern with the government. The background check laws in force are not statutes which anybody disagrees with, yet they seldom bother attempting to enforce them at all.
In short, government did what it usually does: It dropped the ball then wondered why tragedy was the end result.
The ‘budget crises’ is a creation of the GOP.
Half truth Asanta. And you know better then this too. This whole train wreck has been a long time coming. I'm well aware of what the Republicans are trying to do. It's reprehensible but in their goals, it's not at all different from what the Democrats try to do to them. The "cause" may differ, but the goal is exactly the same.
I would submit that anybody who thinks "Our Boys" are the angels who have nothing but love, the best of intentions, and the good of the country at heart is completely blind to all reality. Regardless of platform or whatever cause they pay lip service to, the Republicans and Democrats are about one thing and one thing ONLY: Putting their own empty suits into power while putting the other guy's empty suits out of power.
Guess I'm done here. So long as all I'm going to get is the party line, I can count on no rational discussion of either issue mooted here.