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Gun crazy in America / Priest expelled from Syria / Fleeing to Iraq

July 24th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

The latest full-length edition of Amanpour is now online: Part 1 Gun crazy in America: A debate about gun control laws in America and a look at how they stack up internationally. Part 2: Priest expelled from Syria Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, a Jesuit priest, discusses his expulsion from Syria for supporting the opposition. Part 3: Between Iraq and a hard place: Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria during the height of the Iraq war are now returning to Iraq.

Gun crazy in America

Jesuit priest expelled from Syria

Between Iraq and a hard place

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  1. Tater tot

    Wasn't it Hitler who said that before you can conquer a nation you must first disarm it's people?

    July 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • NOT EVEN WRONG

      That was a metaphor Einstein.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • citizenmn

      Hitler didn't need to disarm Germans, they went along with his crazy ideas voluntarily.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
    • robert

      Hitler also created highways, I guess highways are bad. Hitler also owned a dog. I guess owning dogs is bad. Hitler was also a vegitarian, I guess all vegitarians are Hitler. You should learn how to think before posting your B.S.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  2. jazger

    @tater tot – WOW already proveing Godwins law?

    July 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  3. Mehr Kalami

    In a country where the common individual does not know as to "how many sides does a triangle have," or "what is the religion of a Buddhist monk," or even the formula for common salt (nacl), one cannot expect anything more. Ask any individual in the street, just an ordinary question, as to what is the religion of a Catholic Nun, and.... I firmly believe my Schnauzer knows more!!! What can you expect from the odiferous, uncultured tobacco "chewin' and spittin' " imbecile who knows nothing in life except to "fire me guns!"

    July 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Amazed by retards

      "the common individual does not know as to"...
      "Ask any individual in the street, just an ordinary question, as to"...
      "odiferous"

      In trying to belittle the inelligence of Americans you've done nothing more than demonstrate your own incredible ignorance and illiteracy. And no I'm not an American.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • david

      Your views on Americans is very ignorant. We are not all uneducated fools, but you might be, judging from your blind close minded views on Americans. I'm sure the country you live isn't perfect either. Check yourself before you criticize others.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • bob

      ever since you learned those three items your family has considered you a downright genius, haven't they mehr kalami?

      July 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • robert

      No man ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Reply
    • Petunia Skrebble

      Hmmm, a provocateur..... trying to get us to hate Muslims based on name calling and misinformation. Well, Mehr, your people have a bad habit of writing up everything they intend to do to everyone and they did exactly that about attacking Americas' education system. Before Bush's got into office, our nation was 2nd in the world in educated citizenry, after your people, the khazars achieved control through the bushes, we dropped to 39th as a result of federalizing our education system. Its going down hill s we speak, but then that will happen to every nation since dumbing down populations is required if you plan on taking over the globe and depopulation us to lower resistance. See, We aren't all dumb. We know what you are doing and read the protocols thoroughly.

      July 28, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
  4. angel

    If you want to control guns heres an idea "limit gun purchase" dealers keep track on gun sales, ban hi power guns sales. if someone buys lots of ammo, check on them.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • T.C.D.

      I think that was the point Ms. Armanpour and Mr. Gopnik were trying to make.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
      • doncline

        And failed, miserably, to make. We had an assault weapon ban and it was allowed to sunset because during its existence the violent crime rate increased 459% in America. If you want to get a handle on this, look up Paxton Quigley's book "Armed and Female". She was on Senator Kennedy's staff and helped pass the Assault weapon ban. And was horrified to discover it had exactly the opposite effect predicted by the leftist airheads like Christiana Amanpour. Crime rate exploded. Yet when the bill sunset the crime rate started coming down, and today it is lower than it has been in history. And here is something to think about: The idiot who conducted the movie massacre in Colorado was wearing Kevlar, so taking handgun rounds would not have killed him, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE KNOCKED THE WIND OUT OF HIM AND PUT HIM ON THE GROUND. It might have taken a full magazine to do it. BUT ONE ROUND FROM AN AR-15 LIKE HE WAS USING WOULD HAVE STOPPED HIM COLD. Lastly, think about this: You cannot arms slaves and expect them to remain slaves. Nor can you disarm a free people and expect them to remain free. We remain free today because we are armed, yes, with military-pattern rifles. You will never disarm our free people. Period. Get used to it.

        August 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Juliemac

      I buy ammunition at times in 5000 lots. Does that make me a gun nut? Am I dangerous?

      I buy ammo in lots like that so that the primers and power are from the same batch. I am a target shooter. With a pistol, I group 10 shots in a 3" circle at 65 feet. Its not easy and its taken practice. Variations in the load change the way the bullet flies and lands.

      I am a 55 year old woman, a programmer and electrical engineer. As you can tell, no dummy.Mostof thepeope I shoot with are actually intelligent, capable and good Americans. It is a social event requiring science, technology and skills.

      Now. Put away the cheetos, get off your collective butts and do some thing apart from commenting on forums.

      Have a good day!

      July 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  5. adamdocherty

    More people are killed in car accidents and this is thought of as outweighed by the convenience of fast and cheap travel. Though these killings are sad (as are car accidents), an armed populace is a required deterrent against tyranny (which is by far worse). History has shown us time and time again that Government cannot be trusted to hold all the trumps. The right to own firearms is something that must be protected at all cost.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • Petunia Skrebble

      Adamdocherty – Oh, wait until you hear this statistic...... LEGAL DRUGS KILL MORE PEOPLE IN AMERICA THAN CAR ACCIDENTS AND GUN DEATHS COMBINED. And we don't see any CNN report on that do we??? Nope, that is why their viewship has dropped 50% and CNN is in trouble because they don't report what is REALLY HAPPENING to the American people. We are forced to go overseas for all our news where Murdock , GE, Eisner of Disney, do not own the news.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
  6. adamdocherty

    BTW Christiane Amanpour – you could replace the word "Gun" with "Car" ie "Car Crazy in America", but you guys don't seem to be interested in something that kills and maims way more people than "Guns"...

    July 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • robert

      That's called the fallacy of The Perfect Solution. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the safety of cars and one of those ways will be to make it so cars drive themselves. So, as with cars, the best way to deal with gun deaths may be to remove the driver.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  7. HSM

    adamdocherty is spot on!! Only a mentally deficient person would think that banning guns would solve the problem. If the theatre goers had been armed, what are the chances that less people would have been killed? Look at the two hoodlums that tried to hold up a cyber cafe in Florida. And an armed 71 year old ran them off with his gun. The cities with the tightest level of gun control are the cities with the highest crime. Arm the citizenry and there would be less crime since those prone to criminal activity would think twice before preying on innocence!!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • TheVoice

      Yes of course, a dark cinema full of guns would have made the situation a lot better. Fact of the matter is that the US has the highest gun per capita ratio in the world (2007: 88 per 100 capita), 270,000,000 guns to be exact. Don't tell me that more guns would decrease the likelihood of gun related violence in the future, there is of course a correlation between the amount of guns and gun related violence.

      July 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        Fact is..The Voice......that violent crimes, including those involving guns has gone down relative to the increase in population. Imagine that...a fact that most anti gun people choose to ignore.

        July 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • Thor

        You must be taking into account Switzerland when you made that blatant statement (I'm being ironic here). If the problems and the solutions were so easy to identify, then don't you think most modern democratic societies would be homicide/violence free?
        Here's some apples and oranges to compare: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/5712573/UK-is-violent-crime-capital-of-Europe.html

        July 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • Kevin P.

        TheVoice: you're correct, there is a relationship between the number of guns and violence in America. In the last 20 years, the number of civilian-owned guns has increased from 200 million to 300 million, while the murder and violent crime rate has declined by half. The number of citizens licensed to lawfully carry concealed guns has increased to nearly 8 million, from what was likely only a million or so 20 years ago. I know this may puncture your bubble, but guns in the hands of law abiding citizens are a GOOD THING for individuals, their families and society at large.

        July 27, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Paul S

      these are all fantasy statistics! what you write is simply nonsens!

      July 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  8. Mari

    Whomever has the guns makes the rules. Amanpour would have us be at the mercy of criminals and our criminal government.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  9. Jack

    Amanpour pulled a Fox News.. careful.. your bias is showing.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  10. h

    disgusting how obama used the tradgey to push his gun control agenda why couldnt he just be there for support of the people instead he uses it to his advantage

    July 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
    • Andy in Oz

      If one is going to post a comment and be taken seriously I suspect spelling etc may help your cause somewhat.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  11. david

    just so you know I was talking to you, Mehr kalami

    July 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  12. e.david

    Quite frankly, I don't give a damn what Christiane Amanpour thinks, anyway. If she is baffled by the supposed "gun craze" in the US, then it shows just how little she understands about the US, and Americans in general. Well, most Americans, anyway.

    July 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  13. bob

    hey christiane, how about doing an article about the "clueless media?"

    July 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  14. B MOORE

    I can not for one second believe that a person who has traveled the world to include Africa and the Middle East believe that the US has a Gun Ownership problem. I do not own nor do I want a gun but some on use proper statistics. We are the largest free society of course we own more because oppressive nations won't allow them and if you added up equal square miles in NE Africa I am sure they would rival the US easily.

    I have been in the Military for 18 years and in that time I will tell you that Humans want weapons nothing more than that.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Jeroen

      Well...uhhh just because it worse else were does not mean it good where you live. There are more of these type of killings in the USA. We in Europe watch the same movies as you do and play the same video games. Yet more killing with gun-fire are in the USA then in Europe. There must be a reason right? I doubt American are simply more murderous then Europeans.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      @B MOORE:

      This is an example of the uneducated rants by a lot I'd Americans who hypocritically ask for facts before throwing down a bunch of BS themselves.

      The US is the largest free society? A tiny country with 1.2 billion people called India may have something to say to that "fact". Oh, they also became the country they are today in thanks to a terrible violent dictator named Ghandi, look him up some time...because, like you say....humans want guns. Except in India, which despite all the so called "ingredients" for murder and crime (poverty, corruption, etc.) they have a lower murder rate than the USA, by quite a bit as well.

      And it is funny, you say that your experience in the military has allowed you to learn that all humans want guns. Well, if I spent 18 years in McDonalds, can I claim that all humans want Big Macs?

      And the dumbest theory I have heard is that MORE guns is the solution. As in the murderer would have been stopped had he citizens been armed. What a short sighted load of crap from a brainwashed and uneducated society. What is the nature of warfare? To one up each other. If criminals learn that everyone has guns, they will start bombing the theatres. Evil begets evil, always has and always will. Only in America is the solution to murder more murder. Arm everyone and become a country of gun toting fearful cowards whose solution to external, and now internal problems is killing each other.

      Yes, "leader of the free world" indeed...

      July 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
      • Thor

        Hey, Adam (@B MOORE), if you're Australian, I guess that says it all! Go back to your Fosters so you can think up some more BS? (Sorry to all other intelligent and sensible Australians – yes we've got American idiots too! – just had to use his choice of words so he'd get the picture)

        July 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Petunia Skrebble

        Adam, you are showing your ignorance AND YOUR ARROGANCE. India is not a free society. ITS A CASTE SYSTEM, GO CHECK IT OUT. They permanently repress those who are BORN INTO A SPECIFIC CLASS AND THEY CAN NEVER LEAVE It. IF THAT IS FREEDOM TO YOU , then you are the ignorance one with no right to be so arrogant.

        July 28, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  15. Jeroen

    The laywer is a funny man. Look at the list of people who where stopped. I mean that list is bigger then the amount of actual shooting incident in Europe! Offcourse gun free zones do not work unless the whole of the US is a gun-free zone or to the very least heavily regulated and it will not instantly solve the problem. People will have to turn in there weapons first and the law enforces should work hard to keeping guns out.

    I mean I would have no clue how to get a gun. Even if I wanted to go around and shooting people I would most likely not be able to obtain a gun. Ye right in his time it was all roses in the USA...Blaming it on the current generation is a bit off, but let say he is right...would that not mean it even more important to prevent young people at least from buying a gun? Especial 2 pistols, a rifle and a shotgun? Why the hell would a 24 year old need that and why would he be able to get one without someone at least mentally testing him?

    July 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  16. citizenmn

    We Americans behave the same way about guns as Moslems do about Islam: in a crazy fashion. If you don't think this is troubling, you need to think some more about it. We can have sensible gun laws that protect public safety and a person's ability to hunt or collect guns as hobbies if we put aside the irrational thinking about guns first. Let's do it; America deserves the best.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  17. americasupersucks6969

    The gun issue will never end because americans are paranoid – r e t a r d s – who are easily frightened and then go running to their guns

    July 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Juan Carlos

      lol ! Thanks for the laugh! Now go back to your mom's basement.

      July 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  18. Jeff

    Ms. Amanpour, the same can be said about journalism..............sensationalism in journalism (I use that term loosely). This event was nothing more than an act of yet another irresponsible person. /When are journalists going to start seeing things for what they are instead of trying to blame an inanimate object in their quest to gain headlines? Around the world many people have died from the improper use of portable LP gas tanks used in bombs. Why are these still easily accessible?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  19. Vlad

    Aren't we all sick and tired of all these foreign nationals telling us how to live, what to do, and how to behave? You don't like guns, move to North Korea or China. Ohhh wait, but you won't right?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  20. Donrekenn

    The commentator (anti gun guy) a Canadian failed to mention the Canadian gun registry was disbanded because it cost a fortune and does not work. He also failed to mention the shooting in the Eaton Center a few months back. These anti gun nuts are in effect, nuts...

    July 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  21. nathan

    when it rains, A-man-pour.....and its a good thing your a Christian-ah.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  22. Bacchus.atlanta

    How about focusing on why has American become such a violent society in the past 20 or so years. Gun are not the real issue, it's the people in our country.

    July 24, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  23. Nik

    Comparing deaths by car accidents to deaths by guns is silly: nearly everyone drives every day, often several times a day. Everyone does not own, or fire guns everyday, much less several times a day. The presence of a gun in a household INCREASES insurance both home insurance and car insurance. I guess big business figured out that guns don't make you safer, but we the people are delusional. Interesting.
    As for protection against Govt Tyranny? Remind me when these gun controlled countries last behaved in a tyranical manner towards their own people: Canada, UK, Sweden, France? The largest free country in the world: gun controlled India, had a period of around a year during which the Federal Govt toook over power: that Government was elected out of power non-violently. On the other hand, guns are widespread across Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East: where the Governments routinely abuse their people. You think we should pour more guns into those hellholes?
    Violence. mutual hatred and increased gun ownership do not make us safe. The principle of "Do unto others.." is what makes societies safe. Good enough for the Bible, but not good enough for gun owners?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  24. maciek

    Well... I must say that watching this video and reading your comments has given me a feeling that USA is some exotic country, not that much civilised as someone would expect. I live in Europe and I want to provide you with two facts:
    1) I have never heard a sound of a gunshot in public area (I have only seen a real gun carried by a policeman/security in public area).
    2) Even walking through the most dangerous parts of the cities I am not afraid of being pointed with a gun.

    I don't want to carry a gun myself, because I know that using it requires certain level of skill and being sober (yes, I like to have few drinks from time to time). Americans, answer yourselves, would you like to have the comfort I feel?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  25. Dyan Logan

    It is not just the American love of guns that people in other countries do not understand. Shows like Jersey Shore, Hoggers,etc. do little to make people think there is intelligence out there. I think what disturbs me are the comments people make after a story.(doesn't matter what the story is about). A baby in a movie theatre......BAD MOM......TAKE THE CHILD AWAY OR KILL THE MOM. or blame Obama.Most comments are judgemental and hate filled. People cannot seem to comment in a thoughtful informed way anymore. Fighting a war in Irac all those years and they still cannot pronounce the name of the country they are fighting in. I am sure the founding fathers had assault guns and weaponry like we have today when they wrote the second ammendment. Americans are such a generous people and the country has sooooo much good in it but that blind love of guns and the rage that the citizens express will only bring more violence.If the people of Europe and other nations question or comment they are put down and their comments are not even considered to have any merit. This furthers the belief that ignorance is alive and well.(read the comments posted about Amanpour) The killings in Canada are few compared to the States and the guns used are smuggled into the country fom the states for pot or cash.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  26. robert

    Based on the logic of the gun lobby, each american should own a nuclear weapon, because nuclear weapons don't kill people, people kill people. What criminal is going to break into my home if he nows I'll blow him and the entire city up? What government is going to do me wrong if it knows I'v got the bomb? And with all those nuclear materials floating around the world it could be that my neighbour already has the bomb so I need to protect myself from him. I think that it is ever american's duty to have at least one nuclear bomb to protect himself and his family. And we don't need to worry about bad guys getting the bomb because all the government needs to do is make it illegal for bad guys to own a bomb. Finally americans will feel safe in their homes knowing that every criminal act will be responded to with mutually assured destruction.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  27. Adam

    As a non-American citizen but an Australian one, it seems the folks in the USA appear oblivious to how absurd it sounds that the only way to curb mass slaughter of your fellow countryman is to arm MORE people. Huh? That's like handing casino chips to gambling addicts or inviting your local pedophile to a school recital. The whole rhetoric around "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a backward and outdated ideology and it's exactly that kind of thinking that mystifies the rest of the world, as we watch our friends in the USA repeatedly kill one another on a massive scale. Its quite sad.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
  28. Curtis

    One big reason these nuts go on their rampage is to get week long coverage and in depth analysis of themselves – in short, instant fame. Also, if you watch mainstream news you get the feeling that we're in the midst of an apocalypse. The media needs viewers to sell advertising, so they constantly hype up the most sensational stories they can find. Violent movies and games are pretty well understood as fiction or history, but the news has a different effect on people. Our perception of the world is colored by the news, causing increased stress and paranoia – it's no wonder that occasionally someone snaps. I know there are many people going through tough times today, but our fathers went through even tougher times. I don't know if there are more bad guys or guns per capita than when I was a kid, but daily life seems pretty normal – nice, actually (if I don't watch too much news).

    July 25, 2012 at 4:51 am | Reply
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