Gun control. For or against?
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Not poorly worded at all Enty.
@sunnyhorse why can't more gun owners be like you?
Beautifully written @Another Josh. I totally agree. Thanks for sharing this!
Very well said.
I'm a gun owner who despises the NRA and believes in strict gun guntrol laws. And if I hear that "spoons cause obesity" bullshit again, I'm gonna scream. Enough with the NRA talking points — if you can't tell the difference between a gun and a spoon and why that's an absolutely shitty analogy, you don't have any business owning a gun.
I'm against gun control.
Very complicated issue. I dont like guns, dont hv any, and wld love see gun control of semi automatics and to look into why someone wld be buying full body armor. I say have all the guns u want, just keep them the he away from me. I dont get why people are so rabid about insisting they have to hv them. Having said that, millions hv guns and dont go around shooting peeps. So idk!
Oh Jennmcn, the president did address the issue many times, and once in 2009 after Obama addressed gun violence in Chicago, “Listen, I think it’s a great idea to promote Chicago but he’s the president of the United States, not the mayor of Chicago,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said. So, go figure.
This guy bought numerous weapons from various stores within the last couple of months. There is a federal database which shows store purchases in any state. This is a HUGE RED FLAG that went undetected.
Not sure how they track the internet charges.
SAT – 7/21 – 3:50 AM CST
Now there's a report that this psycho bought 6.000 rounds of ammo online. That's legal? That didn't raise any f'ing red flags? Cheese-N-Rice.
For, but I don't think it would have stopped what happened in Aurora. Look at what happened in Norway.
I'm not saying all your guns should be taken away, but handguns, and semi-automatic weapons… If you want a gun for hunting, use a rifle.
This whole idea of pricing bullets at extraordinary levels is so, so dumb. First of all, if each bullet cost, say, $300, how is the average person going to be able to go to the shooting range and practice marksmanship and safety? They won't. So then we'd just have a bunch of people owning guns who are even less well-trained than we have now. Brilliant.
Also, do any of you have any idea how easy it is to make your own bullet? It is incredibly simple and cheap. You can find videos demonstrating it online, for heaven's sake.
I'm against gun control. I grew up in a big gun control state, threatening signs at the boarder the whole deal. Never picked up a handgun until I was 21 and I will never give up the right to own one. It's my legal right.
Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country and at least 20 people get a shot in a weekend, every weekend. Notice Obama doesn't say anything about that.
That is not a fact.
I'm with Another Josh!
I live in an area with some escalating crime and the idea of everyone arming themselves defensively seems like it is going to be the root of more future problems than the solution to any of the ones that are bubbling up, the true causes of which continue to go unaddressed.
But if I had to take a stand on the intersection of government and violence it'd be fighting for the abolition of the death penalty not tighter gun controls.
@robin the mad photographer-You hit every point exactly right!
Keeping a gun in your house, say, next to your bed to protect yourself, makes it an easy target for genuine bad guys. 600,000 guns are stolen from houses every year.
Don't give a gun to a criminal; don't own one. And don't give a gun to anyone without a thorough background check. And don't give an automatic weapon to anyone at all.
I am from the uk and you don't hear of shootings here except the odd isolated cases of gangs shooting each other. Even our police don't carry guns and yet violent crime here is way less than the states. I think I will freak out if I came close to a gun on a person who is not law enforcement. I personally strongly believe tough gun controls will reduce incidents like these.
Outlawing guns means that less of the population will have them. The "wrong" people mostly use them to kill other "wrong" people.
There is an article about the shooting and the fact the US government is doing nothing to stop these massacres happening in the New Yorker. People against gun control really seem like they're only thinking of themselves and not the victims.
For! Guns are dangerous and need to be controlled. How many people have to die for others to have their toys?
For. There is NO reason a person needs an AR-15. None whatsoever!
I'm amused and scared by posters picking a reason (not one of mine) and "disproving" it to their own satisfaction.
And the countries with much smaller populations being used to prove point. Pfft. We are discussing the USA and the 330M+ people here.
Yes, any arms- military included have the potential to kill people. And if the situation arises where I need to defend myself, my family or my home, mine will be. Yes, that includes legal military type weapons, as intended by the 2nd Amendment.
Oh, and the "gun show loophole"? That is the one-private-citizen-selling-a-weapon-to-another-private-citizen freedom.
+1 to liteNOTSObrite
We don't need gun control, we need crazy people control!
No really, there needs to be a viable alternative to help the dangerously mentally ill in this country to shield the rest of us. We can thank Ronnie Regan for helping demolish what was in place. It wasn't perfect, at least their was an option.
You don't live near Oakland, Richmond, or Vallejo, California do you? The police force ahs been drastically reduced to basically zilch. The prisons are letting people out due to over crowding. Parole agents are no longer in charge of the supervision of these criminals. In this economy the police and other agencies do not have the man power to be effective.
Europe here – FOR!!!
Just compare the numbers… How many gun-related deaths in the US? How many over here?
I third this! it's a damn shame people are going to bastardize this latest tragedy in order to enforce laws that will have absolutely no bearing on their safety.
against. but i doubt our founding fathers thought ak47's would be a possibility, so there needs to be some limit on the type of guns.
what a world we live in today. i guess our choice is to work from home, shop online and stream netflex.
I am glad and lucky to live in a country with gun restrictions
Against. I'm a liberal, registered Democrat who regularly votes, if anyone cares to know.
And holy fuck, I can't BELIEVE someone compared Afghanistan to Switzerland.
Oh and–i would love to carry a cop with me instead of a gun. But they are heavy and in limited supply.
Against. Controlling guns does nothing to stop those intent on doing harm, but only takes away my ability to defend myself.I have a strange fascination with the erroneous idea that the only thing keeping us frommurdering the fuck out of each other are gun laws. I *have* guns. I don't go around shooting people because i'm not a killer.
Sorry folks, I mentioned the missing and murdered women, because as we learned from the Robert Pickton case you don't need a gun to be a serial killer. My apology.
Amen! If guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns.
Some who argued against gun control mentioned cars, aspirin, castor plants, forks, knives, rocks, and 2x4s as examples of things that should also be controlled if we're going to control guns, because in the wrong hands, they can also case death.
Guns are designed for one purpose – to kill.. huge difference.
As a couple of Canadians pointed out, they have guns, but with stricter controls, and have substantially fewer deaths as a result.
The responsible answer to the stricter gun control question is yes. The paranoid answer is no.
I also think the right to bear arms was written back in the days when you needed to protect your land from the indians! There is no reason for a person to need a semi-automatic weapon. I live in Canada – i've never touched a gun, i don't know anyone who has, and we have had 26 murders in the city of montreal so far this year, most of which are drug related.So, in a city this size, with so little crime, do i need the right to bear arms? only if i wanna be george zimmerman
Tell you what. come live in Canada for a while and see why we have so little crime… GUN CONTROL WORKS
For responsible gun ownership. That means the extensive background check. I'll do it because I have nothing to hide. Those that do? Sorry, the 2nd Amendment is null and void for crazies.
FOR gun control and have marched in favor of closing the gun show loophole.
While I'd love a gun-free nation, I know that will never happen. So I'm in favor of doing anything that will make it more difficult for the wrong people to get guns.
I won't answer either way but if you want to watch Chris Rock's version of gun control:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuX-nFmL0IIHe basically says we don't need gun control we need bullet control. If bullets cost $5000, there wouldn't be any more innocent bystanders.
I am for gun control as gun violence has gone way overboard and needs some regulation to at least lessen the amount of gun crimes. I don't get it why the Americans are so obsessed with guns, I really don't.