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Should congress increase gun control?

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Started: 3/2/2015 Category: Politics
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sgoodall

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Gun control is not something we should take lightly. The ease of buying a gun and or guns with tons of ammo (possible armour piercing). When I adopted my dog there was background checks, house visits, and tons of paperwork. When my neighbor went to buy a gun it was two forms and an automated phone call. Then after people get the gun, people need ammo. Just like lots of other things in the American culture you can buy ammo in bulk and or specialized. Some bullets practically exploded with shrapnel on the bullets impact. Not everyone should be able to buy a gone and certainly not a gun that could kill the very officers trying to protect them.

It is crazy that people can not only buy military grade guns but they can do it easily and quickly. Don't get me wrong I love to shoot guns, big guns, hand guns, shot guns, and everything in between. But there is a place for that, it is called a shooting range. If people want a AK47 or a UZI for fun thats fine but it should have to be in secure location that police can check at their discretion. Its not like an UZI or AK are good for home defensive unless you live in a war zone and there is not you can hunt with a gun that barely hits on target.

With these these guns there is obviously ammo needed. All bullets have the potential to be deadly. However the odds of survival get better when the person is wearing a bulletproof vest, such as police officers, SWAT, and the armed services. But these vests are no match for some bullets, such as armor pricing. Large powerful guns and very deadly specialized bullets is a very deadly mixture.

As many people on the con side will say, "Guns do not kill people, people kill people". I say to them, "Cars do not drive themselves, people do not make themselves, and people can kill people with tons of other weapons but they don't they use guns. Guns do kill people but people have to pull the trigger. We need to find a balance between self defense and protecting the people without guns.

Guns are a tricky business the perfect balance is virtual impossible to find. But protecting the homeland and all the citizens that live here is priority one.
NickTheRationalPolitician

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From the wise words of the late Robert Heinlein, "An armed society is a polite society.". Ironically, Heinlein, a renown writer whose career revolved around fiction, is not speaking about some idealistic utopian society. Rather, by many aspects, Heinlein is making a factual statement. For example, due to the threat of Germany invading Switzerland during WWII, (which they never did, thanks to the Alps) every man was trained to shoot and handle a gun, and thus given a gun. This is still administered today, with males between the ages of 20-30 trained in the militia and expected to have their own personal gun ready to go when needed, hence having one of the highest proportions of gun-people ratios in the world, and with only a 0.77 firearm homicides a year per 100,000, as compared to 3.21 in the US (Who also have double the amount of firearms per 100 people at 88.8, almost double second-place Switzerland). A disturbing fact was also included in the article, " While the U.S. houses less than 5 percent of the world's population, the country has approximately 35-50 percent of civilian-owned guns worldwide" http://www.deseretnews.com... However, ironically, the biggest contributor toward the US being a statistical anomaly are the people inflicting violence inward, instead of outward. Almost 65 percent of firearm deaths in the US annually are suicides, which do not require the heavy weapons that you vehemently oppose. Another estimated 5 percent of firearm deaths are caused accidentally / misuse. Only 25-30 percent of firearm deaths are homicides, with even a smaller majority of that being caused by heavy weapons. http://smartgunlaws.org... This counteracts the need for restrictions on gun policy in accordance with your ideology of people's capability of killing each other so easily because of advanced available fire arms. Not to mention the legal repercussions of enacting such restrictive laws, since these laws would be unconstitutional according to the 2nd Amendment. Attempts at restriction failed though District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), with both being struck down as unconstitutional in favor of the independent. https://www.law.cornell.edu... Thanks for your time :)
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