I'm American and I can say that most of us are almost obsessed with guns. Guns don't kill, people do, but well, the guns themselves get into the wrong hands. We can't help black markets and the illegal sales of guns but it will definitely help in the long run. I honestly don't see it as a strip of our constitutional rights. I wouldn't want a gun myself, they're too dangerous.
I am an American, as are the others who respond yes to this opinion question. In the strictest sense, we constitute a set of "Americans". This set wants gun control. Therefore Americans want gun control.
Even so, I do not want weapons BANNED, just controlled. I would argue that every non-violent free American should be trained to use and given a weapon for self defense should they prove able to pass training. Even so, there is good reason to prevent ownership of weapons with unnecessary capabilities or features for weapons of hunting or self defense.
How dare anyone say that the government is behind all the school shootings? I mean, how DARE you?! Children are dying and no one is offering any solutions except for the democrats. The parents of the dead children have begged the NRA, in court, for just a little gun control to protect the children that are still alive, and the NRA looked them in the eyes and said no. I don't know how these people sleep at night. Children are dying and all you care about is owning a gun capable of killing dozens of people in under a minute that you can never even use! God, this country has gone to hell.
How do people not want gun control that is one of the most stupid thing i have ever seen guns kill 100,000s of people ever year places in the u.S with strong gun control less people die by gun how is that hard to see. This kind of thing makes me sick people die all the time by guns and other people say that more guns is the answer. More guns = more gun deaths and it makes me sad to see after ever mass shooting our politicians say that it is not the time to talk about gun control but we have to talk about it or nothing gets down. There is a little girl how died in my town by a gun and this was a vary sad thing but another sad thing was to see how the people of my town say this. They said it was road rage but the car did not kill the girl it WAS THE GUN. This makes me vary sick
Americans want to keep their guns for hunting deer and self protection. But NO intelligent American can truly believe that anyone should be able to have an assault weapon. Assault riffles are for hunting humans. They are for killing. They need to be banned. I don't want to live with fear.
Individuals who desire and justify firearm ownership are not in alignment with their recent or far past ancestors. Guns used to be appropriately respected, kept to a minimum and away from inexperienced hands. The Baby-Boomer generation, through their complacency and disposable income have abused the option by allowing individuals who are not properly trained nor fully knowledgeable of the appropriate use for firearms.
"The truth is logic won’t break this problem; you can waste your life explaining that fat guys in Crocs carrying assault rifles through Wal-Mart isn’t what the Founding Fathers meant by “well-regulated”. You can try showing how nobody has ever “come to take your guns” even though every four years you idiots fall for that line and continue voting Republican. You can explain that the number of mass shootings in this country has skyrocketed in tandem with gun sales. You can show pictures of dead schoolkids. It doesn’t matter. The NRA has too much power, because lobbying. Because campaign contributions.
So here’s my take:
If you don’t support universal background checks, it’s because you wouldn’t pass one. You don’t count. BOOM.
If you think assault rifles are used for hunting, you don’t count. If you need a 30-round clip to take down a whitetail deer, hunting is not your fucking sport. Go take up bowling. BOOM.
If you have ever said the words “take our guns” and meant it, you don’t count. You’re a conspiracy theorist, and not the kind of fella we want to see armed. Seven years, and Obama hasn’t taken one single gun. Stop that. You sound crazy. The NRA sells you that bullshit every election, and it’s time to grow up. BOOM.
If you use the “cars are lethal, too” defense, then you are ipso facto in support of registration, regulation, licensing, insurance, periodical safety examination and extensive training. BOOM.
If you think the NRA “does a lot of good” or has any of your interests in mind, you don’t count. You’re fucking stupid. BOOM.
And lastly, if you ever quote the Second Amendment, you admit two things:
1. That you understand “well-regulated” doesn’t mean every person, every place, every kind of gun.
2. That you understand an “Amendment” is a flat-out admission that laws can be changed, and sometimes need to be."
"As it turns out, the Weimar Republic, the German government that immediately preceded Hitler’s, actually had tougher gun laws than the Nazi regime. After its defeat in World War I, and agreeing to the harsh surrender terms laid out in the Treaty of Versailles, the German legislature in 1919 passed a law that effectively banned all private firearm possession, leading the government to confiscate guns already in circulation. In 1928, the Reichstag relaxed the regulation a bit, but put in place a strict registration regime that required citizens to acquire separate permits to own guns, sell them or carry them.
The 1938 law signed by Hitler that LaPierre mentions in his book basically does the opposite of what he says it did. “The 1938 revisions completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as well as ammunition,” Harcourt wrote. Meanwhile, many more categories of people, including Nazi party members, were exempted from gun ownership regulations altogether, while the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18, and permit lengths were extended from one year to three years."
Why was a gun made? It was made to kill and yes I get that there are people that do like guns in America and that is completely fine. Most gun owners in fact absolutely hate gun crimes and I don't see how a stronger background check is such a big deal. They're just seeing if you are indeed mentally capable of owning a gun! Guns can be used for good purposes but we just want it to be a safer and comfortable environment for everyone in the US.
It's about changing your views and behavior around guns. When angry or feeling that you have been wronged, don't reach for a gun. This seems all to common these days. Change is needed. No more standing by and using this ans an argument to arm yourself more. Why do we need to own high powered killing tools. You can't argue that you need a 50 cal Barrett for hunting. Come on , let's do the right thing and start addressing it attitude toward guns and the ease of access to them.
The idea that we don't have gun control is utterly false. All reasonable gin control laws have proven to be ineffective because there really is no way to know who the people are that might shot someone. Most sorts well pass a background check . And could still quite weapons if the tried hard enough. When it comes down to it making more laws won't stop people from breaking other laws. The problem isn't so bad in America because because we don't have gun control which we do but because there are Americans who want to kill other Americans they will continue no matter what laws You make. We need to figure out why we have these shooters not making feel good laws.
I've got a grand idea. Lets make drugs, driving drunk and speeding illegal. OH WAIT, its already illegal. And you know what, people still do it! Take guns away from lawful, non-violent citizens and guess what, criminals still have their guns! If the government went after those who legally purchased a registered firearm, then criminals would still have their guns. Their guns aren't registered so they will not turn them in! In fact, when you take guns away from law abiding citizens, guess what, crime increases because people are more vulnerable. There are lots of different gun owners in the US. There are those who do it strictly for hobby, like myself. We dont shoot to be violent or practice our killing skills, we shoot for the sport. Its fun its a skill that can be practiced, its like golf. You aim, you shoot and see how close you are, then you try again to get better. Other people have a gun or two for personal or home defense. Again, nothing wrong here, they dont have the intention of killing someone. Most people keep a fire extinguisher in their house dont they? Not because they expect a fire but they want to be prepared to protect themselves and their home if at all possible. Also, police arrive on scene after the shooting happens. I live about 45 minutes west of Milwaukee, and on the news there is always a shooting that happened very early in the morning. They always say police think the shooting occurred around 1am or 2am because they werent even called until after the crime was done. If somebody breaks into your house, the odds are that 99 percent of the time, police will not arrive until the criminal is long gone. Still yet, there are people who keep and bear arms to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Thats what the second amendment was originally written for. The first step in any tyrannical government is to take away its citizens' guns. Hitler, Stalin or even Great Britain did it to its imperialized territories to prevent an up rising. Japan was planning to attack the west coast of the US after Pearl Harbor, the reason the general declined? "There will be a gun behind every blade of grass." Take the citizens guns away and guess what, we're an easy target. So next time you cry and moan about Sandy Hook or Aurora, imagine if every teacher in the building had an assigned, case-locked side arm that could be used to protect the students in an intruder situation. I guarantee less kids would have died. Or if people in the movie theater were CCW. One calm, precise shot, as the CCW holders are trained for hours to do and a great many lives would have been saved. Because when those men barge in on a killing spree, they arent expecting opposition, they arent ready to be shot at. They search for the gun-less, easy target.
Gun don't kill people kill people why blame it on the guns. Do we blame the car that a drunk drive was driving or do we blame the person. This isn't about guns this is about control. Which the 2 amendment states that people have the right to keep bear arms. In the year 1791 so why change it now?
Prohibition in any form doesn't work
Not for guns
Not for drugs
Not for prostitution
This includes abortion
Unless you want to put a camera in every house and policeman in every house.
The only thing we get to decide is who is going to profit from it.
CRIMINALS or CITIZENS?
In till we open our damn eyes and see this simple answer the better off we will be as a society.
Then we can focus on things that matter like repealing the patriot act. Firing politicians that support SOPA, etc.
Its a fact, people kill people, guns just get in the wrong hands. Blame the people not the tool. Cars kill, bats can kill, fires kill, why are they not banned? You can't punish the object that does the harm, you need to punish the person responsible for its doings.
I believe that without guns, the general population would be in danger. As said, people kill people, not guns. The parents of the dead children are clearly just going through grief. It would have more severe repercussions for gun control than not doing anything. Gun control should not happen for the general population.
People think taking away guns will stop the "bad guys". Making a law that is taking away guns doesn't mean all the bad guys will put their guns away it only means people who have guns for recreation self defense and hunting reasons will no longer have them. If you take the general publics right to bear arms you are leaving only the bad guys with the guns. If someone is crazy and determined to kill someone saying you cant have guns wont stop them they will still use a gun! If someone wants to kill someone they will not care if it is against the law to use a gun they are already committing murder they don't have a lot to loose. Gangs and bad people will still have guns and only they will so that leaves the general public in more danger. Crime rates are the lowest were people not only have guns but have the right to carry it on them. No one is going to rob a store at gun point that is going to have other people with guns inside. I think the real problem is people are afraid of guns because they don't understand it. What if someone decided that you could no longer drive because cars kill people? You would say "that's ridiculous cars don't kill people, people kill people" in the same way guns don't kill people, people kill people. The fact of it is you cant take away everything that can kill people because a bunch of people get scared.
There have been many political leaders that disarms their citizens, and then took away their freedom and who's to say that the leaders of America wouldn't do it? These days you cant trust anyone especially not politicians. The fact is that more crimes are stopped by citizens with guns than caused by citizens with guns so in theory the crime rate with increase dramatically
These unconstitutional draconian gun laws serve no other purpose than to slowly disarm the citizenry of this country and transition what was once a constitutional republic into totalitarianism where we have no property or rights. Don't forget what Thomas Jefferson wrote: "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." We the People wrote the Constitution and grant the Government certain privileges – we tell them what they can and cannot do. The Constitution and Bill of Rights exist for no other purpose than to restrict and confine Government power. If you wrap a cord around your bicycle and forget to lock its two ends together, will your bicycle still be there when you return? Not necessarily. We the People created Government and grant them certain privileges. If we haven't read and understood the Constitution and are therefore incapable of keeping our Government confined within their constitutional limitations, will they refrain from extending beyond those boundaries? I don't blame Congress or the Supreme Court for perverting the Constitution anymore than I would blame children for swinging from the chandeliers at the mall or otherwise misbehaving in public. We the People are responsible for our Government in the same manner parents are responsible for their children. We've been horrible parents. The first act of every dictator in history, before assuming complete and total power over his subjects, has been to disarm the population. 300,000,000 citizens with firearms tends to conflict with a dictator's agenda to have a high level of ascendancy. I see history iterating itself and I wonder why we as a society assume because a room full of men with jackets and ties wrote a law on paper that it's valid and must be followed. Those men I spoke of took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution before assuming office. If they fail to do so, they're guilty of both perjury and treason.
You must understand that a gun is only a tool. Take proper care of it. Take proper training courses. Ensure proper storage, safe storage, and ensure those who can come into contact with it, will abide by the same guidelines you have been taught. Be responsible and you will find yourself a happy gun owner. A gun is a very useful and powerful tool, it only demands the same level of care and responsibility.
There are many reasons to regulate guns and there are many reasons to not regulate guns. However I am not on the fence about whether or not our government should put the time and effort into it. Because finding each and every gun owner and finding each and every one of his or her firearms would just put more strain on our economy and tension between government officials and the general public. However if they were to encourage gun owners to tag their guns themselves rather than wait to be caught with it then that would make more sense. Plus (insert the 'Hitler took all the guns away from the people' argument here)