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Should private citizens be allowed to legally own guns?

  • You guys don't see the good thing about having guns.

    All of you have been saying "oh virginal tech shootings or columbine never would have happened." What about the people who get guns illegally? The government can't stop that. But if all those other students had guns, the shooter would have probably been less likely to open fire. Because, if a student heard a shot or saw somebody being shot, his first reaction may be to get help, but if he's being shot at, his first reaction would be to fire back and neutralize his target and all would be avoided. Lord bless those students' souls.

  • Need a gun? False arguement

    The argument that "no one NEEDS an AK-47" is completely flawed in a free society, and here's why. I own an ak-47 as well as several high capacity magazines, and no, I don't actually need them. In truth, no civilian needs an ak-47 or an AR-15. Just the same as no one actually NEEDS A corvette, or a smartphone, or a playstation, or a big screen tv, or a guitar, or designer clothes, or a movado watch. No one NEEDS an iPod or an iPad, or cosmetic surgery, or a set of golf clubs. 

    BUT in a free country, responsible law abiding people should be allowed to spend their disposable income on whatever they like. Today you want the government to take away guns, but what will you say when they tell you that you have to surrender your Cadillac escalade because it's inefficient? What about the government tells you that you're not permitted to buy a 6,000 square foot house because since you're single with no kids that you dont actually NEED that much space? You've been saving for a Harley for years, but when the time comes the government prohibits you from buying it because since you can't transport your wife and 3 kids on it, you don't actually NEED it. 

    Be careful what you wish for people. Start down the path of limiting freedoms and it's only a matter of time before the government has us all wearing the same clothes, driving the same cars, eating the same food and living in identical shelters... Because that's what they deemed we actually NEEDED.

  • We'll be safer if we can own guns.

    A public that is armed is safer than a public that is unarmed. If every person is trained to use a firearm, how will criminals cope? Criminals of all sorts love defenseless victims. Let's not be victims! Guns save lives in self defense every day. Just don't expect to see that on the news!

  • The wording is piss poor.

    The constitution does not GRANT any rights to citizens. It only protects them. There is no way that the constitution could possible list all the rights that a citizen has naturally. The constitution is there to protect our rights only. Part of your natural right is the right to defend yourself. That right is an absolute right.

  • Learn the definition of Assault Rifle.

    An Assault-Rifle is a rifle that has selective fire. Meaning it can be selected to fire in automatic, bursts, or single shot. These weapons used recently, like the AR-15, are not military grade. They are just a basic rifle that is able to be fired from the hip. Assault-Rifles are already banned in the U.S. without a very expensive, and difficult license to obtain.

    With that being said, look at Switzerland, and then look at the U.K. Both have complete different gun laws, and both have very different crime statistics. Little hint, the one with little gun laws and open carrying is allowed have lower crime stats. An armed society is a safe society.

  • some guys are just crazy

    just a month ago someone walked into a movie theater and shot almost 16 people.what if that was YOUR family member? what if that was YOU? people should check for guns and knives. THEY ARE DANGEROUS!!!!

  • The benefits outweigh the harm.

    Guns must be kept legal.

    Guns can have negative and tragic effects, but the benefits of firearms far outweigh the harm caused by them. The right to bear arms is not just to defend your home. It is also to defend yourself from the government should it become tyrannical. This was the original purpose of the Second Amendment as it states, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." This is the very reason why semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 must be kept legal. If you think that America's government cannot become one of tyranny, you need to man up and face the facts. It has happened to many other countries, and it can happen to ours too.

    Many of the individuals supporting gun control do not want to see more deaths occur because of firearms. No one likes death, but this is not the way to approach this situation. To assist in lowering the crimes involving guns, better background checks looking for a history of criminal activity and mental health issues should be made. Also, if you think that police officers (please take note that I highly respect them) should take care of all of the criminals, think again. Police officers respond to situations after they have already started, and many times ended. In life-and-death situations, seconds can make a huge difference. Although no national average response time for police officers exists, it varies across the country from a less than four minute to thirty-five minute wait. A lot can happen in a four minute wait when there is a lunatic running around with a gun. The average response time for an armed civilian, however, is five seconds. Do the math.

    No amount of gun control or gun-free zones will stop individuals with an intent on hurting others. In fact, if you were a crazy person with a gun, where would you go to shoot people? WHERE NO ONE CAN SHOOT BACK! Also known as gun-free zones. No matter what, evil will still exist in this crazy world of ours. Because of this, we should have the right to protect ourselves.

    Citizens would have no self defense.

    Criminals would either ignore the laws, or find other weapons. Guns don't kill-people do. It is also against the second amendment. "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." You already need a permit for a gun. There are many regulations. Hunters also need guns.

  • It is about trust.

    Trust between the government and the governed. Trust between neighbors. If we can't trust our government, our neighbors or ourselves, then why even bother with a representative government? All liberties require responsibility. And, as the citizens in Libya and Syria might well counsel, liberties that are given away are costly to win back. As Benjamin Franklin would tell us, those who would trade liberty for safety would deserve neither.

  • God said

    Sell your stuff and buy a sword. Are you stupid? Or just expect someone else to protect you? We should enforce the death penalty for more crimes, then there would be less crime. Less criminals = less crime. Don't be a sheep. Defend yourself. Stop waiting for someone else to do something for you instead of doing it yourself.

  • Remember Hurricane Katrina?

    The police went home to protect their own families. Unfortunately we are still on a planet with people that take advantage of situations. Up here in NY during Hurricane Sandy there were isolated cases of looting even in the suburbs where I live. The police were too busy to help because they were manning the gas stations. We were about 2 days away from civil unrest. It was quite scary but I was prepared. I keep a shot gun with 3 non-lethal shells loaded and 3 lethal shells behind them. I don't to ever want to use it but if I must I will. When I'm not home all firearms are locked and unloaded in a safe. And I have a security system.

  • There is no reason to own a gun when you have a police force and an army.

    When the second amendment was put in the Constitution, there were no police forces and no standing army. We do not need the second amendment's rights anymore. The Constitution explicitly states the the purpose of owning a gun in the United States is so that citizens can form a militia. We don't need to form militias anymore! We have a police force and an army for that. The Constitution does not protect ownership of arms for any other purpose other than for forming a militia. Besides, the traditional arguments for hunting and self-defense are obsolete (hunting) and misguided (self-defense).

  • No

    'Guns kill people and that's bad, we should ban guns'. Great idea considering that, ya know, guns decide to get up and shoot people themselves. Car accidents kill far more people each year than guns, should we ban automobiles? No. Whatever law you pass, there will still be guns. There will still be mentally ill individuals (which are the real problem), and there will still be violence. No what you 'anti-gun' sheep think, guns will always be around. Criminals will always get guns no matter what laws. Even if something is illegal, you can still get it; just ask a drug addict. Someone mentioned that if there were no guns then it would be impossible to kill people in mass murders. False. I'm assuming 9/11 was caused by a gun? And that bombs, knives, and biological weapons don't exist? Fertilizer is easier to get than a gun and it can be used to kill far more people. Imagine if in the Sandy Hook or the Movie Theater shooting a bomb was used instead of a gun. And as for the individual who said to make guns 'impossible to get illegally'; that is honestly one of the stupidest things I have heard in my life. You assume that there are not other countries in the world or organizations that people may get weapons from. Making guns illegal won't solve our problem, get that out of your head. If private citizens own guns then they are more prone to protect themselves in assaults from criminals or home invasions. And all of these people claiming that normal people cause these shootings? I'd say about 90% of all these shootings were caused by mentally ill individuals whom obtained their weapons either illegally or borrowed from someone else; not bought. Also, for the individual who said if there weren't any guns it would be a lot harder to kill any other way; ever heard of that case in Japan where a man killed an entire classroom with just a knife? Oops, guess they were wrong, a knife can't kill someone only a gun can. Get your heads together and stop being naive and foolish about this topic. Use logic not emotion. And logically, taking away guns makes zero sense whatsoever.

  • Why ban nuclear weapons if guns are legal?

    If we believe that guns should be legal for most people, then why don't we believe that we should allow most citizens and most nations to have nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction. Guns are used in the same manner as nuclear weapons.

    Why are nuclear weapons outlawed if we have the right to bear arms? It is pretty obvious. Owning weapons of mass destruction is not what the second amendment means. There is an obvious context to the amendment which is not applicable here. Both guns and nuclear weapons are arms which are used as weapons to kill. We might as well live in underground caves with body armor and drive to work in a tank in a world where deadly weapons are not outlawed.

    Opinions are unanimous: Limiting the availability and spread of nuclear warfare and keeping them in control is the best way to prevent nuclear catastrophe. In the same manner, limiting the availability and spread of guns and keeping them in control is the best way to prevent unnecessary loss of life.

    How often was a life saved because of the widespread availability of guns by citizens compared to how often lives are threatened, injured, and killed.

    Killing one innocent human life unnecessarily is like killing the world. The fact that we even have to debate this shows that we lack an essential value for innocent human life.

  • Guns Should Be Illegal

    Should people have the free will to possess fire arms? No! On December 15, 1791 a law was stated that an individual had the right to possess fire arms. Nowadays this law has caused the death to many people in America, and who do we have to blame? Former presidents of the U.S have been too blind to see the damage that weapons are causing. On December 27th 2012 a shooting occurred at “Sandy Hook” elementary school, causing the death to 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. This event and many others in the past have caused people to debate whether it should still be legal for someone to carry a firearm. Every day we read stories about the deaths of hundreds of people just because of weapons.
    The US averages 9,146 deaths just caused by fire arms a year. The UK only averages 18. What a difference! If only the US stated a law that made weapons illegal, then less people would die , for sure. If people are allowed to carry weapons, how can we trust people? Stricter gun laws wills result into less shootings. Why do people need guns? For protection? There is no need for a dreadful, dangerous and deadly weapon to protect you. If guns were made illegal, the amount of deaths in the US would drop by thousands.
    There are many different ways that people get influenced in our modern day, such as shooting games, films, books and also their parents. It is said that John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman killed John Lennon because of a book he read “The Catcher in the Rye”. This shows that even the most peaceful things can cause a historical event. Nowadays new games and movies are released every year, and what people don’t know is that violent games and movies can influence people to become mental, crazy and viscous humans. Parents have huge impacts on the growth of a child, why don’t you tell your child that guns are horrific.
    Presidents in the US don’t do anything about the dreadful events happening in America. Even though thousands of people die every day, can’t they make a law to illegalize guns and go from thousands of deaths to hundreds of deaths. Allowing people to own weapons also allows mentally sick, mentally disordered or mentally disturbed people to walk around with a gun in their hands killing anyone they see. Might as well just bomb the whole country if you want people to die every day. Research shows that every 5 days, somewhere in the US, there is a shooting going on. Why not just end this, stop the shooting! Just say no more weapons.
    78% of murders are from weapons. How terrible. Won’t it be much easier to just ban all these horrific weapons and live life peacefully. Most people say guns are used for self-defense, if guns are illegal, then no one can kill you from a gun so there’s a 90% chance you won’t be attacked. People abuse the use of guns. There are many different ways of protecting yourself without needing a gun. Why not make the world a better place? It would be so much easier to live peacefully, instead of needing violence in this world.
    On the 20th of July 2012 12 people died and 59 people were wounded at a midnight cinema showing the new batman film near Denver, Colorado because a man came from the exit and started shooting people for no reason. If guns were illegal no one would’ve died and people would’ve had a relaxing night. Someone said “I was wondering if it was real life or a dream.” Imagine if you were there. How would you feel? We should ban guns in order to stop the harming of human beings. Violence if for disgusting, horrible and dreadful people.
    27% of people in America agree that firearms should be taken away from people because no one except for the police is responsible enough to possess a powerful, destructive and damaging weapons. Why should people be trusted with guns when people aren’t even responsible enough to drive a car. There are so many unnecessary deaths. Guns are only adding more deaths to the US average deaths. Some people say guns are good, they protect the family. What? Why would you need a gun to protect your family. If you’re scared at night, lock the door. There are so many easy ways to be safe without needing a fire arm.
    Living with fear. Why should we hide? Why do we have to be scared when we leave the house? It is a serious time. Too many acts of violence are happening in the US nowadays, and we need to stop this one way or another. I don’t understand why people would want to keep guns in the first place. How do guns help. Guns are not the answer to freedom and peace. There is already enough violence in the US, why must we encourage people to kill? Guns don’t only cause other people to kill but in 2005 17,002 suicides were Committed with guns. Take them away!

  • THEY ARE DANGEROUS!!!!

    Guns Should Be Illegal Should people have the free will to possess fire arms? No! On December 15, 1791 a law was stated that an individual had the right to possess fire arms. Nowadays this law has caused the death to many people in America, and who do we have to blame? Former presidents of the U.S have been too blind to see the damage that weapons are causing. On December 27th 2012 a shooting occurred at “Sandy Hook” elementary school, causing the death to 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. This event and many others in the past have caused people to debate whether it should still be legal for someone to carry a firearm. Every day we read stories about the deaths of hundreds of people just because of weapons.
    The US averages 9,146 deaths just caused by fire arms a year. The UK only averages 18. What a difference! If only the US stated a law that made weapons illegal, then less people would die , for sure. If people are allowed to carry weapons, how can we trust people? Stricter gun laws wills result into less shootings. Why do people need guns? For protection? There is no need for a dreadful, dangerous and deadly weapon to protect you. If guns were made illegal, the amount of deaths in the US would drop by thousands.
    There are many different ways that people get influenced in our modern day, such as shooting games, films, books and also their parents. It is said that John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman killed John Lennon because of a book he read “The Catcher in the Rye”. This shows that even the most peaceful things can cause a historical event. Nowadays new games and movies are released every year, and what people don’t know is that violent games and movies can influence people to become mental, crazy and viscous humans. Parents have huge impacts on the growth of a child, why don’t you tell your child that guns are horrific.
    Presidents in the US don’t do anything about the dreadful events happening in America. Even though thousands of people die every day, can’t they make a law to illegalize guns and go from thousands of deaths to hundreds of deaths. Allowing people to own weapons also allows mentally sick, mentally disordered or mentally disturbed people to walk around with a gun in their hands killing anyone they see. Might as well just bomb the whole country if you want people to die every day. Research shows that every 5 days, somewhere in the US, there is a shooting going on. Why not just end this, stop the shooting! Just say no more weapons.
    78% of murders are from weapons. How terrible. Won’t it be much easier to just ban all these horrific weapons and live life peacefully.

  • So many unnecessary deaths!

    I simply cannot get a grasp on what it is about AMERICANS that make them want guns SO badly. As someone brought up earlier, there are an excess of TEN THOUSAND deaths a year caused by guns, while in countries with strict gun control laws like the UK there were 18 last year! Why won't people open their eyes?!? An to the people who say "Oh but if there aren't guns then people will use knives and other weapons", yes that is true, but there is no possible way that horrible massacres like Columbine and Sandy Hook, where children where killed, could have been committed using a knife. As for people saying that it's for self defense- if there are stricter gun laws, the attacker will not have a gun! Self defense courses will be enough to protect the citizens of the US from this. As for people who think that guns "Keep the government in line", there is no way to sugar coat this - your stupid. If you even knew a fraction about the military, you would know that with a flick of his wrist the president COULD literally blow up the entire town that you are living in. Oh yeah AR 15's are really going to protect you from that...

    Guns don't care who they kill or mutilate. Kid's, Seniors, a gun doesn't differentiate between them. It is up to us to decide who the victims of guns will be. We have to stop the killing.

  • Dangerous to Own Guns

    All the school shootings so far indicate that if private citizens legally owned guns, it would be a huge threat to society since anybody can shoot anybody at anytime. Although it's an issue of self-protection and human rights, owning guns is illegal in Canada, and Canadians still live happily ever after

  • The Constitution of the US was written for Americans who lived 250 years ago. Why can't we accept that fact?

    There is no reason for ordinary citizens to be allowed to carry handguns. There is no reason why a man going out to do his "neighborhood watch" should have picked up his legally owned handgun before he went out the door. Statistics show that more accidents and murders happen BECAUSE there was a gun available then incidents of persons successfully defending themselves from harm. The statistics prove that.

  • Guns are bad. Period.

    They are just bad. Do you see on the news, a while ago a father didn't put his gun away. His daughter got hold of it shot herself in the toe. Luckily, she didn't die. You can't just think you put your gun in a safe place, you must know, especially when there are children in the house.

  • No more Guns!

    I hate Barack Obama but I do agree on this topic. I love Ron Paul because we believe the same things. We both think that you should be able to do what you want unless you are going to hurt someone else. Having a gun is hurting someone else if you use it because you are killing them. Even though I agree with Obama on this, I do understand his plan. He is doing this so that people who own property won't be able to defend it when stupid democrats like him try to steal it.


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Anonymous says2013-02-18T23:11:37.397
yes not only does the second amendment say that we have the right to carried a conceald firearm but what if someone is in danger are we supposed to just stand there and act stupid. What if they are fireing at you and you have a gun but you know your not allowed to shoot. We should be allowed our rights and nobody can take them away from us.
Noswad63 says2013-03-10T07:11:14.097
Wow I love all the people here saying guns kill people. Yep that's right you know just yesterday my Ruger made its way out of the gun cabinet loaded itself and went on a killing spree. Definitely... But seriously are people just stupid nowadays? Hey you know what else kills more people than guns? Cars lets ban those too since they kill people. Why not crack down on gang violence and criminals illegally importing weapons? Nope, blame the civilian weapons. Its not the criminals its the guns. Go to the NRA's website and look at all the news articles of civilians stopping criminals with firearms. Think twice before you type.
Anonymous says2013-04-07T15:03:40.220
Everyone in the United States should be allowed to have a gun, but also have reasonable, rational control. Background checks are a start, and preventing the criminal psychopath from getting them too is reasonable. We don't have to get rid of them ,but some reasonable restraints is something most people can agree on.
Anonymous says2013-04-08T13:26:00.913
I aggree, but most americans always have guns so they sometimes kill people by accident.
-Penis
Anonymous says2013-04-18T20:04:17.907
They should be legal
Anonymous says2013-04-24T19:50:52.690
Am I the only person who gets the impression that roughly 76% of the people who have taken part in this poll are Americans?
Anonymous says2013-06-04T16:37:51.827
You're asking the wrong question. American citizens have always been able to own guns. You should be asking: should the federal government be allowed to dictate who can own guns? The constitutional role of the federal government has always been to protect, not restrict, the liberty of the people.
Luchian says2014-07-26T10:11:47.273
Guns shouldn't be allowed for the mass because most of the people react bad in some of the situations. The reason that some people get the guns illegal is not a good reason .