The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings caused several states and cities to pass strict gun control measures. In response, state lawmakers in gun friendly states in the South and West passed bills that would strengthen Stand Your Ground laws and allow weapons in most public places. In 2014, 21 states passed laws that expanded the rights of gun owners allowing them to possess firearms in churches, bars, schools and college campuses. The federal government has not passed any gun control measures since the 1994 Brady Bill and 42 states now allow the possession of assault rifles. In the U.S. two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides and in 2010 there were 19,000 firearm suicides and 11,000 firearm homicides.
No! People should be required to carry a concealed handgun with a MINIMUM of 8 rounds in public and have a 30 round semi automatic gun in their home to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones rather than putting them and theirselves in danger due to lack of defense against criminals that are going to purchase guns off the street any way!
I firmly believe disarming American citizens makes them helpless in too many situations. For example, Thieves, Robbers, Murderers and MOST of all, a ROGUE GOVERNMENT. WITH THIS, I ALSO believe we DO need stricter background checks and, only if needed, psychological testing and Training for those first time gun owners for proper and safe handling. Taking guns away from good citizens is illegal, according to our CONSTITUTION. LEAVE IT ALONE!!!
You know what we should totally do? Let's say you take the class, clear a background check, then go to a gun dealer. The gun dealer can check your background check again, then help you choose the right gun for you. Here's the clincher: You have guns that will only work for you. Like using your fingerprint. (This is my husband's idea and I LOVE it! They have safes that work this way, why not find a way to apply it to firearms?!). Anyways, if someone steals your gun, they cannot use it because their fingerprints are different. Then it's just a glorified paper weight.
Like abortion - driven by extremes on the issue - logical, practical controls can be enacted - i.e., better/quicker background checks and have no issue with banning or better controlling assault weapons as long as the definition of what is an assault weapon is not too broad.
Should've been done along time ago. You have gangs/terrorist groups/mentally challenged getting them! Back then we had no problems until illegal immigration reform got out of hand/bombing/terrorist groups/etc. have been a problem for the states.
Yes. "In order to have a well trained militia": proposed owners must prove a relationship to being well trained in order to join, maintain or be a former member of a militia be that scouts, hunt or marksmanship clubs, etc. Assault guns and hand guns are not a legitimate hunting weapon and should be banned. Bolt action rifles, shot guns are legitimate hunting weapons and are ok.
No, for we already have a system set in place that bars anyone seen as unfit to own weapons from having a gun, the problem is people illegally obtaining guns instead of focusing on the law abiding citizens that do no harm with their guns we should focus on the people illegally obtaining guns.
I think if someone is going to buy a gun they should be competent in gun safety. But you should not make buying a gun too hard, because it is an American Right. I think a short but educational coarse for a first time gun owner is a good idea.
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