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Gun Safety Now

Updated on May 28, 2013

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.” - 2nd Amendment, Bill of Rights.


Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People

We do… lots of killing of lots of people. Happens all the time. Unfortunately, in this country;

  • 10,000 gun-related homicides annually
  • 30,000 gun-related deaths annually
  • 100,000 people shot annually
  • 85-87 gun-related deaths per day
  • 40% of firearms purchased sans background check
  • 87% of gun-related child deaths in the developed world
  • 88 firearms for every 100 people in this country, more than double the next country (Yemen)
  • 45% of households own firearms
  • 47% of men own firearms
  • 1.3 million gun-related deaths since 1968, more than died in all US wars
  • 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings worldwide in the past 50 years (Finland had two)
  • 6 of the 12 worst mass shootings of the past 50 years have occurred since 2007
  • 20 mass shootings annually for the past 30 years
  • 68% of homicides involve guns
  • A gun in the home is 22 times to 43 times more likely to kill friends or family than an intruder
  • Domestic violence is 12 times more likely to result in death with a gun in the home
  • By 2015, gun-related deaths are expected to outnumber traffic fatalities

Columbine High School
Columbine High School | Source


  • 14DEC12, Connecticut elementary, 27 deceased
  • 11DEC12, Oregon mall, two deceased
  • 27SEP12, Minneapolis workplace, five deceased, three wounded
  • 5AUG12, Wisconsin Sikh temple, six deceased, four wounded
  • 20JUL12, Aurora, CO movie theater, 12 deceased, 58 wounded
  • 29MAY12, Seattle coffee shop, five deceased
  • 2APR12, Oakland university, seven deceased
  • 14OCT11, California salon, eight deceased
  • 6SEP11, Nevada IHOP, five deceased, seven wounded
  • 8JAN11, Tuscon, six deceased, Rep. Gabby Giffords among 13 wounded
  • 3AUG10, Connecticut brewery, nine deceased, two wounded
  • 5NOV09, Fort Hood, 13 deceased, 29 wounded
  • 3APR09, NY immigration center, 13 deceased, four wounded
  • 16APR07, Virginia Tech, 32 deceased, 24 wounded
  • 20APR99 Columbine, 13 deceased, 21 wounded

James Brady, of Brady Bill fame
James Brady, of Brady Bill fame | Source


Here’s the juicy part - the ammunition, as it were (bad pun, I know) for the critics…

We can and should pass gun control legislation. Call them gun violence laws, or gun safety laws, or assault weapons laws... call it what you will, but it needs to happen now. Most gun owners are perfectly sensible people who want safe streets for their kids, too. Our children cannot afford to wait any longer.

So what would that look like?

1. Eliminate the gun-show loophole and require back-ground checks for all gun purchases. 88% agree this should happen. Forty percent of firearms are sold sans background check via FBI/National Instant Background Check System. Psychopaths shouldn't be legally purchasing firearms; so states need funds to report those with mental red-flags, and doctors need permission to share information with law enforcement and schools. Additionally, people on the terrorist watch list should not be able to buy a firearm without a waiver. Together, these measures will help to eliminate guns in the hands of felons, terrorists, psychopaths, convicted stalkers, and straw-purchasers.

2. Fund a national database and require registration to track gun sales. 67% agree with this policy.

3. Federal Assault Weapons Ban. 58% agree this should happen.
What is an assault weapon? Well the 1994 FAWB had 800 exemptions, so that is a difficult question to answer. Is it like porn, where you "know it when you see it", or are we talking about arbitrary mechanical characteristics inside the weapon? I don't know, but...
Scalia wrote in the majority Heller opinion that the 2nd Amendment protects our rights to handguns in the home. The rest is up for debate. So let's have that debate. Have at it at the gun range, but we don't need military-style combat-weapons on our streets.
Sportsmen don't need them; you can't shoot a duck with one.
And why can we buy NFA firearms - including fully automatic machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, and Destructive Devices like grenades and RPGs - simply by paying a $200 transfer fee?

4. We should require a gun-safety training course as prerequisite to initial purchase of firearms.

5. We should limit an individual's firearms purchases to one per month. Unless you are a licensed dealer, you don't need more than twelve new firearms in a given year.

6. Then, we should raise the Firearms & Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) substantially.
Chris Rock once suggested in a comic routine that $5k bullets would make you think twice about pulling that trigger, especially in poor neighborhoods. While that $5k number would be extremely excessive, the man has a point.

The FAET is currently set at up to 29%, we could raise that number quite a bit.

7. Those monies could then be used to put micro-stamp signatures on the munitions so we could more easily trace bullets to guns and owners.

8. And again, limit the number of bullets a magazine can hold to 15 as per the Assault Weapons Ban, or better yet 10. Clips can be changed out. If you want more bullets, bring more clips. I promise the deer won’t launch a counter-attack and kill you while you are reloading your weapon. You’ll be okay. Besides, muskets took 15 seconds to load a single shot in 1791.

9. Federal gun-trafficking penalties (no mandatory minimums) to curb straw-purchasers.

Moment of silence for Sandy Hook
Moment of silence for Sandy Hook | Source
Obama with the family of Emily Parker
Obama with the family of Emily Parker | Source

Sandy Hook

Once news broke of Sandy Hook Elementary School and for days following, the news of a shooter slaughtering dozens of first graders and educators, of twenty murdered six and seven year old, innocent little angels... I was both on the verge of tears, and also extremely upset.

The insanity of this reoccurring theme of mass shootings, every few weeks, has got me in a very foul mood. This has to stop.

While it’s still early and the details are emerging and remain fuzzy, what we can say for sure is that this nothing short of a tragedy. Disgusting and unnecessary.

What’s really telling though, is that the teachers had been trained in the event of a shooting. How sick is that fact… that our schools actually expect there to be gun violence?!

This is quite upsetting.

Why is this acceptable? Why aren't more people outraged? How did we get here? What are we going to do about it?

I can’t imagine that I am alone in saying this; mass shootings are senseless and abhorrent. I think we can all agree on that at least.

NRA President David Keene
NRA President David Keene | Source
Alex Jones
Alex Jones | Source
NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre
NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre | Source

Cold, Dead Hands

Unfortunately though, most politicians - outside of Bloomberg, Cuomo, and Feinstein - have forgotten the “well-regulated” portion of the 2nd Amendment for nearly 20 years -since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 expired quietly on September 13, 2004.

The NRA scores Congressional votes on nearly everything, whether it seems to deal with guns or not. Judicial and cabinet appointments, anything. They use these scorecards to pressure politicians in rural districts into pushing the agenda of the NRA or else face a primary challenge from the right.

NRA response to the Sandy Hook massacre was to blame everything from video games and movies to hurricanes and terrorists; basically everything except for the tools of violence that were actually used to carry out these atrocities. This while the NRA promotes their "Hollywood Guns" museum and their new "Practice Range" app for 4 year-olds to shoot coffin targets with assault rifles.

While 55% may think arming our schools is a good idea, I hope we don't go any further than having actual police officers on school grounds. I don't think turning our schools into prisons of knowledge is a positive thing. Are we going to put armed guards in all of the movie theaters and all the churches and all the malls and all the parking lots? This is not a police state.

The NRA has 36% approval rating with 44% disapproval thanks to their intransigent behavior.

NRA leadership has been hijacked by extremists for the last 30 years. Previously, they were an honorable organization for sportsmen and promoted gun safety. Now they are simply a lobby for gun manufacturers. Gun manufacturers give money to the NRA, who in turn line the pockets of politicians, who push the pro-gun agenda. The NRA has over 4 million members, but they don't matter. The NRA just wants to keep them paranoid that the federal government - and Obama specifically - is coming for their guns.

And what would this paranoid fantasy look like exactly? Warrants on every home and business? Military units sweeping door to door? Digging through closets and flipping over mattresses? Cracking all of our safes and safe deposit boxes? Scouring the every inch of the country with metal detectors? Patting down babies and Grandmas?

Okay tough guy, you're wet dream is dying in a blaze of glory beating back the United States military? Good luck fighting off drone attacks, JSOC, and federal agents.

If law-abiding citizens are getting their doors knocked down? We would be living in tyranny, and the Second Amendment would be the last of our concerns.

We need to treat these tin-hat wearing survivalists like drunk drivers & domestic violence offenders - they should be shamed. We need to look down at these survivalists and stigmatize them for their vile extremism. People like David Keene & Wayne LaPierre & Alex Jones & James Yeager are good for our cause, they shed a light on how insane these people really are. We need mothers & NRA members & law enforcement & teachers & politicians all working together on this.

We need to love our children more than they love their guns.

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg | Source
Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo | Source
Diane Feinstein
Diane Feinstein | Source


The politics of gun safety is rough business. Getting anything through the House is going to be difficult, as primary challenges and NRA scorecards continue to reward extremism. Even low-hanging fruit like a universal background check requirement is not likely to pass at this point. Executive orders for things like funding the state reporting of mentally ill, and prosecution for lying on forms for a background check can be done in the meantime.

The 2nd Amendment is not going anywhere. Nor should it be. While gun violence is abhorrent, law abiding citizens have a right to protect themselves and their homes - as flawed as that logic may be. There are people living in Montana who do not have law enforcement close enough by to be of much help in and emergency. While guns in the home only escalate the violence in a break-in, people at least deserve the option. Homeowners with a handgun safely stored in the home are not the problem.

Hunting is sacred. Good hunters teach their kids respect for life, nature, and firearms. Hunting develops patience, perseverance and discipline. Hunters are not the problem.

Our mental health system is a disgrace. We need more health insurance, better access to care, and less stigmatization. But crazy people are everywhere in the world, and we are the ones with such a horrible gun violence problem.

Our media is disgusting. We sell magazines full of gun porn. We sell video games depicting simulated warfare and violence. Our movies are full of senseless violence & explosions & cruelty. Our music sometimes promote violence and sexism. But violent video games, movies, and music exist the world over. Those are only part of the problem.

No law or set of laws can completely eliminate gun violence. People run stop signs, that doesn't mean that stop signs are pointless. We make laws to curb behaviors we deem harmful. While we need to enforce some laws better - such as lying on gun application paperwork - gun safety laws are not the problem.

If we ban guns, criminals will still get a hold of them. Again, that doesn't mean that we can't try to do better. The fewer of these combat-style weapons that are on the streets, the fewer mass shooting we see. If we stop selling or highly tax the ammo, and ban transporting or loading the weapon outside of a rental at a gun range, we can slow the spread.

Firearm sales swell after every tragedy; after Columbine, after Virginia Tech, & after Aurora - a record number of FBI background checks for firearms sales after Sandy Hook. Gun sales swell any time there is talk - or the fear of prospective talk - concerning gun safety. Record gun sales after each of President Obama's two election victories.

Forward thinking Republicans like Senator Joe Manchin and former Congressman Joe Scarborough are trying to tell their party that they need to move on this, hopefully they take heed.

69th New York Militia
69th New York Militia | Source


“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.”

When the Bill of Rights was written by the Constitutional Congress and ratified in 1791; there was a lot of negotiation and haggling over the rules and the wording. States were concerned with their own well-being, and the union was not assured of the success it eventually came to realize. The federal gov't had gone broke during the war, and if the union were to fail, states would suddenly be neighboring counties. King James II had allowed confiscation of arms and land of revolutionaries only a hundred years prior.

The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 said that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defence (sic) of themselves and the state". As in the Bill of Rights, the right to arms was associated with defense of the state.

But in 2008, the SCOTUS ruled on the District of Columbia v. Heller case, that an individual’s right to arms was not to the militia. Justice Scalia also wrote in the majority decision however, that the right to arms is not absolute.

Handguns and shotguns are fine for the home. Anything else is up for debate.


Guns don’t kill people?

Well, guns don’t proactively or independently kill people since they are inanimate objects.

But saying "guns don't kill people" is like saying that printers don’t print or ovens don’t bake or toasters don’t toast or blenders don‘t blend or popcorn poppers don't pop popcorn kernels. These items each have a singular function. And the function of a gun is to fire when the trigger is pulled. The weapon’s handler simply determines the target.

If we extrapolate the “guns don’t kill” meme, then what about chemical weapons and nuclear arms? If guns don’t kill and nukes don’t kill… then why are we so upset with Iran? What about Pakistan? A person could conceivably injure numerous people with a blade, but it would require a considerable amount of time to accomplish compared to the relative ease of firing an assault weapon. I mean, baseball bats kill tons of folks.

On the same day as the senseless tragedy in Connecticut, there was an attack at an elementary school in China. In China, 22 students were attacked, but not a single one of them died. In China, they count stitches. In America, we count bodies.

So this conversation must be extensive; We need to talk about domestic violence and American violence in general. We need to talk about mental health and the difficulties in funding and privacy and stigma. We need to talk about education and poverty. We need to catch children early so they become valuable members of society and not criminals. For everyone’s sake.

These are things that must be a large part of the discussion, but in the mean time, we need to address the tools with which sick individuals steal the lives of the innocent from their families. We need reasonable gun control policy. And we need it now. We needed it yesterday.

Wyatt Earp, with his ordinance #9, banned the carrying of weapons (including knives) within Tombstone city limits. Bars at the time would commonly require patrons turn over their weapons while imbibing on the premises. So we’ve restricted weapons in the past and we can do it again.

But little islands with strict gun laws, sparsely spread here and there (such as NYC) do little to curb gun violence, since the surrounding areas are flooded with weapons. This only gives rise to skewed statistics that twist the story and give fuel to skeptics.

We need President Obama to step up. And Congress to follow his lead. I realize that Obama is a centrist moderate, but he needs to act a little more like the scary liberal that he is painted as by some, and a little less like the careful and prudent president that we’ve grown accustomed to.

Kudos to Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, & Senator Feinstein.


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    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Said the guy who brought up assisted suicide...

    • WillStarr profile image


      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "Wasn't this about guns?"

      Who brought up abortion? It wasn't me.

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I saw it on Facebook. Now that I look it up-

      Up to 5000 women died per year before Roe (according to NARAL).

      The CDC says that 130,000 women got an illegal abortion in 1972 alone.

      However, Guttenmacher says that between 1,700 and 2,700 women died from abortion per year from 1930-40. And by 1965, it was down to *only* hundreds of women dying per year from illegal abortions.

      Whether it's hundreds of deaths per year or thousands, pro-birth laws only create illegal abortions that more likely result in death to the woman. They create more scenes like in Philadelphia with Gosnell.

      That aside from the whole aspect of controlling women's social and economic lives by keeping them barefoot and in the kitchen rather than in the workplace gaining confidence and independence if they choose.

      Wasn't this about guns?

    • WillStarr profile image


      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      "7000 women died every year from do-it-yourself abortions."


    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA


      That's pretty obscure, I've never had to defend assisted suicide. What the hell, I'll bite...

      Conservatives support government-mandated pregnancy outcomes, it comes at no surprise that they also support government-mandated end-of-life outcomes.

      Talk about big government...

      I suppose it follows a theme; conservatives think the government knows best when it comes to personal life-choices of Americans - even before we are born. Government in your womb, gov't in your bedroom, gov't in your marriage, gov't in your deathbed.

      It's just as misguided too - 7000 women died every year from do-it-yourself abortions. Roe was the end of that, not the beginning of abortion in America. Pro-birth laws only create more demand for back-alley abortions that kill women. People with money have insurance, and catch a flight to the next state where abortion is legal - pro-birth laws only hurt poor people.

      Same with assisted, folks can kill themselves if they have a mind to (guns are readily available) - assisted is simply a way to do it in a controlled setting with medical professionals, and with dignity and support of family.

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      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Apparently, you could not care less that those 'scary black people' are killing each other at the rate of 20 per day.

      Again, if one is not suicidal, not a gang member, does not use illicit drugs, and is not one of the heroic cops who deals with all that, one's chances of being shot in America is almost zero.

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Liberals support suicides? Wow, you're quite the intellectual. In fact, cyanide is the only suicide method remotely as effective as a gun. Guess what, cyanide is a lot harder to get than a gun.

      It seems like your solution to gun violence is to take the guns away from all of the scary dark people.

      Chance of being shot in the US? Well, 10,000 are murdered with guns every year. 30,000 people die from gun shots every year. 100,000 are shot every year. Out of 300,000 million Americans. That's a one in 3000 chance in any given year. Over a lifetime, that works out to roughly a one-in-13 chance of being shot in America.

      Regardless of that, comparing the US to the UK is quite interesting. Our murder rate (per capita) is 3-4 times that of the UK. Are you saying that being murdered is preferable to being assaulted? Very odd comparison...

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      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Most gun deaths in America are suicides, and liberals support suicides. Of the remainder, most are minority, inner city gang members killing each other, a topic that the liberal left strangely ignores.

      If one is not suicidal, not a gang member, does not use illicit drugs, and is not one of the heroic cops who deals with all that, one's chances of being shot in America is almost zero.

      99.997% of Americans will never be shot. Blood does not run in our streets despite the hysterical claims, and one is over twice as likely to be assaulted in the UK as in America.

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      Masters or slaves? 

      4 years ago

      You are surprisingly upset about being redacted. Funny that, who the frack is you? You seem a crazy person -

      - And people are LABELLED CRAZY for being different or having a difference of opinion or simply for QUESTIONING the status quo.

      Dave Chappelle said,

      "The worst thing to call somebody is crazy, it's dismissive, "I don't understand this person, so they're crazy" - that's bullshit.

      People who question authority are not crazy, they're strong people, maybe their environment is a little sick."

      On a national level people are getting hysterical over the media driven hype surrounding Sandy Hook. People are falling for the mainstream propaganda circus that is pushing for gun control, being sucked hook, line and sinker into the government mind control techniques of using children to pass legislation and making the most out of an incident whether faked or legit. Yet the same government will turn a blind eye to child molestation happening frequently within society.

      There are thousands more children being physically abused then there ever has been shot and killed by a lone gunman.

      Do we see stricter laws aimed at paedophiles? Do we see more background checks on offenders or see severe punishments dished out to those that commit abuse?

      Instead we are bombarded by sexual images on front cover of magazines, throughout pop music videos, on TV screens and anything no matter how depraved easily accessible on the internet.

      If the establishment thinks gun control is a deterrent for crime then they are not seeing the bigger picture unless they have an ulterior motive and secret agenda.

      Who the frack is me?

      Someone who is awake and aware of a world that has been pulled over the eyes of the many designed to blind them of the true nature of reality!

      Guns are indeed horrific devices and should be eradicated FULL STOP! As should nuclear weapons, tanks and any killing machine. If the government wants to disarm the public they too should disarm. There are many accounts of military personnel and police who are trigger happy to use firearms unnecessary. As long as there is corruption residing in government and all its institutions the people will have the right to defend their liberty.

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      You are surprisingly upset about being redacted. Funny that, who the frack is you? You seem a crazy person - blaming rap music and knives? Interesting. So, guns are inanimate objects huh? How about nuclear weapons? Tommy guns and tanks? Is your position that any weapons are legitimate and should be legal? Scalia would tend to disagree.

      Coffee makers and microwaves serve a specific purpose, as do weapons. We've decided that grenades and tommy guns (amongst others) are not kosher.

      "Shootem up culture?" Funny that, violent crimes are falling literally everywhere.

      Your root cause of

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      Masters or slaves? 

      4 years ago

      You say

      'Guns cannot kill without human interaction. Just like a toaster, a coffee maker, or a dishwasher; they do what they are made to do ONLY when stimulated by a human.'

      I said

      'It is NOT guns that kill people; it is PEOPLE that kill people.'

      WTF is the difference???? LOL!

      The GUN does not kill people, it only serves as the murder weapon as are knives that are being used in the UK for example, now the highest rates of violent crime throughout Europe.

      A murder is still a murder no matter if someone is SHOT and killed or STABBED and killed.

      You keep blah blahing on about high murder rates in the states despite it having a higher population total and a complete unethical outlay among society there where there is such a divide among communities.

      We have a shoot em up culture where the music industry is rife with gang mentality that is designed to target the youth to be rebellious.

      Most gun murders in the states are from gang related crimes.

      We have Prozac and other drugs prescribed to mental patients by alleged expert practitioners who ultimately drive people to commit murder and suicide. Kids that see no hope for them in a society without much love and support, especially through government who turn their backs on the poor class.

      As long as the pharmaceutical industry is making profits for the big business moguls the welfare of the mental health of the people is wavered.

      Poverty and homelessness, racism and class status are other causes for creating a divide within society which can only breed hate and contempt.

      A lenient judicial system in operation that let criminals loose on society helps establish a need for policing so the political elite can send their law enforcement officers on the streets to intimidate and persecute with prejudice just adds more fuel to the fire of the CAUSE for so much crime and murder.

      What is the answer?

      Ban all guns and ban all knives from the public yet turn a blind eye to criminals committing crimes by letting them back out on the streets to continue mugging, home invading or drug pushing?

      We can cut away at the branches of crime for eternity but this will NOT stop people from committing more crime. In order to defeat this problem in its tracks we have to KILL the ROOT of the CAUSE!

      Good honest people have become lazy and incompetent, letting dishonest ,manipulative and bad people move into positions of power and then look on in disbelief at a dystopian society.

      If you choose to let your communities continue to be divided and ruled by crooks who do not have people's best interests at heart then you're letting in more room for corruption.

      You can accuse me of this and that and make immature remarks all you like Justin Earick or even delete my posts, but one thing that can never be taken away from good natured people is their inner spirit of TRUTH and for this reason the tyrants will fail.

      'You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.'

      Abraham Lincoln.

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Looks a lot like "Hitler, blah, blah blah..."

      The raison d'etre of the military is to respond to foreign and domestic threats. If treasonous gun-nuts insert themselves in opposition to Seal Team Six (JSOC), Strykers, and our drone fleet? Good luck with that...

      You have no "well-regulated" militia, thus your "right" is moot.

      Guns cannot kill without human interaction. Just like a toaster, a coffee maker, or a dishwasher; they do what they are made to do ONLY when stimulated by a human.

      You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, we have the highest murder rate among developed countries, and the states with the most lax gun laws happen to be the states with the highest murder rates. Try again...

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      Masters or slaves? 

      4 years ago

      "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let's not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order." --Adolf Hitler

      The 1938 German Weapons Act, the precursor of the current weapons law in Germany, superseded a 1928 law. As under the 1928 law, citizens were required to have a permit to carry a firearm and a separate permit to acquire a firearm. Furthermore, the law restricted ownership of firearms to "...persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit." Under the new law, gun restriction laws applied only to handguns, not to long guns or ammunition.

      Hitler installed martial law in pre war Germany placing gestapo troops on the streets. Germany became a police state where the public were issued passes and permits for everyday use. Only certain members of society, those with strong ties with the National Socialist German Workers' Party were allowed permits for handguns as rifles and machine guns were outlawed. The general public were not given permission to bear arms only those that were regarded as high members of society, elitists or business moguls.

      Hitler did lift restrictions on tight gun controls that were already in place, for example he lowered the age of consent to bear arms from 20 years to 18 years but his main reason for tampering with gun controls in 1938 was to completely ban all Jews from gun ownership.

      Yes, Hitler did not install a complete gun ban on society but he did issue red tape to only allow certain members of society to be permitted where the general public and especially the Jewish community were utterly prohibited.

      In this scenario the picture is crystal clear. Only those who were affiliated with the Nazi party were allowed gun ownership for the simple reason they were being used by Hitler’s regime to help police society. Germany then became solely run through corporations and banks who in turn help fund Hitler’s war machine.

      Just a little further research for truth will reveal what is real from false.

      You also point out that the average citizen with their assault rifle will be no match for the American military. This is an ignorant claim. Firstly why would American troops shoot up on their own people? Most of them come from American families and have friends in American society. It would be a no win situation if the American government issued troops to fight the American public as most would not conform and turn against their employers. Perhaps this is why the elite are so intent on pushing for a world government and world military for example so they could call on foreign troops to carry out domestic rebellion. See how this works?

      The 2nd amendment is in place for the people to form a well organised domestic militia to withstand government tyranny and to protect people from criminal elements of society.

      Take a look at Mexico’s gun control. Total complete ban on gun ownership for the Mexican public and the country is being run by machine gun wielding drug cartels. Criminals here are able to obtain firearms without much intervention by their government yet the public are monitored and prohibited.

      In Great Britain there is a complete gun ban for the public yet the crime rate has risen considerably. There are more home invasions, more muggings and more homicides through the use of knife crime.

      Don’t get me wrong, gun control to some extent is absolutely important, especially on background checks for those suffering from mental health conditions, criminal records and selling to minors.

      It is NOT guns that kill people; it is PEOPLE that kill people. The BIGGEST threat is not the weapon that is used; it is the MIND of the KILLER using whichever weapon that being a gun, knife or fist.

      The biggest killers of children in any society are Drugs, poverty, War and preventable diseases. These topics are FAR MORE important to address.

      What society needs is NOT MORE LAWS imposed upon or FREEDOMS taken from the people. What is needed is the ability for people to be able to think CRITICALLY and have more POWER to establish a fairer and more balanced way of life for everyone in community which can ONLY UNITE the people and bring some order through harmony instead of order from Chaos!

    • Justin Earick profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin Earick 

      4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Let me start by refuting your initial (ahistorical) statement. While it is a common belief among gun-nuts, Hitler did not take the guns away in Nazi Germany. In fact, guns were banned before Hitler came into power. Hitler actually lifted the gun ban - while keeping it in place for the Jews. Hitler was pro-gun, big guy.

      Second, Godwin's law.

      Third, if you think your assault rifle is going to fend off the US military, then you are nothing more than an ignorant nincompoop who needs a gun to compensate his inadequate manhood. Congrats.

      Third, the educated are the ones with guns? Interesting claim. In reality - 42% of HS grads/dropouts own guns, while only 30% of post-graduates own guns. Seems quite the opposite of your claim. Surprise, surprise.

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      Masters or slaves? 

      4 years ago

      “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

      Adolf Hitler 'Mein Kampf'

      Hitler took the guns from the people and immediately installed martial law on society, creating a police state pre war Germany and taking away the rights from the public.

      Nearly every dictator of the last century used gun control before turning their country into a fascist state where banks and corporations became the government.

      The 2nd amendment is in place to protect the people from the possibility of corrupt government becoming a tyrannical regime and to also protect people from criminals. It is not solely in place for duck hunting or gun enthusiasts as the pro gun control agenda is promoting.

      Don't fall for the propaganda machine of mainstream media.

      'The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it' George Orwell.

      The mainstream media is in place to program your mind with disinformation, outright lies or entertainment.

      If you seek truth or knowledge, pick up a book and research history to see how the past shapes the future.

      Not learning from past mistakes will mean future mistakes are ready to happen again.

      The establishment rely on society to be dumb and uneducated and those who become lazy, incompetent and ignorant will have no sense of moral duty to bring unity to the people.

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      R. Fritz 

      5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      You make some very good points but I disagree with any bans on guns of any kind with the excptetion of banning guns from criminals or people with mental issues. Better background checks would help and gun safety classes could be more available. I think it will take some time to find out what will really work the best to cut down on or reduce gun violence.

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      Rick Bostick 

      5 years ago from Spearsville, LA

      I am unapologetic about my support of gun rights and ownership, but I can certainly agree with a lot of what you say. Gun shows should be more regulated and more firearm safety classes should be provided.

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      Justin Earick 

      5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I would like the president to take the reigns on this issue, but I don't see it happening. I think that he would, in a vacuum, and if not for the politics. Politicians are too afraid of the NRA and getting primaried, and the pres can't pass legislation alone. It's up to us to sway public opinion toward reasonable gun safety. We have to start the ball rolling before the politicians will touch it with a ten foot poll. Most are not like Bloomberg. Hence the hub...

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      Howard Schneider 

      5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent points, Justin. I sincerely hope that President Obama takes the lead on this issue but unfortunately I believe his attention will be entirely placed on fiscal cliff issues. The NRA leadership needs to be challenged on their obstinancy on these issues by both political parties.

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      Justin Earick 

      5 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      We have over 80 gun deaths per day, so there is no time period without tragedy that we could wait for in order to have the conversation. The time is now. The time is always now.

      And we can't, and wouldn't want to, ban all guns from everyone. No serious politician would propose that. That is ridiculous. How would that work anyways? Military units door-to-door? Search warrants for every home? Come on, man, be realistic. We have the 2nd Amendment, and it's not going anywhere, ever. So we would never suspend gun sales either. If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws have guns, makes no sense.

      We should ban the sale of certain firearms though. We already ban sawed-off shotguns. Hunters don't need assault rifles or grenade launchers. But existing weapons would be grandfathered in, no one is taking anyone's weapon from them. And we should limit magazines to 15 rounds... I'm just repeating my self now...

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's really up to You guys - and I mean each one of You: American citizens. I for one would be very happy if You started acting responsibility in regard to your armament, down in the States. After all, we got kids killing each other here, on the streets of Toronto with Made in the United States of America guns. I was never a fan of the trade-off: we get your guns, You get our weed ... I'd rather have it the other way around.

      In all seriousness though, unless people start calling up their congressman, or congress woman, not much will change and sooner than later we will be talking about another tragic situation. I liked your title about now being the good time to talk about gun control - I agree with that, otherwise we will be talking about the next guy who goes berserk.

      I certainly do not think guns on their own are bad but the easy access to guns (well, weapons of all sorts) definitely has to change. I mean, if You cannot be responsible with the manufacturing and sale of weapons, perhaps You should not have them - ban all guns from everyone, until America gets its act together ... I know, that would never happen but I do believe I have a point ... either You act responsibly with a weapon or You get caught-off ...

      Much to think about for sure and this is not an easy topic to discuss.

      Thank You for the write.

      All the best!


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