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You make great points, but you're right about the test not happening. Only because those of us who care about laws would do it, but the criminals don't care about following rules. I would rather shoot a potential rapist than be raped in my bed.
I too agree that part of the problem is ineffecient gun laws and a stricter law for obtaining a gun (age restriction, safety course being manditory, etc).
There are many examples to use unfortunately as well as CO. It is way easier to go and shoot many people with a gun (emotionally and physically) than it is to go out and mass kill people with knives so I don't think you can equate the two.
So you are saying that because one mentally defective person chooses to go shoot people that we should all have our rights to own weapons taken away? Try this: http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-teen-kills-eight-kni...
Because people are abusing that right and killing people.
Azure, I don't think they'd be considered law abiding if they were killing people. Just because criminals get hold of guns doesn't mean none of us should have them. I certainly feel safer knowing I can shoot an intruder rather than try to fight him!
How can you say that other countries' cultures value human life more than ours? Even been to Africa? How about the Middle East? How many times have you been to Mexico? And if you think we own guns because of the movies or hip hop you're deluded.
KK, I obviously didn't mean every other country values life more than us. I'm saying that homocide rates are lower in nations that value life more than us and that it is their culture that allows them to achieve those low rates, not gun control.
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Equating the right to own a cellphone or a car to the right to own a gun I'm afraid is just ludicrous! The primary use of cars is transport. The primary use of guns is to kill things. More people die of cancer too but that is also not my point.
Azure, there is NO right to a cell phone, car, health ins., a job etc....there is a Constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" as found in the 2nd Amendment which is the law of the land. Do you believe in the other 9 rights in the Bill of Rights?
Proper laws may not reduce the total number of people killed each year. Proper laws could reduced mass shootings and some accidental deaths from guns. Guns are becoming more dangerous--we have to start somewhere to limit use by some people.
Do you mean that less weapons equals more crime? If you can, please elaborate. I'm a bit confused.
Just because something can't be taken away doesn't surely mean that it is right?
I don't think singling out gun rights is 'silly' (that in itself strikes me as a frivolous statement) when someone can go out and shoot dozens of people at a time.
Azure, Should we take away our other Rights as well? Or what about knives?
That's really not true. Our 4th amendment rights are pretty well hammered away at, since 9/11. And the 8th has long been broken with our decrepit justice system. The r's want control of my uterus.The ONLY right that seems to be prevail is the 2nd.
Its an Amendment. It's amendable. The government isnt trying to take your guns away. I am, with every other person who doesn't hunt/shoot targets/need protection on the off chance they walk into a shoot-out (if only everyone was armed to the teeth)
If you have the time to read about how the human brain functions and how someone can in the process of his life become a criminal, you will see that having easy access to weapons simply makes a criminal act a lot easier.
Azure, that is EXACTLY what a right is. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights was ratified so that the federal government could govern on a limited basis and NOT take our rights. It is called the Bill of Rights for a reason.