I do believe that guns has been made the enemies of all crimes. It's not the gun that kills, it's the person standing behind the gun pulling the trigger.Common sense gun control laws will never work because only a few people valve common sense. jada67
I am a pacifist and I do not like the idea of a weapon to kill beinging in anyone's hands. Like our forefather Thomas Jefferson, I prefer government intervention in our lives be at a bare necessary minimum, but I do think there need be some 'common sense' gun control.
I know it is popular to say, "people kill, not guns." And it is true that a gun does not get up on its own and decide and then act to kill someone. But a gun is a weapon capable of killing a human being quickly and from a distance. Like technology today, guns have become more deadly than ever. No longer are guns limited to the power of a 1776 musket. Many guns today are capable of mass killings in minutes.
I prefer limited government intervention in our lives, but for the safety of so many innocents that is not always practical. Yoko Ono claims over 1,057,000 people in the U.S. have been killed by gun fire since the death of her husband John Lennon on December 8, 1950. 1,057,000! Isn't that 1,056,999 too many?
I agree with the argument that guns should not be in the hands of just the criminals. I agree that innocent gun owners should not be penalized and criminalized because of people who misuse and kill people with guns. But something has to be done. The status quo can not remain. I'd rather not read a news report in the year 2045 that another million gun deaths have taken place in the U.S.
Something has to be done and I don't believe returning to the "wild-wild west" by arming everyone is the answer. There need be some effective gun control, if people cannot live without their weapons.
Well, it's impossible for me to answer this question without some idea of what kind of law you think fits the criteria of "common sense."
If you think a "common sense" law would say that everybody--even convicted felons--should be able to buy and carry whatever kind of arms they want, from a slingshot to a nuclear device, 'cos it says "shall not be infringed" in the 2nd Amendment, then I think "common sense" gun laws are pretty stupid.
If you think a "common sense" law would say that when you buy a gun, the seller has do do a background check to make sure you're not a convicted felon, or that that you can't have a fully armed M1-A1 tank in your garage without some serious paperwork, then I think "common sense" gun laws are pretty good.
If you think a "common sense" law would say that nobody should be able to buy a gun without being fingerprinted and the fingerprints stored in a federal database, then I think "common sense" gun laws are pretty stupid.
The problem is that not everyone agrees on what "common sense" means.
Common sense laws will come out when people who actually know about guns and the current laws write about them. A lot of laws (not all) were written by those who lack the knowledge of firearms, violence and current laws.
Common sense is punishing the violent criminals. If they are repeated offenders, use the death penalty.
I am a member of the NRA and the ILA (the political action branch of the NRA) and I believe that there are some good common sense gun laws.
I have no problem with background checks so long as they don't become so invasive as to become a method to ban gun sales or make them so expensive that only the rich can own guns. That said there are already laws on the books for this.
In CA you have to pass gun show sales through a licensed dealer with a 14 day wait for handguns and most rifles. I have no problem with this it should be the same in every state.
There does need to be an imminent need clause wherein someone truly in fear of their lives should be able to bypass the wait if they have no criminal record.
I believe that anyone buying a gun should have to either take a safety class or show, via a test, that they have the required knowledge to safely handle a gun. Once you have done this and passed a background check you should be given an ID so that you don't have to do it every time you buy a new gun.
There should be a standardized background check, training and test that qualifies you for a CCW and everyone who passes should be able to get one. There should be a requalification test every 2 years just to show that your proficiency it still up to standards. You should have to qualify with the gun you are going to carry. Classes that I take cover both the use of guns and the laws involved.
As to large magazines, if you have ever been through a riot situation, I've been through 2, you know that there are legitimate reasons for being able to get them.
I carried a mini-14 with 3 20 round clips as well as my standard pistols with multiple clips. But anyone who thinks this will make a big difference in a shooting needs to understand that anyone with a little training can change clips in 2 or 3 seconds.
The most important gun control measure is to use both hands and know what you are doing.
There are thousands of gun laws on the books 20,000 seems to be the number I hear the most but I have never counted.
Using guns to commit any crime is against multiple laws.
It seems that every time we read about murderers, rapists, robbers, child molesters and most other criminals they are repeat offenders. Why aren't we hearing the same outcry to end parole or time off for all violent criminals?
This would protect far more innocents from crime and violence yet we hear nothing.
the only gun control law is the 2nd amendment. and then enforce all laws to keep criminals off the street. Of course there is another, gun control is being able to hit what you shoot at.
I think the majority of people have never held or shot a gun. They think of them as something evil and are afraid of them. I have target shot most of my life and I am not afraid of guns. So I understand it is not the weapon, it is the person who pulls the trigger. My thought is gun owners want guns to protect themselves if the US is invaded or we get a corrupt government that turn against the people. We must stand strong to defend our right to bare arms at least until the world unites in perfect harmony.
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