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    What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    Amendment II

    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.

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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    Grumble Grumble Grumble

    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.
    Notice that it doesn't mention an individual's right to bear arms being necessary, just a well regulated militia... As worded, this means that the Federal Government cannot prevent the individual States from forming 'militias' (read National Guard) through the use of Federal gun laws. And as Amendment 'X' states...
    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
    Since the States are not explicitly prohibited from regulating an individuals right to bear arms, there's nothing that prevent the States from implementing gun control laws within their borders. And this has been upheld by Supreme Court rulings...
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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    Quote Originally Posted by LenMiyata View Post
    Grumble Grumble Grumble


    Notice that it doesn't mention an individual's right to bear arms being necessary, just a well regulated militia... As worded, this means that the Federal Government cannot prevent the individual States from forming 'militias' (read National Guard) through the use of Federal gun laws. And as Amendment 'X' states...

    Since the States are not explicitly prohibited from regulating an individuals right to bear arms, there's nothing that prevent the States from implementing gun control laws within their borders. And this has been upheld by Supreme Court rulings...

    Thanks for doing all the homework for me, LenMiyata; LOL.
    All joking aside, gun laws are in place for a very good reason. No, the government can't say whether or not you get to own a gun (unless you're a convicted felon), Yes, you have the right to bear arms. Is it neccessary? I don't think so.

    The right to bear arms is for home defense--be it at your residence or be it homeland security. That's pretty much it. I don't think the law says that it's cool to own a gun, just to own one--or to shoot at random people.


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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    I obviously needed to clarify my position. It was a half assed attemt to finish it off before takin' care of business.

    I believe that gun laws are beneficial, but these politicians are taking it too far. They’re making it virtually impossible for anyone to get a gun. In fact it's illegal to own bullet proof vests now. What the hell?!?!?!

    There is logic behind legal age and background checks. Even back in the days of the Revolution a father would wait for a certain age to start teaching his son how to shoot. And no one in their right mind would sell a gun to a convicted murderer.

    The core logic to some of these gun laws is that by making it illegal to own guns, no one can get killed by them. I think that’s a crock of shit.

    Here’s where this logic fails:
    1. Gun laws make it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy guns.
    2. Someone with the intent to kill is not exactly someone who gives a crap about any gun laws.

    Result:
    Law-abiding unarmed citizens are killed by homicidal maniacs who obtain guns by other means.

    If every citizen had a gun, regardless of the location, our planes would not have been hijacked by a bunch of terrorists with box cutters. Instead they would have guns. But even if they had guns, every other passenger on the plane would have them too. No hijacking for you Osama.

    On the other hand, columbine would have been an all out shoot out instead of a one sided massacre. But the students would at least have a chance to defend themselves.

    In the end what i'm saying is that mild regulations are the key. Don't go so far as to tell the citizens they are too stupid to do the rest on their own.

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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    Quote Originally Posted by memento_mori View Post
    I obviously needed to clarify my position. It was a half assed attemt to finish it off before takin' care of business.

    I believe that gun laws are beneficial, but these politicians are taking it too far. They’re making it virtually impossible for anyone to get a gun. In fact it's illegal to own bullet proof vests now. What the hell?!?!?!

    There is logic behind legal age and background checks. Even back in the days of the Revolution a father would wait for a certain age to start teaching his son how to shoot. And no one in their right mind would sell a gun to a convicted murderer.

    The core logic to some of these gun laws is that by making it illegal to own guns, no one can get killed by them. I think that’s a crock of shit.

    Here’s where this logic fails:
    1. Gun laws make it harder for law-abiding citizens to buy guns.
    2. Someone with the intent to kill is not exactly someone who gives a crap about any gun laws.

    Result:
    Law-abiding unarmed citizens are killed by homicidal maniacs who obtain guns by other means.

    If every citizen had a gun, regardless of the location, our planes would not have been hijacked by a bunch of terrorists with box cutters. Instead they would have guns. But even if they had guns, every other passenger on the plane would have them too. No hijacking for you Osama.

    On the other hand, columbine would have been an all out shoot out instead of a one sided massacre. But the students would at least have a chance to defend themselves.

    In the end what i'm saying is that mild regulations are the key. Don't go so far as to tell the citizens they are too stupid to do the rest on their own.


    where the hell are you going to get a bullet proof vest anyways?

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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    The law is right and the restrictions too.... not just the homicides are maniacs... there are a lot of house normal people with a temper... and they can blow a neighbor's head just because they got mad at something... I see disaster if the regulations weren't that harsh... plus not everyone that has a gun in their house is careful enough to hide it from lil kids... Not everyone is mentally good to have a gun in possession.... a gun gives the feeling of power... and not everyone can handle very well to have the "power to kill people" in their hands.... (it sounds pretty much like a death note lol)....
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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    I have no problem with people owning rifles or shotguns, if purchased legally and the person isn't a nutjob. But I do not see the need for people to be able to own handguns, machine guns, sub-machine guns, or any type of firearm they so choose, even if it is a law abiding citizen. I think weapons like those should only be given to police officers and the military.

    I don't think giving everyone a gun solves any problems....unless a person undergoes extensive training for how to handle a situation like that (not just how to use a gun, but how to assess what's going on, how to approach it properly, and how to use lethal force if necessary)...otherwise you just have another idiot waving a gun around. The argument for giving everyone a gun also relies on a 100% success rate, which will never happen, as proponents of the idea say "well if they had a gun, this wouldn't happen" and everyone would have been saved.

    Giving everyone a gun so that they can shoot back just makes the issue into a mexican standoff, or an old western shoot out. The argument assumes that the gun holder will take out the shooter with no problems, and everyone will be safe and happy....but what happens if let's say the event is taking place at a university or school, people are trying to run around to get out of the way, and our Hero accidentally fires a shot that misses, and embeds itself into a now dead civilian...What then? Is that persons death somehow justified because Mr. Hero was trying to save the day? If a police officer accidentally kills a civilian, they pretty much get sent to the rack, so what happens if it's another civilian who fires the shot?

    Not only will the police have to try and figure out which shooter is the crazy one, they'll also have to examine the bullets in any dead bodies to see which gun was used in the killing, and for the sake of argument, what if one of the bullets was fired by Mr. Hero?

    If someone goes on a shooting rampage, they generally don't expect to come out alive. That's why in many of the school shootings, and even the VT shooting, the person always ends up committing suicide. So what do they care if someone else has a gun? If they're gonna do it, they're gonna do it. They know the minute they start shooting, they're dead anyways, either taken out by police, or they shoot themselves in the head. Giving everyone a gun just increases the mayhem, because now you have to worry about crossfire. Of course, this isn't brought up by proponents of the idea, because like I said, the assumption they use is that it'll take 1 bullet to end the deal.....but unless you have extensive training on how to handle situations like that (and I don't mean just training on how to use a gun) you could potentially be just as much a problem as the maniac.

    From VPC.org

    For every time a gun in the home is used in a self-defense homicide, a gun will be used in—


    1.3 unintentional deaths

    4.6 criminal homicides

    37 suicides22

    In 1997 there were 15,690 homicides.

    Of these, 8,503 were committed with handguns.

    Among handgun homicides, only 193 (2.3 percent) were classified as justifiable homicides by civilians.23

    For every time in 1997 that a civilian used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 43 people lost their lives in handgun homicides alone.24
    On the average, if someone gets shot and killed, four out of five times it will be with a handgun. In 1997, for example, handguns were used in 79.4 percent of all firearm homicides.10

    From 1990 to 1997, handguns were used in a majority (55.6 percent) of all homicides; that is, they were used in murder more than all other weapons combined.11

    From 1990 to 1997, there were 293,781 firearm deaths—homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings.12

    From 1990 to 1997 in the United States there were more than—


    160,000 homicides

    110,000 firearm homicides

    89,000 handgun homicides13

    Handgun homicides hit record highs in the early 1990s, peaking in 1993. That year there were 13,258 such killings—out of a total of 16,120 firearm homicides.14

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    Re: What's the deal with Gun Laws?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shu View Post
    where the hell are you going to get a bullet proof vest anyways?
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