We own a handgun. It's in a safe place but yet we can get to it if needed. It was bought legally and is registered with the PD here. I, personal, don't care for guns. But after a couple of home invasions/burglaries in our neighborhood, hubby decide we needed one. It is NOT, however, an an assault weapon. Assault weapons do not, IMHO, belong in the home nor should they be sold to the public. This is a weapon of war. Those little kids were NOT at war. So sad that kids have to die for people to rethink any kind of gun measures.
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I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but maybe we can start chipping away at these gun zealots arguments. Japan, for instance, has strict gun control laws and has very few gun deaths each year. I think there were 11 in 2008.
What if we could ask the principal and school psychologist at Sandy Hook if they wished the shooter hadn't been able to get guns. Someone with a knife can't kill as many people, and these shooters are cowards. I think it would take more "bravery" to kill with a knife. I don't own guns but I know a few people who own guns who think we should have more gun control.
I see absolutely no reason to have assault weapons. It is way past time that we made them illegal. And yes people will find a way to get them illegally but at least it will slow it down and make it easier to stop.
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I agree. I hate it when gun enthusiasts compare cars or tall buildings to guns because they all have the ability to kill someone. Cars and buildings have other purposes. Guns exist solely to kill and maim other beings.
I don't have a problem with people having a pistol, shotgun or hunting rifle in their home in a gun safe. I have a problem with the fact my brother was able to purchase an AK 47 at a gun show without a background check or registering the weapon. It's deemed a private sale. It is more difficult for me to get a federal EA accounting designation than it was for my brother to get an assault rifle.
I think we need to go beyond an instant background check at the sales counter. I think we Ned to have an in depth background checks, mental health evaluations and state sanctioned training. Close the gun show loophole.
People will still be able to get guns, but it will just be a more difficult process.
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I agree guns are weapons. I believe the government should make it harder for people to buy guns. There has been way to many shootings lately and after yesterday that just topped it. Those little babes didn't deserve to have their lives ended so soon.
My ex is a gun enthusiast. He thinks guns should be as available as bubble gum at the dime store. After the NFL player killed himself and his girlfriend two weeks ago, ex said to me, "guns are only the symptom, not the problem." When I reminded him that it's extremely hard to use anything that isn't there, he said that people killed each other with knives long before guns were invented. While that's true, I seriously doubt the school shooter could have mowed down 28 people with a knife unchallenged.
Continuing to debate him on the subject would be a waste of time, so I'm saving my breath. But guns are WEAPONS, not tools. They need to be even more tightly regulated.
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