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    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
    Let me ask you if you think it is rational to hold both of these positions:
    1) If guns are completely banned, criminal use of guns will not decline, because criminals will still find ways to get guns.
    2) If guns sales to certain classes of people only are forbidden, this will help prevent the criminal use of guns by these people.
    That's why I find most of the proposed ideas rather silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Rather than shutting down peoples' rights, I think the way to go forward is to further protect them by law.
    I agree. Traditionally, there has always been a conflict between protecting these rights and protecting people harmed by the irresponsible use of rights. It's why we have freedom-of-speech exceptions for libel, freedom-of-press exceptions for slander, and freedom-of-assembly exceptions that allow for the restrictions based on location and time. I don't see why we can't have similar methods of preserving the rights of gun ownership while enacting reasonable protections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameface View Post
    1) If guns were completely banned gun use would drop across the board. Gun crimes would drop. Gun deaths would drop. Guns confiscated at the scene of a crime would drop. There would still be some guns around. Many currently law abiding gun owners would simply stash their guns but have access to them, if not immediate access. Criminals would still occasionally (maybe even somewhat often) use guns in the commission of a crime. Occasionally a person who otherwise would have had a gun will be victimized, maybe raped, maybe killed, maybe beaten or maybe just violated in some other way, because they gave up their guns when they became illegal.
    2) This would be far less effective. It would also be extremely unfair. I've stated several times that gun rights are linked directly to the concept of individual rights. That individuals own their own existence and as such they have the right to defend their existence. Connected to a person's right to defend their existence is the right to posses the tools that make that defense possible, i.e. guns. And not just granpa's old hunting rifle, guns that are of a capability to be useful in any foreseeable threatening situation, including the threat of a tyrannical government. To single certain segments of the population out and deny them that basic right is not consistent with the notion of universal individual rights, which is what I support.


    What's disgusting to me about the way Sandy Hook is being used is that it is dishonest. I suppose some people might rationalize it and say "whatever we can do to get rid of as many guns as possible is good and therefore sufficient justification to lie and to take freedoms people currently posses away." But I fundamentally disagree with the notion that the ends justify the means. I believe principals come first and even when certain aspects of the outcome of implementing those principals is bad it is only acceptable to change the way things are done if it is possible to identify the flaw in the basic principles used. I don't believe in the notion of a perfect society. I believe attempts to create a Utopian reality have caused some of the greatest horrors known to man.
    To be clear, when I said "certain classes of people", I meant former felons, those in mental health databases, etc. I don't know if your answer would be different in that context.

    Outside of that, thank you for your answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by franklin View Post
    OneBrow, if you're ever anywhere near remotely close to Utah then look me up and I'll take you shooting, most likely with plenty extra non-creepy company from JF. Getting comfortable with a firearm might diffuse your perceived disdain for them.

    I understand fully if you're only interested in controlling highly dangerous weapons being held among the general public. On the other hand, I don't understand any lack of supporting for naturally weaker members of society having the ability to defend themselves from predators. Can you confirm that you are not at all interested in disarming vulnerable citizens from protecting themselves?

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    I'm not sure how much of my disdain is based on fear, and how much on perceived lack of necessity. A hunting trip would probably ease the former, but not the latter. The one time I went fishing I was bored out of my mind.

    I haven't seen any statistics that indicate people who own guns are more likely to have harm averted by the guns they own than they are to have harm inflicted by the guns they own; the usual claim is that you are more likely to be harmed by gun in your house than to keep harm averted. I believe in the ability to protect yourself, but prefer to find ways that place yourself less at risk. Sometimes you need to ingest poison as a medical treatment, but those times are rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scat View Post
    That's why I find most of the proposed ideas rather silly.
    Fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
    I agree. Traditionally, there has always been a conflict between protecting these rights and protecting people harmed by the irresponsible use of rights. It's why we have freedom-of-speech exceptions for libel, freedom-of-press exceptions for slander, and freedom-of-assembly exceptions that allow for the restrictions based on location and time. I don't see why we can't have similar methods of preserving the rights of gun ownership while enacting reasonable protections.
    There already are laws about improper use of firearms. What you are asking for already exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
    To be clear, when I said "certain classes of people", I meant former felons, those in mental health databases, etc. I don't know if your answer would be different in that context.

    Outside of that, thank you for your answers.
    I favor restricting gun rights from people who have proven to be violent. I do fear however that such restrictions could be widened to the point that gun rights become a privilege for a select group who has obeyed increasingly oppressive laws and that minor infractions, even ones where no criminal conviction was achieved, would result in a loss of gun rights.

    Consider this. The current "war on drugs" has essentially been selectively waged against people in poor neighborhoods and even then overwhelmingly targeted at minorities. It's one of the most despicable realities we tolerate, encourage even. Within that established framework gun rights by and large could be stripped from minority communities. Many, even many who favor gun rights for good ol' law abiding Americans, would see massive restrictions on gun ownership targeted at poor minorities in the inner-cities as a good thing. I see gun ownership, or gun rights at least, as an enfranchising factor. When I am free to own powerful weapons it is clear that I'm not seen as the enemy. It is clear that I and the government are on the same team. To strip gun rights from minorities in the inner city it would just further drive a wedge between black and white America.

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    I agree that it is a very slippery slope GF. It could easily be widened to anyone on any type of meds for depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive...

    It would need to be worded in a very clear, very hard to change way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoked View Post
    There already are laws about improper use of firearms. What you are asking for already exists.
    There are laws about what people can do during an assembly, and yet we still enact reasonable prior restrictions about where the assembly can happen, when, etc.

    Also, I don't recall asking for any specific thing in this thread, except to find ways to reduce the number of bullets a shooter can send out in a killing rampage. What laws do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameface View Post
    To strip gun rights from minorities in the inner city it would just further drive a wedge between black and white America.
    I agree, even while noting that those inner-city minorities are often the loudest voices for gun control. For example, it was a Washington, D.C. law that was thrown out in 2008. For those minorities, guns are a sign of lawlessness, not good standing with the government. Still, I agree that selectively targeting them would objectionable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
    There are laws about what people can do during an assembly, and yet we still enact reasonable prior restrictions about where the assembly can happen, when, etc.

    Also, I don't recall asking for any specific thing in this thread, except to find ways to reduce the number of bullets a shooter can send out in a killing rampage. What laws do that?
    You can't reduce it. They have already shown they don't give a damn about your laws.

    There are already laws about how and where you can carry. Using a firearm increases your crime, punishment and opens you to additional crimes. Not my fault you wanted to ignore the specifics that already address what you are Bradley asking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scat View Post
    Why are AR15's 'personal defense' weapons for the Department of Homeland Security but 'assault rifles' for citizens?
    Same reason nuclear capabilities are considered weapons of mass destruction when in the hands of psychopaths.

    Quote Originally Posted by One Brow View Post
    I'm not sure how much of my disdain is based on fear, and how much on perceived lack of necessity. A hunting trip would probably ease the former, but not the latter. The one time I went fishing I was bored out of my mind.

    I haven't seen any statistics that indicate people who own guns are more likely to have harm averted by the guns they own than they are to have harm inflicted by the guns they own; the usual claim is that you are more likely to be harmed by gun in your house than to keep harm averted. I believe in the ability to protect yourself, but prefer to find ways that place yourself less at risk. Sometimes you need to ingest poison as a medical treatment, but those times are rare.
    Statistics do nothing for the individual about to get raped and family murdered. You're also falsely correlating [lack of] necessity with a risk:reward calculation (that may or may not be accounting for increased benefit/lack of downside risk in the absense of ownership).

    As to the second, I'm surprised you're not an advocate of better education for gun owners as a solution to your problem. Shouldn't education be the first step taken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by franklin View Post
    As to the second, I'm surprised you're not an advocate of better education for gun owners as a solution to your problem. Shouldn't education be the first step taken?
    I wonder why gun safety class isn't called for here. I don't hear the advocates of gun regulation expressing an interest in requiring students to go through a gun familiarization and safety course, demonstrating safe handling, precautions, proper storage, and regulations. Education is they key, is it not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameface View Post
    I wonder why gun safety class isn't called for here. I don't hear the advocates of gun regulation expressing an interest in requiring students to go through a gun familiarization and safety course, demonstrating safe handling, precautions, proper storage, and regulations. Education is they key, is it not?
    I agree with this.
    i had a hunter education/gun safety course when i was like 12 for about an hour and that was the last time.
    My knowledge all comes from my dad and brothers and hunting with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by franklin View Post
    Same reason nuclear capabilities are considered weapons of mass destruction when in the hands of psychopaths.
    So you're saying that all private citizens are psychopaths?

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