2 posts I had with a friend on gun control after the "Batman Massacre." He didn't really have a side I guess.
1. What's your stance Steve? Do
you have one? It's so true, like the article says, you have to take
into account the country's background, history, and the sociology of
each country. Taking that into account, certain large populations here don't
take kindly to the law much less answer honestly when asked about
anything. I also think as a society, the US is such a disrespectful
country as a whole that I hardly ever have felt safe (maybe that's my
problem). Since college, I took my gun licensing exam, practiced at the
range, got the concealed carry license (valid in some states), and have
educated all that would like to learn the basics of using and safety
features to look for in a gun. In our society, that's the only thing
that's going to make us safer, education. I've always owned since then,
yep, even in Chicago. I for one, feel much safer with it than without
it. It's not something to fear if you know how to use it and how it
works ... well, unless someone who shouldn't have one is right in front
the heart of the matter right there. Guns "can" kill people but it's
the person, mentally and physically, who actually pulls the trigger.
Ultimately, it is the person who does the killing whether bc of mental
illness, lack of knowledge, or plain
stupidity. I for one say, bring on the gun laws! And ban the assault
rifles. Come on! There's no reason for that at all.
As long as
single shot rifles, pistols, and perhaps semi autos (which most
handguns are anyway) are in some way accessible for the consumer who has
taken an active part in training and learning about what they are
actually getting, I will support it. But an outright ban? That will just
turn us all into victims sooner or later (in this country).