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Sorry John, I only meant guncontrolgal, clearly you are a real man.
Establishing a gun ban would be counter productive to establishing a country where we feel safe in our own homes. What do you think a gun ban would accomplish? Banning guns is like banning drugs. I don't know what I would do with out my prescription blood pressure medicine and I don't know what I would do with out my legal firearms. Guns are only dangerous in the wrong hands. Guns are a privilege I agree but it would be a nightmare for all gun owners to have to surrender their guns because guns do get into the wrong hands.
Guns shouldn't be banned. They are our right and they're protection. If we ask if we should ban guns, then should we ban knives as well? People can kill with their own hands. There are plenty of weapons out there, there's just all this media propaganda surrounding guns so the American people will be defenseless against a tyrannical government and military.
All I have to say about banning guns is look at Prohibition. People weren't allowed alcohol legally, so they set up speakeasies. Look at marijuana. It's illegal, but people still use and grow it. People who want guns will get guns, laws or not, as long as there are those in society who will be willing to supply them.
Gun violence has been haunting ournation since the tragic shooting that occurred in Sandy Hook. Unsurprisingly,the shooting sparked a nation wide debate on gun violence, gun control and,unexpectedly, mental health. It would be easy to say that there are black andwhite sides of this argument, but it is caught in an unclear gray area. Somesay that we should do away with guns and our second second amendment rights alltogether, saying that we have lost the privilege of guns and they are far todangerous to just be given out with just a permit. Others say the answer lies inmore guns, so that they may protect themselves. We have been caught in anequilibrium of two opposing sides that leaves the government with its handstied, “How did we get trapped in this deadly cycle of gun violence,deliberative dysfunction, and political inaction?” (Hogan,J. Michael) The only way this can be settled is to find a common groundwe can all agree on.
Before I explain my common ground I feel theneed to share the information that has helped me reach my conclusion. The mostimportant is about the Second Amendment, while most are all familiar with whatthe Second Amendment entails, I think that not all people are sure of thereasoning behind it. When the founding fathers created the amendment, therevolutionary war fresh in their minds, they were acting on how they felt as apeople who were being unfairly treated by what they saw a tyrannical government.The motivation behind the Second Amendment was, for if there was ever a timewhen the United States was treating its people in the same tyrannical fashionthat they felt they underwent, the masses could rise up and rebel against themas we did with Brittan. This probably seemed perfectly logical to keep themasses armed, so that they could fight for their freedom if there ever became aneed too. However, I’m sure the founding fathers never imagined thetechnological advancements the world would take. We have reached an age inwarfare where wars can be fought from behind a computer screen with drones andmissiles. It is now a pointless amendment that we have outgrown.
Now I am not saying that no one should have a right toa gun, I believe that if you are concerned about the safety of your family thatyou should have the right to own a weapon for protection, or if you have apassion for hunting you should be able to own a hunting rifle. I do not believethat anyone on this earth needs an automatic combat rifle, too many times havebeen used to take innocent lives. Banning those guns would be a huge step inthe right direction but it faces one glaring problem. The more these tragediesoccur the more people feel they need these guns to protect themselves becausethey feel the government cannot,
“(…) gun control laws is lower than it was in 1989, when 65%backed stricter laws. In fact, more now oppose stricter laws than supportthem(...) ‘"I believe the reason is that people don't trust the governmentto protect them anymore, and, in fact, that they don't trust the government ingeneral,"’ (…)Nor does the public trust politicians who say they only wantto keep guns out of the hands of "criminals and crazies," notconfiscate them from law-abiding citizens.”(JohnMerline)
If the government is going to winour trust there should be a much larger set of rules and regulations set by theFederal Government to keep guns out of the hands of people who might use themin harmful ways. Which is where the problem lies, while there should be, moreextensive background checks, checkups to make sure guns stay in the hands whothey were given too, and a full psychological analysis should be administered.While I feel most people would agree with me the problem is that people don’twant the Federal Government to enforce it,
“Theintent of the Second Amendment would therefore be to keep the federalgovernment from overreaching its constitutional authority. According to thisargument, any form of gun control on the federal level would beunconstitutional because it would exceed the enumerated powers of thegovernment. The argument is not against gun control per se, but about the constitutional right ofthe federal government to get involved.” (HowardPonzer)
I think with these sort of rules inplace, that we can together, as a community, take back our feeling of safetyfrom gun violence.
When it comes to gun control, I have a strong opinion thatall guns should be banned in the United States. I truly hope that we as anation do not have to experience many more shootings before we can movetogether as a society to resolve this issue. An example to prove that gunsshould not be allowed would be the story of the banning of guns in Australia.In 1996, there was the Port Arthur massacre in Australia. This was a killingspree, where 35 people were killed and 23 people were wounded. In the ten yearsbefore the massacre there had been ten massacres as well. Immediately after thisincident, the government implemented new gun control laws, which banned a largearray of guns. They also imposed a mandatory gun buy back that significantlyreduced gun possession in Australia. As a result of these new strict gunregulations from a conservative government, gun suicides and homicidesimmediately fell. “The Australian murder rate has fallen to close to one per100,000 while the U.S. rate, thankfully lower than in the early 1990s, is stillroughly 4.5 per 100,000 – over four times as high.” To add the cherry on top tothis clear success of banning guns, there has not been a massacre in Australiasince Port Arthur. Although there were many angry Australians at the time ofthe newly passed gun control laws, the nation now has strong support for theregulation and going back to the old way of Australia would not be tolerated. Ibelieve that this is a clear indication that banning all guns will clearly makea nation much safer. Unfortunately, when shootings happen in the U.S., thegovernment does not act as strongly as Australia and the only argument is to bansome, but not all guns. Many Americans think that we should have guns so thatwe can use them for protection. This argument is highly illogical and will leadto more killings. Not to mention the fact that people are more likely toaccidentally shoot themselves with their gun then actually use them forprotection, it is a bad idea. The average person is not properly trained to usea firearm for protection, let alone be a hero in a situation of a shooting. Thetruth is that Americans want to have guns because they like them, not becausethey need them for protection. Also, if a family has a gun for protection, itcould be dangerous for the kids, who could accidentally shoot themselves. Gunsthat are used in a home are much more likely to be used accidentally then foractual defense. “Rather than being used for self-defense, guns in the home are22 times more likely to be involved in accidental shootings, homicides, orsuicide attempts. There are thousands of stats that point to how terrible gunsare in the U.S. and it is clear that if all guns were banned then it would bemuch safer. Our government should be firm in their decision, like the braveprime minister (John Howard) in Australia, and terminate the selling of guns.
I think that one of the main problems is everyone breaks it down into the anti-gun and pro-gun parties. There are more groups than that. There are people who are in the middle of the road, who don't want guns removed but agree that there should be some kind of compromise. There are gun control advocates, who want stricter rules, but don't think law-abiding citizens should have guns taken away. There are many more, but I don't want this to get longer-winded than it has to be. One of the biggest problems is that everyone gets grouped into all or nothing categories. (Just to let you know, rbower, this isn't about you; you just happened to be the poster before me). Nothing gets solved if you point fingers. Also, I realize that gun control laws are created in the mindset of making it more difficult for people who are criminals or mentally ill to not be able to get ahold of them as easily. I support some of the proposals, like smart guns, where only a select few people can use them. However, there will always be people who can obtain them legally and sell them illegally. Heck, with all the corruption, there are people who can get them illegally and still sell them by greasing the right palm or some other methods. They get away with it and are not as uncommon as you think. Also, you forget the many people who can inherit guns. There will always be crazies who like hurting others. Most pro-gun folks are mostly concerned with owning guns to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones instead of waiting for a cop or, sadly, an ambulance or hearse because the police weren't fast enough or they didn't have enough man power.
Yes I am aware that there will be people out there that can get ahold of their guns even if they are banned. But, when thinking about the dangers of guns I do not only think of the insane serial killers. I do not think it is safe for the average person to possess a gun even if they think they are responsible. We have to walk as slow as our slowest person and the statistics show the dangers of owning a gun. People that own guns are much more likely to cause an accident then actually use them properly for defense.