I carry and I say legal. But I have never had to use it in the manner people are commenting here and I hope it stays that way. Police also hate discharging their weapons if they don't have to. I shoot my crossbow more than my gun.
LARGER guns. I'd say anything bigger than a decent-sized handgun should be banned from the markets. Maybe shotguns allowed in certain situations, like living on a farm or something. And ammo should be limited and taxed like crazy, like cigarettes and alcohol. Also, background checks, frequent job checks, and frequent random drug tests should be administered to registered gun owners and family members able to use the weapon (say anyone over twelve and not with a disability such as mental retardation such as severe Autism).
It sounds like a horrible system, but I think it'll at least correct what we do have now.
Hmm...I don't think I can vote. Because honestly, they're really quite useful in some cases, but it's like they're more for offense than defense. I think only specialized officials like cops should be allowed to have guns, and only on duty. With all the disarmament stuff going on in the US, I can honestly say, despite my hatred of guns, I DON'T think they should be illegal...just limit the amount of AMMO a person can have! I mean, seriously! Who cares about the guns--let em keep them! But without their ammo, the guns are useless, so put a limit on ammo, not guns! XP
God these blocks of texts in the comments... a lot of ideas. If you ask me, if you have someone who's willing to shoot up a place, they don't care who dies or what happens to themselves, and guns are illegal, why would they care? Right now, I don't think that bearing arms is so much as a right, but a privilege, and it should belong to those who're emotionally and mentally stable enough to handle it.
Many people believe that they need guns to defend against other people with guns. If that person didn't have the gun to begin with, we wouldn't have this problem. People buy guns to use in suburban areas, and so frequently we hear about guys who were able to just walk up to a store and buy a gun to shoot people with. In countries where guns are illegal, the death toll during attacks on civilians is so often significantly lower. People who want to own a gun for hunting in order to gather food, sure. But so many people are just buying them for the sake of the second amendment. Guns are illegal in several countries, and it's not like they're crime rates have suddenly shot up because of it. It's actually worked out pretty good in countries like Australia. Also, in regards to people who believe that people with mental instability are more of an issue than guns, and they shouldn't be allowed them then we'll all be safe, hardly any one with a mental illness goes on to kill other people. They are far more likely to kill themselves. In addition, the man who recently shot all those children at their school, not only was he not mentally ill, deemed fit for court, the gun was also his mother's, not his. So doing a background check wouldn't have prevented him obtaining one.
Whether or not something is legal doesn't change what a person will do if they're seriously determined. People make the assumption that guns are the problem, it's the weapons that need to go away, but that's not the case. People are the problem, and those who want to kill even if it's illegal, even if ANY weapon is illegal.
From my perspective, guns are protection from such people. I'm relatively small, I can't defend myself physically in the least bit. So if someone is coming after me with the intention to badly wound or kill, hell yes I'm going to shoot them. I'm protecting myself and my family, that's all there is to it. I would never use a gun unless I absolutely HAD to.
If guns are illegal, those people with the intent to hurt others will find a way regardless. They may even resort to more dangerous things.
though i think guns should be illegal..its not practical...cuz if it were illegal people who want it would try to get it by other means (ie. black market) though sure it might lower the amount of people owning guns...it won't solve the problem >< also there are some people who own guns for like protection or hunting or something (personally i dont understand why you need to have a gun....) and there are people who are using guns "correctly" and not to kill other people, should they be punished for the few crazies in this world? :T idk... i think instead of banning guns the government should maybe try to help those crazy people instead :<
Here is what is true. Please read all so you will understand. Guns are not the problem. The people who have the funds are the problem. Why should the entire country be punished for a few people's problems. The people who are doing the bad stuff are criminals. If guns are banned, THE CRIMINALS WILL STILL GET THEIR GUNS!!! also we have a RIGHT to own guns. Who cares whether it's for "sport" or not? we have a right!!
im my opinion, its not the selling of guns & stuff that cause shootings; its the fact that the people that are shot dont know how to protect themselves. the Gov. is talkin about having all teachers carry guns which means (1) they have to do more background checks on teachers so less kids get raped by teachers (2) teachers can defend the kids if a shooter comes to school (3) whos gonna come to school armed if every teacher in the building is packing a 12 gauge? exactly
Illegal. Guns do not make a country safer. The USA is a prime example of this. If guns made you safe, why are there so many kids being shot in schools? And as for hunting animals, that is not a sport. Somehow, I think people would object if say, bears learnt to handle guns and thought it would be a good idea to go people-culling because, let's face it, we are far too over-populated. It's sheer arrogance to think that we are in any way better and somehow have a right to kill animals when we are not hunting for food.
But if you gave schools guns, then it is almost guaranteed that there would be even more shootings if a kid happened to break into where the guns are kept or a teacher just snapped and let rip with guns. Another thing I don't get is the selling of armour-piercing bullets. Why sell armour-piercing bullets?!
Well, there are already a lot of schools with guns. And some schools with guns have been known to stop mass shootings. If schools were to have guns, like some do already, they aren't a store house of weapons. It's an armed guard and a couple concealed carriers amongst the staff that students wouldn't have any clue about. Obviously you would only be allowed to have a gun at school if you are not in danger of just 'snapping'. As for the sale of armor piercing rounds, a lot of people interpret the second amendment to bear arms as a way of defending yourself from a tyrannical government, like that's why the founding fathers put it as number 2 so that we would have the means of starting a revolution if need be. So people by this in mind of that, some people buy it for other reasons too probably but that’s the reason I’m familiar with.
I think the sale of all guns to the public should be banned. The reason why horrible shootings happen is because of the futile background checks (It's easier to buy a gun than a dog) and easy excess to automatic weapons. Seriously, unless you are a police officer, FBI agent, or have some other kind of high risk job in which you absolutely positively need a gun, you don't need one. If nobody could have guns, then nobody would get killed. And I hate hunting too. It's just so immoral and cruel.
No, only fully automatic weapons are illegal. The GCA of 1986 only bans those. If AWB (Assault Weapons Ban) is what you're referring to, that expired nine years ago. There are around 37 states that allow the possession of automatic weapons as long as you have an approved application from ATF and have payed for a Tax Stamp for the gun.
I guess so. I dont know haha, I live in America. Everyone out here has a gun. Im not necessarily a gun owner myself, but I do feel like everyone has a right to them..I mean its in our constitution. But it makes sense for opinions to differ from each country.
Legal, but in the way driving is legal. I'm not saying in the way cars are necessary to daily life, but the amount of education and restrictions involved in getting a license for one. And also restrict the type of guns available etc.
Legal as long as there's strict firearm/weapon registration/possession laws. It would be unfair for those citizens who want to use firearms responsibly to not be able to have them. And even if firearms were illegal, criminals would still find a way to possess them, leaving more criminals with firearms and less citizens to have a weapon to defend themselves.
It's complicated. I do think that people should have the right to have a small number of handguns for home defense, if they choose. (Statistically, it's highly unlikely that you'll use your own gun to fend off an invader or attacker; you're more likely to kill yourself or a family member with it, but whatever, people do all sorts of things to calm irrational fears.) I think any private gun owner should be required to have a license for his guns, with the possibility of having that license revoked due to irresponsible ownership. Also, no, you do not need a semi-automatic for 'self-defense.' Also, more restrictions on selling guns to people with a history of violent behavior, more strict background checks on every gun purchase (you can literally buy a gun more easily than a box of cold medicine in most of America-cold medicine never killed 20 1st-graders, I'll tell you that much), that sort of stuff. There's lots of stuff that can be done to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous or murderous people without interfering with hobbyists or collectors. The problem (and here I go with the politics) is that these 'responsible gun owners' I keep hearing about always seize up when it comes to any of this. I have not met a single gun enthusiast who is not convinced, on some level, that any attempt to be more responsible with guns is not in fact a secret plot to ban gun ownership entirely. They need to drop this paranoia before anything can be done.
Part of it, speaking as an American, is that America has a completely fucked up attitude when it comes to gun ownership. If we saw them as a dangerous but occasionally necessary tool, that would be one thing, but there are so many people here who see gun ownership as the ultimate symbol of power and independence and seem to be constantly fantasizing about how they're a real-life John McClane and that they're going to mow down every 'bad guy' they meet in their humdrum lives. You can't have a rational conversation about guns when people like that control the dialogue.
Now ir's not like I'm a big gun supporter, I only believe that the 2nd amendment shouldn't be abridged. Making guns illegal won't solve anything because criminals aren't going to care and will continue using them. Remember that failed attempt of the government to ban alchoholic beverages? People died from bad booze and crime flourished in American cities. Guns kill people I'm aware of that but so do STDs, cars, alchohol, junk food, and drugs. So should we make driving, having sex, and guns illegal? History has shown what happens when people make decisions based on fear and desperation. Imagine if some politician came along and began to say that"Religion and free speech can cause conflicts and therefore should be restricted. Most people would be opposed to this.Guns don't have minds of their own they are tools that we created and therefore is our responsibility to make sure they are not misused. Long story short if we abridge one amendment, others such as the first amendment might be next.
I agree!!! criminals are still going to get their guns whether they're banned our not! The funds aren't the problem. It's the people with the guns. The government is trying to tare or country down and give us no way to protect ourselves.
I think illegal in most circumstances- but things like hunting rifles and certain types of shotgun should be allowed for hunting or property defence- eg. my uncle lives on a farm and he has a gun for disposing of any feral pigs, dogs, or foxes that threaten his livestock. I think some basic handguns should be allowed too- but again, only for people who need them for their job as a safety precaution.
I think that anyone wanting to get a gun should go through a series of checks and trials to ensure the mental stability and suchlike- eg. knowing how to store a gun, knowing the consequences of using one.
However, weapons like machine guns and assault rifles shouldn't be available to the general public-because who knows when someone might go bezerk.
Just because the lack of respect for one another is at the heart of the problem doesn't mean guns have nothing to do with it. Since there is little we can do to fix the lack of respect, logic says we go towards banning guns instead. People need to stop being so defensive about their hunting guns. U.S. legislation is simply trying to regulate them, not flat out make everyone give them up. I think everyone should have to have a permit to own a gun, that they should only be used for serious hunting (as in killing to eat and not for sport) or for police officers, and those in the military. Guns should never be suggested to be used by citizens for defense. Just by having that gun in the house, you are more likely to get shot than not. (there's not much good it can do anyway if the other guy has a gun - and he'd be much less likely to shoot you if you weren't such a threat) Machine guns should be the ones outright illegal. Far too many have died at the face of guns, whether on accident or by a maniac. Regulating them is no different than regulating the safety of cars. People in this country claim the second amendment should be ultimate law, but the Bill of Rights is not the Bible (heck, even the Bible was written by humans). Our founding fathers weren't psychics. They had no way to see into the future and witness the pain the right to bear arms has caused for all the families of the victims of attacks. Back then, pistols were hardly even accurate. If you actually read the whole second amendment, it vaguely even implies that the right was meant to be used for militia, not just any random citizen.
Legal, just because here in Italy people can have guns if they want to go haunting(and I don't think that haunting if we want to eat should be illegal). We don't have the concept of owing a weapon in order to defense ourselves...it's kinda sad and...scary.
It's pretty hard to have a weapons here (and we can't go around with them, it's everything really restricted and I like the way it is honestly) I think: The more guns around, the less safe is a country in general.
In a perfect world: I think we should take away all guns and give people boxing gloves instead. That way, you are taking out your aggression in a fairer way than "point gun, shoot gun, you die." It'll get people to become more athletic too because if they ever get into a fight, they want to be ready, so they train. The country's obesity rate goes down and whatnot. Women should learn karate, to help defend themselves against thugs and abusive husbands.
Reality: *shrug* If they did take away guns, it would be like Prohibition. There would be underground gun smuggling going on anyway. Evil people would still find a way to get guns, and they would be in control because nobody else would have a gun. Now that guns are a part of normal society, you can't just take them away without people finding a way to get them back. Simple as that.
Since guns already exist, make them legal. Why? Because if you make them illegal then it is very likely that those who don't care what the law says, for instance criminals, get one in their hands, and because they will always make exceptions like "citizens can't use a gun but police members can" If you make them legal you are at least giving your citizens the opportunity to defend themselves. Make them legal and educate the people so that they don't use it when they don't need to. I am really against only the government and its belonging institutions being able to have guns, because it is well known that sometimes you need to defend yourself from them.
If you don't want people abusing guns then just erradicate guns, which is not possible or it would have a ridiculous cost.
part of my thinking is also this: if all guns were made illegal for all people, law abiding citizens would not be able to obtain guns. but certain non-law-abiding individuals will still purchase guns illegally. so where does that leave the law abiding citizens? unable to protect themselves and at the mercy of armed criminals. idk, i don't like fear-based arguments like that, but at the same time I can't help but think of it.
No civilian should ever have access to a weapon used by the police or military. For things like hunting rifles, sale and ownership needs to be strict. As in they should be registered and that the owner has to prove that they are psycologically sound to use it responsibly.