Gun control

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cr1t (December 18, 2012, 11:39:09 AM):
I agree that there will always be nut jobs trying to do things like this.

But there is must be tighter controls as to who is allowed to own a gun.
If it is harder to obtain a driving licence than to own a gun then there is some problem.
There must be some control as to who is fit to own a weapon and how many.


st0nes (December 18, 2012, 11:44:30 AM):
I agree that there will always be nut jobs trying to do things like this.

But there is must be tighter controls as to who is allowed to own a gun.
If it is harder to obtain a driving licence than to own a gun then there is some problem.
There must be some control as to who is fit to own a weapon and how many.



Who decides? And what gives them the right to so decide?
Brian (December 18, 2012, 13:17:43 PM):
As I understand it, the issue hits at the very heart of the American Constitution: freedom vs limited freedom; vs autocracy etc. The US has inadvertently become a state where civil rights are limited, yet they seem to miss this. I can remember how pissed off I was when we were required to wear seatbelts!!! Who the freck is the govt to tell me to protect myself???....now I feel uncomfortable when I don't wear it! Possession of a gun seems to be an expression of liberty in the US and any attempt to restrict that liberty is resisted by very powerful lobbies. Guns are the symptoms; the right to own one/two/three, a constitutional privilege, but a privilege when abused should be withdrawn/restricted. I think unlimited access to weapons of "mass" destruction is evil in itself.
Tweefo (December 18, 2012, 13:23:42 PM):
As I understand it, the issue hits at the very heart of the American Constitution: freedom vs limited freedom; vs autocracy etc. The US has inadvertently become a state where civil rights are limited, yet they seem to miss this. I can remember how pissed off I was when we were required to wear seatbelts!!! Who the freck is the govt to tell me to protect myself???....now I feel uncomfortable when I don't wear it! Possession of a gun seems to be an expression of liberty in the US and any attempt to restrict that liberty is resisted by very powerful lobbies. Guns are the symptoms; the right to own one/two/three, a constitutional privilege, but a privilege when abused should be withdrawn/restricted. I think unlimited access to weapons of "mass" destruction is evil in itself.
Agree. They went to war on "Weapons of Mass Destruction". This is mass destruction.
Hermes (December 18, 2012, 14:27:54 PM):
As I understand it, the issue hits at the very heart of the American Constitution: freedom vs limited freedom; vs autocracy etc.
In a sense every law is a restriction of freedom. Freedom for one person may imply restriction for another. A democratically elected government has a mandate to act in the best interests of the population at large. One of the core duties of government is to provide security for its citizens. If this calls for regulating the ownership of weapons, then it should be done.

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