Let everyone have a gun
Quick background check to purchase and carry
Quick background check to purchase, but more difficult to carry
Background check, waiting period for purchase and carrying.
Background check, waiting period, no carrying
No guns at all
I think that firearms that are used primarily for hunting and that are difficult to conceal - rifles, shotguns, and other long arms should have rather low restrictions. Handguns, on the other hand, should be regulated locally.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
I understand Conservative concerns about the second amendment and what constitutes infringement of those second amendement rights. But in my view while I don't believe within a relatively lose interpertation of the constitution there should be a complete ban on guns I also don't believe that handing out high powered assault rifles like candy to people who probably really shouldn't have them is a great idea either.
Backround checks and mandatory waiting periods are just fine with me and I don't lose any sleep over it.
The second amendement was adopted in 1791 and I don't believe the people at the time who adopted it had this vision in their head of a bunch of hillbillies in a dodge durango with russian made AK-47's thinking they're going to overthrow the government that has Apache helicopters.
Having a gun in ones home is sometimes nessecary yes, and in the future is something I would consider if I lived in an area I believe warranted it. A person who owns a gun in their home, can save their family from a potentially dangerous person who intends grevious harm upon their families.
I know if it was me I'd shoot the son of a bitch without hesitation if he went anywhere near my 7 year old sisters room that's for sure.
But there's also a big distinction I find with people that say that mass gun ownership makes public spaces safer. I don't believe this is entirely true, although in some cases it has been the case. But if you think it is 100% true you should go ask the Somalians what 100% gun ownership looks like.
In World War 2 a study found that only 15-20% of soldiers would actually fire on enemy troops on site, while this number increased during more intense combat situations, it does show that people have an innate hesitation when it comes to killing another human being. People who talk candidly about being able to pull the trigger (me included two passages ago) are like virgins talking about sex in my opinion, and yeah I'm willing to take a shot at myself here.
Most of the time a spree shooter kills themselves, or is killed by law enforcement.
Legally bought guns are used in crimes.
And quite frankly the idea that having mandatory waiting periods and backround checks to buy extremely effective and lethal weapons is a bad idea is simply beyond my comprehension. Yes I understand you can make the case that you don't have to get a backround check to own a knife, or a hatchet, or a gone damn nail file, it's extremely difficult to kill large amounts of people with those weapons. With guns it is not the case, especially with high powered assault rifles.
Making sure that while it's not impossible (because of criminals), we make it has hard as humanly possible for the mentally ill guy breaking into my house trying to rape my sisters to not have a gun, and I do.
Most states have only a background check that is done on site when purchasing. In New Jersey it is a pain in the ass. You have to go to the police station, fill out a lengthy form, get finger printed, then wait for a firearms purchasing id to come in the mail that could take up to a month. When purchasing a handgun you do the same thing. I don't understand why a background check on site to make sure the person is clean. I feel that is plenty and no waiting period is necessary.
Among all stupid liberal stances, gun control is among the worst. Give everyone, upon a successful background check, a firearm if they want. The truth is that anyone can get a gun if they truly desired, and that gun control only takes guns away from those who would use it responsibly.
The biggest argument for this would be OnWisconsin's story in this thread. He sounds like the guy who supports the ongoings at Virginia Tech.
Guns stop alot of crime but don't expect to ever hear about that on the evening news. Years ago my wife was driving home late one night and had a flat. Some guy pulled over and offered to help. She said no thanks my husband will come looking for me soon. He insisted she roll the window down and kept harassing her until she pointed her little 22 pistol in his face. He drove away.
We need transparent polls. I'd like to know what idiot voted for no guns at all.
I voted to let everyone have a gun, but I need to add qualifiers. Let all legal citizens (civilians who are not incarcerated) buy guys unfettered.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius