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    Re: Gun Control

    Yes. I respect the right to own guns, and i own several but i do believe our control needs to be a little bit more strict.


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    Re: Gun Control

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I pretty much agree with this. The problem isn't guns. The problem is mental illness.
    I agree. At least Illinois has mental illness as part of its grounds for denial such as the rule is and it does get reported. If we combined that type database with the criminal background check nationally it would be great progress toward stopping some of this stuff. It certainly would have prevented VA Tech.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I agree. At least Illinois has mental illness as part of its grounds for denial such as the rule is and it does get reported. If we combined that type database with the criminal background check nationally it would be great progress toward stopping some of this stuff. It certainly would have prevented VA Tech.
    And yet a FOID is now good for ten years in Illinois. A lot can happen in one year, much less ten.
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    Re: Gun Control

    I have been a life member of the NRA since 1978. It is time for a change. I can live with a total ban on all semi auto rifles with caliber or powder capacity greater than .22 rimfire. The Clinton assault weapon ban did not go nearly far enough to make any appreciable dent in crime. You could still buy a new AR-15, it just eliminated some Chinese SKS from competing with our assault weapons for sale. You could still buy used hi-cap magazines at any gun show. It just didn't go far enough.

    Enforcement of existing laws, especially making people serve full sentences for committing a crime while using a firearm, would help.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Again: Requiring gun owners to be members (in good standing) of militias, e.g. State Militias, should be necessary.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Id vote but you sorta tactlessly tacked on the "IF THEY COULD SAVED LIVES" in the end. Biased poll is biased.
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    Re: Gun Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    First you'd have to convince me that gun control actually has the potential to reduce violence in the USA. I do not believe this is the case. There is no evidence that any existing gun control legislation has had any siginficant impact on violent crime.
    I believe the thread premise is that we are operating under the presumption that we have already been convinced...

    IF they had the potential to save lives, etc.

    Nevertheless, I stand by my earlier answer, the utility argument does not trump that stripping the property rights and self-defense rights of the general citizenry is not morally justifiable.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Actually the Supreme Court has already ruled the 2nd amendment is a personal or individual right just like the many other amendments. It does not require one to be in a militia.

    As to the OP would you support more gun proliferation if it was shown that doing so would reduce overall violence, or is controlling our rights the agenda?

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    Again: Requiring gun owners to be members (in good standing) of militias, e.g. State Militias, should be necessary.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Yes. I respect the right to own guns, and i own several but i do believe our control needs to be a little bit more strict.
    The only kind of gun-control which had a chance of making a difference in either of the recent shootings, is a requirement to store your guns in a rated safe.

    Other than that, no form of gun-control is relevant to recent events.

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    Re: Gun Control

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    The only kind of gun-control which had a chance of making a difference in either of the recent shootings, is a requirement to store your guns in a rated safe.

    Other than that, no form of gun-control is relevant to recent events.
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