Re: Assault/military style weapons - what we can do to control them
posted at 12/18/2012 9:49 AM EST
In response to Inokea4coolaid's comment:
About 12,352 people die from homicides involving guns (Forbes)
About 10,228 people die from drunk driving (MADD, 2010)
About 443,000 people die from cigarettes (Center for Disease Control)
Don't hide behind the consitution as an artificial facade as to the real reasons for your position on guns.
There are already gun control laws established by each State. Most already do background checks for criminal history, mental illness, drug use, fingerprinting, pictures, ect. Those proposing "change" really have brought nothing new to the table, nor is there any evidence that those suggested "changes" stop incidents like that of CT.
Gun control is very much like the topic of abortions. My guess is that it's about 50-50 split between pro-choice and pro-life. So, since there is no clear cut majority for what folks are proposing - then, in the spirit of democracy - the choice should be left up to the individual.
Just based on the above statistics, maybe the gun control advocates should ban cigarrettes.
There's been a lot of work to get cigarettes banned--or at least severely restricted. It has helped too.
If you want ideas about what might work with gun control, look at other countries. The so-called gun control laws in the US are generally toothless. Other countries have much, much tougher laws. As a gun owner who moved from the US to Canada, I know firsthand the difference. It's easy to own and use a hunting rifle in Canada. It's a heck of a lot harder to own and use a pistol. There's also a signficantly lower rate of gun fatalities here.