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WTF Is Wrong With America And Gun Control?

Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by CarolKing, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. StormyPinkness

    StormyPinkness Rhymenocerous ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

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    Gun grabbers and clowns... ok... I don't think we'll get anything out of talking about this more.

    I'm out. Thanks for the replies and have a good one.
     
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  2. GreenDragon

    GreenDragon Well-Known Member

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    Here we go again...But with a twist this time.

    The NRA whispering in Dirty Donnie's ear.
    And his gang of grifters too.

    I am sorry to the electrons who lost their lives in this short lived post so that I may express my frustration.

    Uhh...Wait, this is 'MERICA! F@#K those electrons. They were bad hombre electrons. Winning!
     
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  3. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    Bump stocks are IMO a gadget that has a very limited appeal to the gun community in general and even less appeal in the way utility. That said part of the problem is that the ATF itself green lighted the production and sales of bump stocks and the item succeed as a niche market product. Fast forward to this sad incident and the blow back is totally missing the ATF and landing on gun owners in general who are for the most part not involved. So now instead of looking at the process and players everyone has jumped into well know trenches with well known arguments with likely predictable results.
     
  4. steama

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    It's time to repeal the second. The U.S. constitution was written to be changed so let's be willing to change when specific things threaten our secular society. Like the second amendment is now.

    Every single consideration of the second is irrelevant when considering the passage of time, the changing of our society, and firearm technology. America averages one mass shooting of four or more people every single day. I am certain that when the founders crafted the second amendment this is not what they had in mind. American's have proven through the blood of innocents that gun ownership needs to be a privilege of competency and not a right in any way. Reasons for having the second amendment have long passed. Now it is just killing our citizens.

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  5. OldNewbie

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    I am all for a Constitutional convention...but you have to open it all up, not just the 2nd. Perhaps we might put an end to many rights claimed from the so called "penumbra". As to the reasons for the 2nd, I'm not sure how they are any less valid today than they were when it was written.

    Rights based on the "penumbra" are those that look to the Bill of Rights as a whole and tries to determine what they imply. Things like a right to privacy and all that entails. [This would affect contraception, sex acts, abortion, separate but equal is not equal and a host of other things we take for granted as "rights" today.] Once you open things up, it's open. You think people argue now, wait until everything is on the table.

    The reality is, without a convention, there is not going to be an amendment banning firearms. The NRA is not as powerful as it is because of the millions of dollars it spends, but on the millions of votes it represents. And all that is just in making the law. Since the main purpose of the right as expressed is to prevent usurpation of rights by the federal government (Self defense is not just against bears, but the government as well.), enforcing a prohibition against well-armed neighbors who fear that very thing and believe the right was to prevent that very thing, is going to be quite a party.

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    Another part of the problem is that bump stock results can be had with a rubber band or a belt loop.
    Click to play YouTube Video

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  6. steama

    steama Well-Known Member

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    The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads:

    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    The reason's and conditions to have communities with 'A well regulated Militia' no longer exist as they did when there was an American frontier and an early government people did not fully trust (I admit, similar to the lack of trust we have today). The difference is that having a right to firearms no longer has any effect or would have no effect against a modern tyrannical US government. The government is already in complete control of the people no matter what that AR15 is saying to you.

    When a unsuspected single shooter has the fire power to shoot over 500 people killing 60 in a matter of minutes something is very wrong. This is not something the founders intended. The passage of time, the growth of our society, and technological firearm advancements have changed everything the founders intended in regards to the second amendment.

    I am not saying outlaw guns and I think people should still have the freedom to use them. What I am saying is owning a gun should no longer be a right because people do not need guns to survive any longer in this country. Because of the extreme amount of mass shooting events in America it is clear to me anyway that guns need to be regulated and controlled. Gun ownership should be granted as a privilege on the grounds of competency.

    Every gun a person purchases should be required to have some form of liability insurance for each and every gun. There should be limits on the number of guns, and size of gun magazines people are allowed to have. Also, all semi-automatic weapon should be banned. I know that last one is a bit extreme, but why not? The gun problem is a bit extreme.

    It is time for a change. It is time to repeal the second.

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  7. OldNewbie

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    I guarantee you, if such a law were to be proposed, it would be considered racist. Are there any other civil rights we need permission from the government to exercise?

    (On a tongue-in-cheek side note, to "killing 60 in a matter of minutes something is very wrong. This is not something the founders intended". I assume a person with a musket could kill a single person in a moment. Population today is ~325 million and, in 1790 [The first census just before the Bill of Rights were effective.] was ~4 million. As a percentage of the population, such a killing machine was clearly something the founders contemplated.)

    Edit:
    How many of us are a part of the militia? I'd say all of us. The federal government says:

    10 U.S.C. 246:
    (a)
    The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
    (b)
    The classes of the militia are—
    (1)
    the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
    (2)
    the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.


    Are you of the opinion the 2nd amendment does not give women (not members of the national guard) the right to possess firearms?
     
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  8. steama

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    Racist? Strange, but okay? Now you are being nonsensical in a way that minimizes the gun tragedy that recently happened in Las Vegas, so I have a hard time following what you are talking about in that context?

    People are required to carry liability insurance when they own a car. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of strict licensing and regulation of firearms. This is why we need to repeal the second amendment so we can have meaningful gun control. Not to outlaw guns but to regulate and control guns.

    Just because somethings may be difficult does not mean they should not be done. Repeal of the second amendment will be exceptionally difficult and may take years to get the job done, but this does not mean that the second amendment should not be repealed. People need to begin working toward and demanding that our leaders and representative are on board with serious gun control beginning with repeal of the second.

    It all begins with chatter.
     
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  9. OldNewbie

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    Google something like: voter id racist
    Then, look at the reasons why. If the cost of obtaining ID is a racist way to prevent people from exercising their voting rights, then, the cost of obtaining liability insurance is a racist way to prevent people from exercising their right to bare arms. (Edit: Um...bear. While we don't have a right to bare arms, I am unaware of a significant number of people against it.)
     
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  10. steama

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    Nothing personal but I don't get off being flip about the one thing that takes more American lives than anything else.

    The entire idea of repealing the second is to remove 'the right to bear arms' from the constitution and make it a privilege instead of a right. The idea of change is built into the bedrock principles of the constitution from the very beginning with the bill of rights. Change is our birthright as Americans and if something is not right, or is killing our people we need to have the courage to work towards making positive change.
     
  11. howie105

    howie105 Well-Known Member

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    Education, teach people the essentials of gun safety and you will save more lives then the never ending, ever repeating gun debate. Almost no one should object to saving lives through education.
     
  12. OldNewbie

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    I am not flip about the thing that takes more lives than anything else, I am flip about the arguments for gun control. There are LOTS of things that takes more lives. One purported right that takes lots more lives is abortion. Another might be sugar. Murder, by gun or no, is way down the list.

    Finally, and then I'm out so you can have the last word, it is simply NOT true the "idea of change" is built into the Bill of Rights. They are fundamental normative rules. The purported source is found in the Declaration of Independence "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The basis of liberty is that, even in a democracy, individuals have rights that no majority should be able to take away.
     
  13. Likes2vape

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    No it is not time to repeal the second amendment!!! An armed populace is a safe populace!! The government and police officers should be scared of their citizens not the other way around and that is how it is in America. I’m sorry you feel that the constitution is out dated but it is just as relevant today as it was 200+ years ago. Our forefathers has the foresight to see that is every persons rigt to own and bear arms. I bet if the citizens of North Korea were armed Rocket man and his oppressive regime wouldn’t be in charge.
     
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  14. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    When the constitution was written we didn't have the artillary, ammunition and war type guns that we have now. It shouldn't be a free for all like it is in some states. Also not following the rules or overlooking them and turning their heads the other way in many cases. It's rediculious how obsessed some folks get.

    This week I heard that they are trying to make it easier for unstable people to get guns. WTF with that?

    I'm all for being able to protect yourself and go hunting. It's great if a person has a hobby and they like to go target practicing. There's a lot of BS out there that folks will get their guns taken away when anyone talks of any restrictions.

    The people of America deserve a safe society to live in. I think we need to work towards that. Not sure how we get there? I think education is probably a good start. As soon as there is talk about gun control the NRA shuts everybody down. Probably the strongest lobbiest in WA D.C. because they pay for that privilege with a lot of money. Get the money out of politics!:rant:

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    Every time there is a big shooting the amounts of guns that people buy goes up. It's insanity and obsessive.

    Trump signed law to help mentally ill get guns | MSNBC
    MSNBC.com › rachel-maddow › watch

    19 hours ago · Rachel Maddow points out the irony of Donald Trump's remarks that the Las Vegas shooter was "sick and ... only legislative accomplishments was a law to make it easier for the mentally ill to get guns.
     
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  15. Gray Area

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    Looking from the outside (of the US) it doesn't appear either your government or police are scared of you... :hmm:

    This is the part I don't get... do you really think people would organise and work together as a real opposition and actual threat to the government and power it wields, should you need to? Really?
     
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  16. Likes2vape

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    I’m all for banning bump stocks but this ridiculous notion that every gun is an assault rifle is ludicrous. Just because something looks military doesn’t make it so. Yes I do think the government and especially the police are scared of the standard citizen. That is why they are so quick to shoot an unarmed person because they are scared they are armed. It is also one of the major reasons the why the US has never been invaded by a foreign government, they know they US population is armed!
     
  17. Gray Area

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    So them being scared, makes them more likely to shoot you? And you want them to be scared?

    You honestly think that's the reason nobody's invaded??

    I still don't get it...
     
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  18. OF

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    Not really strange. It seems that almost all such laws are racist in nature. As a Nation we had no need for such laws until ex slave owners in the post Civil War feared visits in the night. Then we got gun laws to disarm 'the other guy' (typical). This is the basis of the 'Saturday Night Special' laws (cheap handguns) they first sought to price guns out of the hands of the poor. So it became class prejudice as well. Still is, I guess, since those who would take your guns away still want their armed security. If fact, disarming you makes them safer? Remember when the champion gun grabber at the time, Ted Kennedy's body guard got caught with a full auto Mac 10 in the DC airport (where even loose ammo is a bust)? Let alone the gun was illegal. Nothing happened to the guy I understand, although he didn't get 'his gun' back.

    Here in California we never had slaves, so we have repressive knife laws since we feared Mexicans who use knives (or so the logic goes). Gun (or other weapon) control is very often racist in nature since it's based on fear of folks you don't trust.

    I agree citizens, law abiding and not, should be responsible for the use of the guns they own, same as other dangerous things. I'm big on responsibility. But the statement that "absolutely nothing" is wrong with licensing and registration ignores the idea this is a step to regulation, further restriction and concatenation. Examples abound. For instance detachable mag SKSs here. First they were legal, just declare them. Then illegal, turn them in or else. No problem finding you, they have a list. Fun thing, lists. IMO there's good reason to fear this escalation. Consider what no less a champion of gun rights as Nancy P. said today, "They’re going to say, 'You give them bump stock, it's going to be a slippery slope.' I certainly hope so," she told a reporter at a news conference. From 'this side' the intent is clear no matter how 'reasonable, common sense' it might seem to others. Pirate Logic, straight from Captain Jack Sparrow, 'take what you can, give nothing back'. Saying there is "absolutely nothing wrong with the idea" is either dismissive of a LOT of gun owners honest experience based opinion or ignorant of it.

    I disagree a bit with the last, discussion is key of course, but IMO it all begins with getting the facts straight. That means objectivity, which can, in turn, make it difficult or even impossible to get that good start? I'm in favor of honest discussion, of course, but right now I don't think ANTIFA is going to let John Lott speak...... Nor, do I think, many on 'either side' are listening that well since they both know the truth and know the other side is evil.

    In a fun way this idea, 'an armed American behind every bush' played heavily into Japanese thinking coming up to WWII. Pearl Harbor is credited by some to this idea (avoid an invasion at any cost) in fact. There is reason to fear 'citizen militias' which is why fascists are so fond of rounding up all the gun at the first opportunity?

    In a fun way, 'we' left the Swiss alone (and neutral) in WWII in large part due to all the military rifles in the hands of trained citizens. I wouldn't try to convince them it has no value.

    OF
     
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  19. steama

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    Truly the most empty words in this entire thread. I think the American people have proven this statement to be untrue with our daily gun massacres. It is beyond ridiculous the loss of life many Americans are willing to tolerate to maintain this failed and deadly status quo.

    In fact mass shootings happen in America more than any other nation on earth. I think the Philippines is second but the USA is literally killing it.

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  20. HellsWindStaff

    HellsWindStaff Dharma Initiate

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    I am enjoying reading this thread; I don't really know how to change the system. I don't really know if it needs changed. I don't own a gun.

    I understand Americans have a special place in their hearts for guns compared to most. Don't know if guns are the problem, evil is evil. I saw this today...

    "Hey America *acid attack* why don't you *gets stabbed* ban guns *nail bomb goes off* so then you'll be safe *gets hit by truck* like us?"

    No disrespect. I don't know how to fix the issue. But it starts with mental health. I understand this guy was seemingly fine, but still believe mental health better investment to stop these things. Cause when guns get banned everything else will just be used.

    I will say that upon initially hearing this, that their was a shooting in Vegas...I barely paid it a thought. Which is sad. It wasn't until I realized the severity that I actually paid attention and informed myself what happened.

    Which just sad that it's become common enough that I didn't think much about it. I remember when Sandy Hook happened, and maybe cause kids but that hit me hard. Literally remember what I was doing and where I was going and type of day when i heard it on radio. 9/11 same way. This will hardly burn into my memory I reckon and that is very sad for humanity...

    Peace and love
     
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  21. steama

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    so many innocent lives needlessly wasted should be your first clue change is needed

    I AM SO GODDAMN MAD >>> FUCK THIS THREAD >>> I NEED TO MAINTAIN SANITY
     
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  22. OF

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    That's just not true (he says for the third time in a few days) I gave the reference to back that up a page or two back. This shooting is like 14th on the list, the only US shooting in the top 20 world wide. More over, since semi autos are harder to find, they turn to the Black Market (the one that gets drugs wherever they want......), unfortunately that usually means they import a real military assault rifle (like an AK) and the citizens face real machine guns most of the time?

    Best to get the facts straight?

    Careful here, the (military) definition of 'regulated' as above is the same as when you get both barrels of a double rifle to shoot to the same point of aim. Or the wing guns on a WWII fighter. That's what 'regulation' means, not marching in lines and stuff. Able to function as a useful soldier, able to deliver aimed fire. This is a tradition that goes back to middle age England (where many of our traditions come from), where law demanded that peasants be armed and practice regularly. You could be fined or put in the slammer for not taking part. Standing armies put an end to much of that but the idea of citizens trained in the use of arms able to make up a militia as the need arises remains. To this day in the opinions of many. Reading the Federalist Papers gives insight into what the authors of the Bill of Rights really thought, no need to guess or assume......and it wasn't anti gun. Fun reading, although it's been a long time since I have. IMO the principles still apply today.

    OF
     
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  23. steama

    steama Well-Known Member

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    Why the US has the most mass shootings

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/27/health/u-s-most-mass-shootings/index.html

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    http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/13/health/mass-shootings-in-america-in-charts-and-graphs-trnd/index.html

    read up
     
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  24. howie105

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    After decades of believers selling it to the masses objective has often been compromised by both sides. So debating statistics pro and con often comes down to wanting to believe in the, presentations and conclusions that support our individual positions.
     
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  25. HellsWindStaff

    HellsWindStaff Dharma Initiate

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    I'd be interested in seeing overall violence/homicides rather then specifically gun violence. it would be interesting to see if US is low on that scale.
     
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