I notice a lot of agreement so I’ll throw in some less harmonious opinions
How do you feel about gun control?
Gun control is a necessity in a civilized society. I realize that ‘bad’ people will find a way to get illegal guns if they are determined. However the easier it is to get a gun, the more likely it is that they can fall into the wrong hands.
Gun control IMO does not mean that no one can own a gun. It means that there are restrictions placed on gun ownership.
I don’t think that automatic weapons, grenade launchers, etc are needed for self-protection. Who in their right mind needs an M-16 or uzi, etc.???
Owning a gun is not just a right but a responsibility. Training in gun safety should be required.
Ownership should be regulated. Just as I wouldn’t feel safe if retarded people or mentally ill people were allowed to drive, they also shouldn’t be walking around with guns.
I think society should set the rules rather than gun companies whose motive is primarily profit.
I also think police would have an easier job if they knew they weren’t outgunned.
Do you bear arms?
no, I choose not to.
Why is it a right?
The 2nd amendment states:
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.
This amendment was a direct response to Britain’s desire for the colonies to remain unarmed and unable to oppose their rule.
It is ambiguous as to whether this applies to individuals or state militia groups.
But in reality we all agree that gun ownership by individuals is allowed. It is the restrictions that are argued over.
Why is it an important right?
not sure it is. but if we are to unarm, it would be difficult to do that without becoming more vulnerable to those with illegal guns.
Would crime be reduced if guns were banished?
crimes of passion probably, but guns are not the source of crime.
Does the possession of a firearm really make you safer?
It cuts both ways - it could save your life. It could also escalate a disagreement into a deadly incident.
Imagine a NYC where everyone had a Colt 45 in a holster on their hip. Everyone! Clearly muggings would decrease. But how many lunatics would snap over some incidental thing and start shooting? how would you react to someone bumping into you?
I don’t think a fully armed camp like that would be the ideal solution for a safe city.
What requirements should there be for one to obtain a firearm?
Gun safety training. A legitimate use for the weapon, ie, hunting, self-protection, hobby, etc.
A generally responsible person - background check. no violent criminal record.
A minimum age, like a driver’s permit.