I am a gun owner in support of stronger and more responsible gun control regulations.
First off, my right not to get shot by some nutter with a beef is more important to me than that nutter's right to own an assault rifle, or 9mm with a 30 round magazine.
We hear about shootings constantly, but we rarely hear of anyone saving themselves or their family because they had a gun on hand. Quite often it's the reverse, the shooters know the people they shoot. Who's protecting the home from them?
Others, like the kid in Tucson, are just angry with the government, with society, and feel it's okay to bypass the democratic process and excercise their "second amendment option"... The fear and anxiety they feel is very similar to some of the paranoid pro-gun rhetoric we hear from groups like the NRA (see above: the FBI is reading this right now!).
I also feel strongly that something has to be done to stop the illegal exportation of guns to Mexico. Some feel it's their right not only to own high caliber assault weapons, but to export that right (at a profit) to a country where guns are highly regulated. That exportation supports murder, mass-murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping and terrorism just across the border to our south. We can't ask Mexico to crack down on the drugs entering the US without first stopping the flow of weapons that are then used to kill off the very forces trying to stop the drugs.
I do believe people in this country have a right to own guns, but I also believe we, as a society, have a right to regulate that ownership for the greater good.
posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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