I moved away from one of the most roughest part of Missouri, Saint Louis. That place is a hell hole.
Pro-gunners have no valid arguments. We don't need more than a handgun. Anything else is overkill. We don't live in those times where we have an existing enemy to point our guns at.
To the moron who tried to compare guns to cars...Guns are created for one purpose. To kill. Cars are for transporting your lazy asses to and from. Please please......don't compare these two. You can kill anyone with mostly EVERYTHING-yes this include paper too... Chopsticks? Keyboards? The list goes on. If we go with your logic we might as well ban every damn thing that can be used as a weapon including the damn chair your fat asses are sitting on! Right? Right?! I hope you weren't seriously trying to refute those arguments with that piece of shit reasoning. Cigarettes are just like guns NOT NEEDED but it's the stubborn people that keep the products coming.
As our local gun expert has stated, the majority of gun violence is from illegal guns.
However, I think there should be a bit more regulation when it comes to firearms.
Perhaps a yearly mental evaluation to ensure applicants/permit holders have the capacity to use a gun properly.
It would really cut down on fear goggle killings.(Zimmerman and Dunn?)
Mental evaluations wouldn't necessarily help. I'm sure Zimmerman could easily pass a mental evaluation. What question would disqualify someone from obtaining a firearm? "Would you use this weapon in the event you fear for your life? [Y] [N]"? Or maybe you could just ask them "Please be completely, totally honest about this: Are you batshit crazy and planning on murdering people? [Y] [N]". Many psychopaths throughout history have an above average intelligence and would just easily lie their way through any mental evaluation.
Then there's the problem of illegal guns being acquired by criminals, so even if you had the most difficult of mazes for law-abiding citizens to navigate to purchase a handgun that could only shoot 1 bullet per month and every bullet had built-in WIFI that sent its ballistics coordinates to the local police precinct, criminals would still get guns.
How do criminals obtain guns?
*Straw purchases http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...ocon/guns.html
*From our own government's corrupt organizations http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal
*They make them from cheap materials http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturda...22_definitions
Consider this: Alcohol is illegal to purchase or possess for anyone under 21 years old. High school kids still get drunk. Where do they get the alcohol? Someone who is of legal age buys it for them. That's how criminals get guns, plain and simple. Only a low percentage of guns used in homicide cases are "stolen". The majority were purchased by a middleman, who then passed the gun to someone else.
So yes, it's easy for convicts and gang members with criminal records to acquire guns illegally. It's even more easy for your average, middle-class psychopath to acquire guns legally.
Does this mean all guns are bad because anyone with malicious intent can easily obtain a gun? Hunters use guns, particularly rifles purchased at Wal-Mart. It turns out that hunting rifles are almost never used in murders. The majority of murders are committed with handguns, because they are easily concealable underneath clothes. Gang members don't exactly walk around carrying a bolt-action Remington 700.
National statistics: Less than four percent of all homicides in the United States involve any type of rifle. http://www.guncite.com/journals/rational.html#fnb117
So it seems like hunters and "Right-wing rednecks wearing camouflage and swilling Budweiser in the forest" are more responsible gun owners than inner-city gangsters who most likely vote left. Not that anyone's political leanings really matter in the gun debate, it's just a funny coincidence that the most staunch anti-gun activism is from the Left, and the majority of handgun homicides are committed in major cities such as NYC and Chicago that have strong left-leanings.
Minority groups are the most responsible for gun violence, but it's usually amongst themselves. Italian on Italian gun violence during the Mafia years, black on black violence in the Blood & Crip years. One could make the assumption that the majority of gun violence stems from capitalist desires as each ethnic group goes through poverty and tries to gain a foothold in society.
So at the end of the day, it's not that "gun culture" is a problem, it's that capitalist culture is the problem, because drug money makes people do terrible things.
Not quite. Those do not really tell you about the mental state of a person."Would you use this weapon in the event you fear for your life? [Y] [N]"? Or maybe you could just ask them "Please be completely, totally honest about this: Are you batshit crazy and planning on murdering people? [Y] [N]".
I'm not really qualified to make the evaluation.
Detailed questions on how they react in certain circumstances.
Stuff that kinda digs deep into the psyche.
Is saving lives worth slightly inconveniencing the qualified people? I think so.
I see it like this: Ban carrying. 9o percent of the problem fixed.
Here's a crazy idea... What if criminals were punished far more severely for their crimes? Most crimes in the US are committed by people who have already committed crimes, just as most felons go on to commit more crimes. If felons, the highest class of criminals, just end up doing more bad things after their release, shouldn't it be clear as day that the system isn't working? Bring back the death penalty in all states. Make is so that each crime a felon commits is a step closer to getting fried (or gassed, injected, etc etc etc). Remove all of this shit that actually benefits them, such as yard time to allow them to organize more crime and TV/gaming systems for some. They aren't there to live a better life than most do in the ghettos. Make their life hell for their crimes. Break them as people. Remold them into fearful but respectful individuals. This is just one of many ways that would work better than the garbage system we use now. But anyone from the US knows it won't ever get better. There is far too much money involved with ensuing that individuals come back to prison as soon as possible. Private prisons should not exist. With the reintroduction of the death penalty, a lot of prisons won't even be required as the number of prisoners will go down.
Last edited by Jin-Roh; 02-24-2014 at 01:43 PM.