Originally Posted by Jubelum
"A complete ban" on handguns will not work. Criminals are by definition, "CRIMINALS"- they will not respect gun laws, because criminals do not respect the law. By definition. Street thugs will have nothing to fear in making average people victims. With 300 million guns in the country, the idea that they are going to evaporate even in a century is a fantasy... criminals will always have them, just like the criminals in the UK and Australia.
The rest of us deserve the same right to protect ourselves.
Not if you don't allow the manufacter and sale of said weapons to anyone other than police and punish possession severely.
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
Whoa. I thought you were a rabid conservative SDW... was I wrong about that?
If more of the staff had been trained and had arms available, it would have been more likely that todays massacre would have been stopped right off.
The problem is not guns. It's when delusional people have access to guns, and there is no counteracting force.
Well, I am
No worries! But that said, I'm not advocating a policy here, merely discussing and tossing ideas around...not to be flippant on such a serious topic, of course. I'm really just saying that I think it's pretty much one or the other...black or white. You either totally ban handguns, or you allow people to arm themselves.
As for my "real" feelings, I'm unsure. It's clear the government has infringed on our liberties wrt the 2nd amendment. That said, the amendment was created for the purposes of allowing people to form a militia, which is clearly no longer required (and ironically, it's the actual militias that the government really goes after forcefully). I mean, we have a serious
gun violence problem. What should we do about it? Is drastic action needed? I don't know...maybe it is. Nothing we do seems to help the problem. I wouldn't advocate banning all guns (hunting guns for example), but really...the only reason to have a handgun
is to shoot people.
. Is that really reasonable in our modern society? Part of me says no. Part of me believes that a total ban on handguns may just reduce violence and accidental gun deaths. However, it would have to be coupled with other actions, as I said...and it would require the Constitution to be amended, or so I think.