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Zack Kimpton
by on October 2, 2017
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I don't want to get political about what happened while it is so fresh but I figured with all the back and forth going on from both sides I might as well throw in my two cents. People calling for "common sense" gun control and those taking up my usual stance of "more armed people would've been better" are both in the wrong.
While there can be smarter steps to cut down on these events, confiscating all weapons of law abiding citizens is simply not plausible. There are roughly 9 guns for every 10 citizens in the United States. in order to either buy back or simply take them away would not only violate the 2nd amendment of our constitution, it would severely cost the nation (in terms of a buyback) or cause a huge divide due to the unjust seizure of property (simple confiscation.) If you take away the ability for citizens to defend themselves with so many guns already out in the open people will keep them and you would be making criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens who only want to defend themselves. the alternative is that many will end up on the black market and once you have armed criminals and made the populace defenseless you'll have a higher crime rate. Acting as if criminals will follow the laws such as a gun ban once it is instituted asinine, seeing as murder is already illegal. The terrorist attack in Paris had a higher death toll and the terrorist used a truck. Evil will always find a way, be it with guns trucks, or home manufactured explosives and taking guns out of the hands of the populace wouldn't make them any better off.
As for the people who (like me) usually say that a more armed populace would've cut down on the casualties, no. While that may have been the case in other instances (Sandy hook, Pulse nightclub, etc.) in this case that would have simply put more people in danger. You don't want a bunch of festival goes returning fire at a hotel, drunk or sober. That would have significantly increased the damage done and while it is a stupid stance in this instance I have seen it said.
I consider myself a Republican, I will always advocate for the second amendment. Shooting is a hobby of mine and I'm considering getting a CCW in case I may be unfortunate enough to get caught up in something like this, however with everything happening we need to figure out a gun reform that could work to keep citizens rights in their hands while limiting the way that criminals may acquire weapons and it isn't going to be as simple as "ban them all" or "give everyone a gun."
Condolences to all those caught up in this and my heart goes out to all affected.
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XTimes
The Truth is out there!
XStreamer
I don't think we need any reform at all, as for what kind of guns. Guns are not the problem, people are. Living in a FREE society means you live with the chance of some retard going on a rampage. 300k people die every day, with no less meaning, or pain suffering from those deaths. When anyone dies it leaves a trail of pain and sadness. So while the NEWS makes billions arguing about arguing, we're all stuck to clean up the mess they create. It should be illegal to profit from these types of events. BUT right now? That's their Business Model, profit off of others pain.
Zack Kimpton
So Barry would you also recommend a tax on all car sales for every victim of drunk driving?
Barry LeValley
There's plenty we can do. We can limit how much firepower is available for sale. Limit the amount of firearms per person, ammo per person. Have a gun tax. 1% of gun sales. Which goes up by 1% for every American killed in a mass shooting. To cover the medical and cleanup costs from gun massacres. After Las Vegas, the tax rate would be 60%.
SheldonTrumbro
This does not add up at all...I think this guy was an innocent victim...the shooters r long gone..just my opinion..but this does not add up
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XTimes
The Truth is out there!
XStreamer
I don't think we need any reform at all, as for what kind of guns. Guns are not the problem, people are. Living in a FREE society means you live with the chance of some retard going on a rampage. 300k people die every day, with no less meaning, or pain suffering from those deaths. When anyone dies ...View More
Zack Kimpton
So Barry would you also recommend a tax on all car sales for every victim of drunk driving?
Barry LeValley
There's plenty we can do. We can limit how much firepower is available for sale. Limit the amount of firearms per person, ammo per person. Have a gun tax. 1% of gun sales. Which goes up by 1% for every American killed in a mass shooting. To cover the medical and cleanup costs from gun massacres. A...View More
SheldonTrumbro
This does not add up at all...I think this guy was an innocent victim...the shooters r long gone..just my opinion..but this does not add up