posted on Jan, 19 2011 @ 10:10 AM
reply to post by WeRpeons
-I can understand owning hunting rifles and some handguns, but guns that can shoot multiple rounds in just a few seconds, why would the general public
really need them?
Handguns are not the magic weapons they appear to be in movies and books. Rarely do they stop a person with one shot. If one shot stops an attacker it
is usually because the attacker ran away or gave up.
A bullet stops a a person mainly by causing a loss of blood pressure that causes a loss of consciousness, an interuption of the cenrtral nervous
system that stops movement, or the inability to get oxygen to the blood stream because the lungs have been punctured. To do this usually requires
multiple injuries. That means multiple bullets in a short period of time.
The average defensive shooting is at less than seven yards and takes just a matter of seconds. The ability to get off multiple well placed shots in
two or three seconds can be the difference between life and death.
A three week thorough background check before owning a gun sounds reasonable. (It takes longer to get a background check for a passport than it does a
In many states you have to get a purchase permit to buy a handgun. This means that you do have to wait while the police check your back ground. It can
take anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. If the state doesn't require a purchase permit - that requires a back ground check - you
have to go through a back ground check that includes local state a federal information, The database is being upgraded with mental health information
because of NRA supported legislation passed in 2007.
The NICS database is very thorough. The problem is that some local jurisdictions don't have the man power to update their information and send it in
on a consistent basis. In other words your passport back ground check takes longer than it really should. With modern technology it shouldn't take
more than a week to do your passport.
-Someone who wants to commit a murder or a crime will always find a way to get a gun.
Yep. In the 50s gangs would use car arials to make "zip guns" that fired a .22 or similar small caliber bullet. In England a guy was caught
converting starter pistols in to functioning firearms. He was selling them to known drug dealers and gang members. Cops in England were caught selling
confiscated weapons to gang members. Cops in America have been caught doing the same thing with guns ordered destroyed.
-Carrying guns seems like trouble waiting to happen. (What happens if someone goes to a bar and has one too many drinks and they get into a stupid
argument with another patron? Their mind isn't thinking clearly and their temperament gets the best of them and they reach for their gun).
In most states carrying while drinking is illegal. Beyond that all we have to do is look at the states tha allow people to carry in bars. Take
Tennessee for example. That passed a law saying you can cary in places that serve alcohol for consupmtion on premises. There has yet to be a case of a
CCH permit holder shooting anybody in a bar.
People that carry tend to be about 8 times less likely to be arrested for any violent offense than the general population. So, it could happen, but
the chances are very very slim. Most people that carry concealed - legally- are hyper vigilant to avoid confrontations. They understand the legal and
emotional consequences of engaging in any fight, especially one that leads to lethal force.
People carrying concealed are not out there looking for a chance to shoot. We are training to protect lives and praying we never have too.