reply to post by Leo Strauss
I try to keep my posts thoughtful. Saying, "its my god given right," doesn't help foster understanding. Of course I'm suprised you could
understand the post. I just tend to type as the thoughts flow. I need to stop that.
Back on topic
My problem is with the more powerful weapons/ammo and the idea that guns should be permitted everywhere at all times.
I have no problem with the strength of the weapon or the ammo.However, I do see your point about guns every where. I personally believe that if you
want to carry in public you should have to pass a shooting qualification. If you want to carry around the general populace, prove you can. I know that
rankles some gun owners. I just feel that safety is important.
I think a person should have to shoot ten rounds at 3, 5, 7, and 10 yards and keep all of the shots inside the scoring rings of a B-34 target. I
wouldn't be opposed to the same requirements on a B-3 or B-5 target.
I like NC's process for getting a CCH permit. I just think that most of the restrictions on where you can carry should be lifted. In my opinion you
should be able to carry every where except jails, mental institutions, the state capitol, and amusement parks (or fairs and carnivals with rides.) The
only reason I would exclude places with rides is because I can see some idiot losing his gun in a roller coaster loop or on the Pirate Ship.
Guns are fun to shoot, no doubt, especially fully automatic guns! But my feeling is that fully automatic weapons should not be legally permitted
except under controlled conditions e.g. shooting range. Your desire to carry high powered weapons for protection and entertainment is not a good
enought reason for me.
I'm not opposed to people owning fully automatic weapons. I think they are a waste of money and ammo. That is just my opinion though. Mostsecurity
forces and militarys have switched to weapons with three round burst. They are easier to learn and easier to control. They are highly effective for
stopping a threat quickly.
I feel the same about this as I do about gun/ammo power. There are stories of home invaders using body armor starting to appear across the country. I
feel we should have the same tools that law enforcement has. The SCOTUS has said that the police force does not owe protection to an individual but to
the community as a whole. That is fine, but I should have the exact same tools for defending myself and my family. I think that if a person wants a
5.56 AR-15, a .338 Lapua rifle, or a three shot burst capable MP-5 then they should be able to get it. Maybe we put in a training class for burst
capable weapons. Pass the class and the standard back ground checks and you are good to go.
I don't like the cloud of fear and anxiety created by weapons. I don't want to live my life in some kind of wild west nightmare. I don't feel safer
knowing everyone around me is carrying a gun, I know some people do, I don't.
The wild west as portrayed in Holly Wood is largely a myth. The west was actually a much more peaceful place than people realize. Larceny, assault and
other predatory crimes were low. The violence was very often between willing participants and most homicides could be considered self defense. Most
violent deaths were consentual fights over who was the better man. Not exactly a great reason for people to kill each other. However, it wasn't
really a bunch of gunslingers riding around robbing and killing at random. As a whole the general population was safer from predators than they are
wild west myth
Aurora and Bodie clearly were not dens of criminal activity, and women residents of the towns were far safer than their counterparts are today in
any American city. Nonetheless, when it came to men fighting men, Aurora and Bodie were unquestionably violent.  Men fought men with fists,
knives, and guns, and they often fought to the death. They occasionally fought over women or mining property, or even politics. But mostly they
(p.133) fought over who was the better man, real or imagined insults, and challenges to pecking order in the saloon. The men involved in the fights
were willing—often very willing—participants.
regarding the ammo identification. I read somewhere that soon they will be able to give a specific nano sized identifiers for each box of bullets.
This identifier cannot be destroyed and will be a part of the entire bullet including casings.
It sounds like the indentifiers they put in to certain explosives. It is an additive to the powder. It should be workable. I think it just identifies
it as coming from a certain batch though. I would be interested in knowing more if you have a link.
At the very least it would encourage gun owners to store the ammo carefully.
Many states allready have safe storage laws. It hasn't been shown to significantly slow the rate of gun and ammo theft. Most criminals just end up
taking the whole cabinet/safe or cut it open. It is much easier than most people realize to break in to a gun safe.