Originally posted by kthxbai
Ya know, the biggest problem IS the individual people who abuse the guns. That goes without saying. But what can be done to address them? Nothing. At
least not in the short term. It's going to take time. What do we do in the meantime?
If you're a parent and you notice that your child likes to poke things in the electrical sockets, what do you do? You put the plastic protectors on
the sockets and teach your child not to do that, not just ignore it after you put the protectors on. But you DO put the protectors on.
If your child likes to play close to the stairs, what do you do? You put up baby gates and you teach the child not to play near the stairs, but you
still put up the baby gates.
If your dog goes to the vet and has a proceedure done, you put a cone on it so it doesn't pull the stitches out. You take care of the incision and let
it heal, but you still put the cone on.
When the baby grows older and learns, you take the coverings and the baby gates away. When the dog heals, you remove the cone.
Right now we have a bunch of babies and neutered dogs running around and the guns need to be kept out of their hands because they don't have enough
sense on their own to use them right. They need to be restricted right now because the people don't know how to use them correctly.
Yeah, it stinks, we go to plug something in and have to mess with the little plastic protector. We want to go downstairs, but we have to mess with the
baby gate. We want to pet our dog but we have to work around the cone. Guess what, we have to do it or risk losing what's much more important.
I like my guns, I enjoy shooting them, I like the peace of mind of having them around for protection, I enjoy hunting, but at the same time, there are
some people out there that aren't responsible with them and damage is caused and lives are lost. We need restrictions on them as well as education.
People need to learn the value and the responsibility involved. Until they do, we have to make considerations to protect everyone else.
It comes down to one question. Which is more important, having any gun you want any time you want it or a human life? If you feel the gun is more
important than a human life, then you are part of the problem.
I'll take a stab at this one....
Actually, I agree with you....BUT...In response to paragraph:
2) You DO NOT go around and put plastic protectors in every outlet of every other home, who doesn't have kids who have access to outlets and pokey
things. Some parents choose to isolate the child from the dangers, rather than leave them in proximity, with an easily defeatable barrier, between
3) This one, I actually like. But baby gates won't foil the insane and the criminals. Think about 8 feet taller, times 2...with razor wire...And a few
armed guards for good measure.
4) Again, not a bad idea. Temporary restrictions on those who temporarily, should not have access to firearms, is a good idea. AND, is one that is
already in place. Judges ALL across this country, make it a point to inquire about firearms, when an arraignee has been charged with a crime that
would preclude gun ownership. Making this mandatory, would not be a bad idea.
5) As for your next statement. I do not recall with the exception of prohibition, the Federal Govt. ever returning a priveledge, let alone a right
that had been stripped, without the SCOTUS getting involved. And, personally, I don't trust them with my rights, at all!
6) The people, are just fine with using their guns correctly. Unless you are OK with allowing a handful of members of a group, to define the entire
body...Which some might call, bigotry, or racism? Or some other term, that defines a very short sighted view of others.
7) Yes. Defenses against the wrong people getting guns, is important. But, there are already many, MANY defenses in place. The problem is, you can
write laws until your hand falls off, the bad guys DON'T CARE!
But now, the law-abiders, the ones that must deal with these restrictions, have been so hampered with laws that dont work, that they are suffering
immensely for it! And, possibly even a few are losing their own lives, because the restrictions kept, or prolonged THEM from securing the means to
protect themselves. And, more innocents will die. Is this acceptable?
8 & 9) Restrictions, that do not continually affect the law-abiding are fine, and necessary! But make it a one time, thorough process and allow those
who pass, unlimited access to what they want or need. If, at a later date, they are determined to no longer meet the requirements, then look at
measures to restrict them. But, you and I both know that "sensible" is not how the govt. does things. They prefer knee-jerk, and always give more
credence to how much money they can make off of it, than how effective or responsible it will be...
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