Originally posted by Hopechest
There has always been a segment of the people wanting to ban guns, how is today any different?
I would actually say its getting better since the Supreme Court has issued a number of key rulings protecting the right to own guns that didn't exist before.
Here is a list of gun control legislation, and anti-gun control legislation to show that today is no different than past gun-grab attempts.
The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment -- "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." gains final ratification.
Georgia passes a law banning handguns. The law is ruled unconstitutional and thrown out.
In a reaction to emancipation, several southern states adopt "black codes" which, among other things, forbid black persons from possessing firearms.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is organized around its primary goal of improving American civilians' marksmanship in preparation for war.
Congress passes a law banning the mailing of concealable weapons.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 regulating only fully automatic firearms like sub-machine guns is approved by Congress.
The Federal Firearms Act of 1938 places the first limitations on selling ordinary firearms. Persons selling guns are required to obtain a Federal Firearms License, at an annual cost of $1, and to maintain records of the name and address of persons to whom firearms are sold. Gun sales to persons convicted of violent felonies were prohibited.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 - "...was enacted for the purpose of keeping firearms out of the hands of those not legally entitled to possess them because of age, criminal background, or incompetence." -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms The Act regulates imported guns, expands the gun-dealer licensing and record keeping requirements, and places specific limitations on the sale of handguns. The list of persons banned from buying guns is expanded to include persons convicted of any non-business related felony, persons found to be mentally incompetent, and users of illegal drugs.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is created listing as part of its mission the control of illegal use and sale of firearms and the enforcement of Federal firearms laws. ATF issues firearms licenses and conducts firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections.
The District of Columbia enacts an anti-handgun law which also requires registration of all rifles and shotguns within the District of Columbia.
The Armed Career Criminal Act (Public Law 99-570) increases penalties for possession of firearms by persons not qualified to own them under the Gun Control Act of 1986.
The Firearms Owners Protection Act (Public Law 99-308) relaxes some restrictions on gun and ammunition sales and establishes mandatory penalties for use of firearms during the commission of a crime.
The Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act (Public Law 99-408) bans possession of "cop killer" bullets capable of penetrating bulletproof clothing.
California bans the possession of semiautomatic assault weapons following the massacre of five children on a Stockton, CA school playground.
The Crime Control Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-647) bans manufacturing and importing semiautomatic assault weapons in the U.S. "Gun-free school zones" are established carrying specific penalties for violations.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Public Law 103-159) imposes a five-day waiting period on the purchase of a handgun and requires that local law enforcement agencies conduct background checks on purchasers of handguns. (ATF's Brady Law web site.)
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-322) bans all sale, manufacture, importation, or possession of a number of specific types of assault weapons.
The Supreme Court, in the case of Printz v. United States, declares the background check requirement of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act unconstitutional.
The Florida Supreme Court upholds a jury's $11.5 million verdict against Kmart for selling a gun to and intoxicated man who used the gun to shoot his estranged girlfriend.
Major American gun manufacturers voluntarily agree to include child safety trigger devices on all new handguns.
Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
The true issue is the liberal bloodlust that only hides behind a thin veneer of human compassion. Secretly, every liberal thirsts for the opportunity to wield power over their fellow man. At the core of every liberal issue is the desire to implement a government that forces others to their will.
Liberals, while often better educated (education does not mean smart), lack the physical prowess of the conservative. Think of the liberal males you personally know: thin, effeminate, and pandering to be accepted.
This is the center of the liberal pro-crime argument: first, they want others to live in their world of fear and second, despise the idea of anybody having the ability to resist their quest for power.
Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
reply to post by pjfry
More distraction, interruption, and deflection by a liberal.
The liberal fails to recognize that when a gangbanger gets gunned down, by the police or by another gang, society is not poorer for it. Nor does the liberal realize their ideology is responsible for the rise of urban gangs when they got on their knees in gleeful worship of LBJ's "Great Society" and its urban islands called "projects". Coupled with the liberal celebration of diversity, rather than demand contributions to American cultural output, turn their urban islands into disenfranchised ethnic enclaves.
The liberal points at guns and shrieks at all the murder and mayhem caused by them, but never asks the question about why those who participate in a culture of violence opt to do so to begin with. Honest answers, and the orgins of the rot, point firmly to the liberals ideological forebearers.