Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Question for Conservatives

What, if any, compromise do you think Republicans in Congress should make on gun control issues?

8 comments:

  1. Restrict magazines to 10 bullets, and close the gun show loophole. But no compromise on the 2nd amendment guarantee of the right to own handguns for home protection.

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    1. No offense, but you're obviously not a shooter. Most full sized 9mm and .40 handguns come with standard magazines larger than 10 rounds.

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  2. I'm not a conservative, but I do think we should retain the right to privately own firearms, so: Require every transfer of ownership of a firearm to either be reported to the federal government or to be kept track of in private records, so that when guns used in the commission of a crime are discovered they can be traced back to their straw purchasers and corrupt dealers (this accounts for most guns used in crimes in the US as well as most guns exported from the US to be used in crimes in other countries). Then make it so that anyone who can be shown in a court of law to have negligently or willfully and illegally transferred a firearm to a criminal can be charged for the crime at the same level as the committing criminal.

    Responsible gun owners will be completely unaffected by such laws while the number of guns available to criminals will dive drastically.

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    1. Anon, looked it up for you -- dealers are required to keep records for 20 years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form_4473

      This may interest you as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Instant_Criminal_Background_Check_System

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    2. How the gov't traces firearms (140,000 reports per year), which includes those used in a crime:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Tracing_Center

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  3. The national conversation has convinced me that new gun control is less about reducing crime than it is about setting the stage for more gun control in the future. It’s hard to think about compromise when it seems like any concession will just lead to more demands in the future.

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  4. Outlaw Weapons of War: The AR Assault Rifes. If, the Big White Hunters can't kill Bambi with a couple of shots; he is a danger to other hunters. Home Defense? Try a double-barrel 12 or 20g; or, your favorite handgun. Nation is done playing cops and robbers; and Cowboys of the Old West. Too many innocents getting killed.

    Outlaw the violent, "shoot'm up," (or down) Video Games. Stop Glorifying Killing and Murdering of others.

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    1. Problems I see with that:

      1) The second amendment seems to define “arms” as that which would be used by a “militia.”

      2) People use “assault rifles” to defend their homes for many of the same reasons that police use them as part of their jobs (police call them “patrol rifles”). Handguns are inaccurate and take quite a bit of practice to achieve even that level of inaccuracy. AR-15’s are used because they have greater accuracy, which reduces liability to police departments. Shotguns are difficult to operate, particularly with the recoil, even for some police officers. The AR-15 has comparatively little recoil, which is why it's often favored by smaller-framed people when compared with the alternatives.

      Also, the .223 round fired by most AR-15’s is less likely to pass through walls and hurt innocent people when compared with shotgun and pistol ammunition (it fires a very fast but very light round, which means it tends to break apart when it hits drywall). This is another reason why police choose the AR-15 when serving no-knock warrants, for the safety of all involved.

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