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Would America be safer if handgun laws were tougher?

Mopvyzo 2012/08/08 23:02:22
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  • Steve 2012/08/08 23:14:03
    Yes
    Steve
    +5
    It seems to me would could come to a compromise that everyone could live with.
    Create a new Federal standard for a license to buy/own/carry guns. In exchange, close the gun show loophole, but otherwise leave current purchasing laws mostly intact.

    To get the Federal license, you'd have to qualify with education, training, and a good background check--similar to standards for becoming a police officer. Once you're licensed, no waiting period, no limits. Like a driver's license, you'd have to periodically re-qualify.

    With this in place, I think there'd be stronger arguments for unlicensed people to face tougher background checks and waiting periods, and limits on numbers of guns, types of guns, high-capacity clips, and ammo.

    I used to be strongly anti-gun. I've come to believe there are plenty of people who can safely own and carry guns, but too many people who simply pose a danger to the rest of us. Separate these groups, and adjust laws for them respectively.

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  • Dave In Cali 2012/08/12 12:27:01
    No
    Dave In Cali
    The laws are already tough enough. One should note that criminals do not obey the law. Those of us who do are simply punished for being nice.
  • Klynn 2012/08/10 00:15:44
    No
    Klynn
    People who want to harm others will find a way to do so.
  • pamela 2012/08/09 18:44:46
    Not that likely
    pamela
    Probably not. It makes no difference if hand gun laws would be tougher or not, because this only does 2 things.
    1. Makes it more difficult for good reliable people to purchase one for their own protection and the families and personal belongings.
    2. Will make it easier for criminals to invade, knowing that some will not have any protection, against their intentions.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/08/09 14:07:08
    No
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    America would NOT be safer... but Criminals would be... and terrorists would be... and any country that wants to try a hostile take-over would be!

    But America would NOT be!
  • Mark 2012/08/09 11:48:24
    Yes
    Mark
    It's a good idea in theory, but wouldnt it be really hard to police?
  • ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★ 2012/08/09 07:07:19
    Yes
    ★~DoctorWhoGuru~★
    I think so
  • knoodelhed 2012/08/09 06:48:16
    No
    knoodelhed
    Look at what's happening in Australia.

    molon labe
  • jenkiez 2012/08/09 05:34:19
    No
    jenkiez
    if you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have them.
  • impiety 2012/08/09 04:09:49
    Maybe
    impiety
    It's a possibility that it'd be a little safer but not likely
  • FUS RO DAH! 2012/08/09 04:07:20
    No
    FUS RO DAH!
    Criminals would still have them
  • bob h. 2012/08/09 03:53:17
    Yes
    bob h.
    +1
    Statistically, way safer. Just the accident and suicides.
  • MYSTIC MYSTIQUE 2012/08/09 03:28:46
    Yes
    MYSTIC MYSTIQUE
    +1
    I think everywhere not just America
  • munda 2012/08/09 03:07:43
    No
    munda
    Let's start with making murder, armed robbery, assault and make it illegal for a criminal to own one... o wait those laws already exist and the people who break those laws don't seem to care.
  • Paul L. Beavens Jr 2012/08/09 03:01:18
    No
    Paul L. Beavens Jr
    +2
    What kind of question is this? Hell No having Guns ,a right given to us in the 2nd amendment , is what has kept us safe for all these years Grant the british got stupid in 1812 and we handed them their limey ass on a platter zand then the friggin japs got stupid in 41 and we should have finished them when we had the chance and Yes The great muslim ass hit us on 911, but eventually That jackass got it! Take away the guns and we have no defense Not even from our corupt government of which Obama is trying to take as we speak
  • 912er 2012/08/09 02:47:10
    Yes
    912er
    Especially if you are a criminal. Knowing that you are the only one armed with a weapon, it will be so much easier to "spread the wealth" from those you are robbing to yourself.
  • S. Gompers 2012/08/09 02:44:11
    No
    S. Gompers
    Criminals by their very nature don't care about laws.
  • FUS RO ... S. Gompers 2012/08/09 04:10:52
    FUS RO DAH!
    +1
    Gun control advocate think criminals care about the laws
  • S. Gompers FUS RO ... 2012/08/09 08:19:55
    S. Gompers
    And they misrepresent statistics.
  • Arizona1950 2012/08/09 02:28:38
  • John Rafael 2012/08/09 02:23:33
    Not that likely
    John Rafael
    +1
    even though its going to be tough that doesnt mean people are going to stop using it because it would be still in presence..
  • D S 2012/08/09 02:16:52
    Not that likely
    D S
    I dont see how it would.
  • OGMGS1 2012/08/09 01:56:55
    Yes
    OGMGS1
    +1
    Handguns are more dangerous than assault rifles, and hangunds don't apply to the second amendment. I would prefer to have a rifle than a handgun anyday. Keep your guns in your homes people! The NRA still has an iron grip on this country so I doubt my plan will ever come into place.
  • FUS RO ... OGMGS1 2012/08/09 04:11:32
    FUS RO DAH!
    How is a handgun more dangerous than an assault rifle?
  • DuncanONeil 2012/08/09 01:47:12
    None of the above
    DuncanONeil
    Hand gun laws ARE tough!
  • kaZappoo 2012/08/09 01:39:01
    No
    kaZappoo
    +1
    GUN control= use both hands the higher caliber your using to kill the prep breaking in your house ..

    as a CCP holder ,, and for all you progressive gun control perps . it's not the gun , !

    the purpose of th 2nd ammend is to protect the american people from a tyranical govt . get the story straight here AUTHOR !

    I've had a CCP and carried for 30 yrs ,,,and have a fully auto AR15A1 ..(permitted )

    so mopeder what ever ,,,or will you ever give these B/S polls a rest /
  • bob h. kaZappoo 2012/08/09 03:01:36
    bob h.
    Numbers don't count. They're made up by dead people. How's this one. Gun death in US 8,775 not counting suicides I don't think, over 11,000 w/ suicides. Afghanistan, 209 Americans. Now tell me. where's the war? Or, if we don't call it a war, do the casualties still count?
  • moomoof 2012/08/09 01:36:53
    Yes
    moomoof
    +1
    Im more worried about automatic rifles ......
  • kaZappoo moomoof 2012/08/09 01:44:14
    kaZappoo
    +2
    there wasnt any fully auto rifles used in either recient shootings ( the theatre semi auto ) the temple hang gun !

    just saying !
  • moomoof kaZappoo 2012/08/09 01:46:37
    moomoof
    yea
  • mich52 2012/08/09 01:27:42
  • bob h. mich52 2012/08/09 03:04:07
    bob h.
    OK; strict dictionary interpretation of the Constitution; everybody over 21 gets a musket.
  • Hopscotch 2012/08/09 01:03:34
    Yes
    Hopscotch
    +2
    Only from the amateur crazy's, "want ta bee's"--the crooks don't make mistakes.

    amateur crazys ta bees--the crooks mistakes
  • V~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/09 00:58:18 (edited)
    No
    V~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    We don't supply much enforcement for the laws we have. Most of the offenders have a lengthy rap sheet.

    Consider the following case: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    Two guys were out on early parole. They invaded a home, raped and killed three women, tried to burn the house down, and were caught at the scene by police.

    People like this don't give a hoot about gun control laws. How concerned should they be? Both murderers were already in jail for other crimes and the system let them go early.

    Preventing crime by using gun control is about as effective as preventing drunk driving by taking away cars from sober people.
  • smilinbobs 2012/08/09 00:56:48
    No
    smilinbobs
    +1
    Gun laws just make is so that law abiding citizens don't have hand guns only the criminals will have them. I don't see how that makes it a safer place. If you want to accomplish that goal you have to punish those who use a gun to commit crimes. Mandatory sentences and death penalties for murder convictions. Law abiding citizens with hand guns are no safety concern at all. Guns are not good or evil they are just tools, evil people are the problem lets deal with them in a serious way and the problems will be few
  • bob h. smilinbobs 2012/08/09 03:07:34
    bob h.
    But the N.E. have the toughest and the lowest death rate. However they fail to have an "Evil Person/Helluva Guy" on the permits. Dreadful oversight.
  • smilinbobs bob h. 2012/08/09 12:32:35
    smilinbobs
    Your data is flawed I live in rural NY it is easy to get a permit to carry a hand gun. In NYC, Rochester. or Buffalo it is much more difficult to get a permit to carry a handgun yet the murder rates are much higher in those areas. Your data doesn't work sir but good try
  • bob h. smilinbobs 2012/08/10 00:54:03
    bob h.
    Nothing wrong with my data.
  • findthelight2000 2012/08/09 00:52:31
    Yes
    findthelight2000
    +2
    Absolutely.
  • DeeB 2012/08/09 00:44:29
  • Glfer65 2012/08/09 00:13:29
    Undecided
    Glfer65
    This is a very tough issue and needs to be addressed. If we look at the Swiss they have some of the toughest laws on guns while 4 million of the population own at least one firearm. Given the stats that 0.52 homicides per 100,000 people is staggering. And they listed 40 gun homicides in the year 2010.

    Now factor they have a population of nearly 7 million people so why is it their laws work? The government has very strict bylaws on how much ammo they can buy and do random home inspections to make sure they comply with it.

    Now this does NOT take away their rights to have guns as so many on the right and the NRA want you to believe but rather balance the scales so that everyone who wants a firearm can be protected.

    Imagine if the places where these massacres happened if at least one person carried a sidearm? There has to be some reasonable thoughts to this rather than the "my right to bear arms to defend the militia." or "take away all the guns and we will have better and safer places."

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