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Gun Control in the US
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:50:17 am »
I'd love to hear the opinions of other people on gun control/gun bans in the US, as that's a hot topic right now.

Personally, I feel that weapons like pistols, shotguns, rifles, etc. are fine as they are, but weapons that can be more powerful, exotic weapons, weapon platforms (AR-15), etc. should require extra training (along the lines of conceal carry training and certification) to be owned (unless modified to be inoperable, like a prop or smth). And, of course, you'd need the training to buy the ammo too (something like presenting the certificate of training when you go to buy it).
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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 04:34:56 pm »
I don’t understand why everyone’s focusing on AR‐15s when the vast, vast majority of gun deaths, including homicides, are from handguns.

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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 07:44:58 pm »
The NRA started coming out in support of gun control when the Black Panther began equipping African Americans with guns.

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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2018, 12:31:49 am »
They also allow people to create abusive situations, but y'know


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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 04:13:25 am »
So do knives. Apparently in London the government tells you there’s never a reason to carry a knife. Sounds like they have small imaginations if they can’t think of a legitimate reason to carry a knife. I honestly thought this was a joke tweet at first:



Now acid attacks are on the rise. Starting to think that banning every potentially dangerous item in common use may not be the solution here.

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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 03:43:51 pm »
Starting to think that banning every potentially dangerous item in common use may not be the solution here.

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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2018, 10:44:47 pm »
I think it's worth it to at least ban assault weapons, like the aforementioned AR-15. Yes, the large majority of homicides take place with handguns and in 1-to-1 scenarios, but it's much easier to kill a multitude of people (look at the shooting in Vegas, for example) with an assault weapon than it is with a handgun.

Interested to hear other thoughts. In my opinion there's no real reason that a normal civilian should ever own an assault weapon -- handguns and smaller weapons can definitely be justified and are totally fine to have (self-defense, etc) since they don't have the killing capacity that other, larger weapons have. If that wasn't clear, you can kill more people more quickly with an assault weapon than with anything else.
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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 09:17:19 pm »
It's not guns fault, it's the media imo. You can't run a story about a school shooting 24/7, state the school weaknesses that caused it, exactly how it was done, and why, and not expect kids in a similar situation to not think its a good idea. That's why so many happen imo, banning guns will never happen as it's a clear as day violation of the 2nd amendment
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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2018, 02:08:07 pm »
I think it's worth it to at least ban assault weapons, like the aforementioned AR-15.
There’s no significant difference in lethality between the AR‐15 and any other semiautomatic rifle. So I assume you want to ban semiautomatic rifles in general. Or do you have some characteristic of the AR‐15 in mind that makes it more dangerous than, say a Sub‐2000 or an SKS?

There’s a reasonable explanation the AR‐15 is used so often in mass shootings: it’s a high‐quality gun, and the most popular and widely sold rifle in the United States.

Yes, the large majority of homicides take place with handguns and in 1-to-1 scenarios, but it's much easier to kill a multitude of people (look at the shooting in Vegas, for example) with an assault weapon than it is with a handgun.
Virginia Tech, the deadliest school shooting in US history, was perpetrated solely with handguns.

In my opinion there's no real reason that a normal civilian should ever own an assault weapon
Handguns are useless for hunting. And personally I would much prefer a rifle to any handgun for home defense.

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Re: Gun Control in the US
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2018, 12:34:26 am »
Britain's just weird I think. But no, the solution is not to ban everything, although if you sent literally everyone to jail that would curb gun violence. You just wouldn't have happy citizens.

On the other hand, "people get stabbed in Britain" doesn't seem like a good reason to me to allow guns.

Perhaps there's just that much of a cultural difference here. Americans see the default position as allowing guns, and so they need convincing why someone would ban guns. Non-Americans (generally) see the default position as banning guns, and so would need convincing why guns should be legalized all of a sudden.


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