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  •  You are right about one thing: Trust (1+ / 0-)
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    Pandoras Box

    Should I decide to be a responsible gun owner and learn to shoot straight, I would definitely trust ME.

    However, I do not and would NOT trust any 18 year old who decides to walk through a mall sporting a military grade firearm. I would NOT trust my teenage daughter to date a guy who kept a concealed firearm in his car. I would NOT trust a guy with road rage to keep any kind of firearm in his car during his morning commute.

    ALL THAT BEING said...

    There have been over 1,400 gun-related accidents since Newtown and sales of the exact gun used in that massacre have skyrocketed. All in an era of ever-decreasing violent crime, gun violence/accidents are going up.

    You ask me to trust. I ask you to SEE.

    The problem is that guns are being marketed as a cure-all and a way to make people feel like they are in control when everything else around them (the economy, the politics) is going to hell in a hand basket. You are being played.

    Violent crime is down to 1940 levels these days. Gun ownership is WAAAY up since my school girl days (1960s) for no discernible reason except they are buying into marketing. And I do not trust that. I do not trust that those who would exploit the second amendment to make huge sums of money have our country's best interest at heart.

    Sane people have breaking points. They have accidents. They have moments of not thinking clearly. They become enamored of inanimate objects that give them a sense of control and power. And then they lose it when their child or their friend is the victim of a "who could have known?" accident with a gun.

    This is not counting the crazies who go ballistic on children.

    No one wants to take away your guns. We want guns regulated. There are quantifiable benefits to doing so, not just in lives, but also in respect and reluctance to draw. Without regulation (a word IN the second amendment) the disrespect for the power of firearms will only intensify...leading to more tragedy.

    Give me regulations that even my parents (who owned guns) could easily live with and I will learn to trust again.

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