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  •  I can't answer for CwV, but for me ans is NO, I (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, Beetwasher

    know that there are a majority of gun owners that are truly responsible and that accept the accountability that comes with the right/power of owning a firearm.

    When I grew up in the 60s we did not have anywhere near one gun for every person in our Country.  In addition, the guns were not able to fire dozens of rounds in a couple of seconds (semi-automatics were rare as most were rifles for hunting or revolvers).  Most importantly, gun owners were really proud of their safety training and insisted that safety rules we more important than the firearms themselves (I know as I was taught to shoot in the 1960s by several kind gun owners), these days it seems like some gun owners are just as proud of their ignorance on gun safety as Republicans are of their ignorance on so many issues.

    I fully support the Second Amendment and individual right to own firearms.  That is in no way inconsistent with sensible regulations like full criminal background checks (on every sale/transfer), licensing and registration (clearly registering existing firearms is just about impossible, but we can start registering all new ones or ones that change hands).

    Everybody's rights are equally important, but when the (real or perceived) Second Amendment rights result in having one American shot every 5 minutes we have a pandemic that must be addressed, and nothing in the Second Amendment precludes those regulations I suggest above.

    I know that the great majority (I am sure well over 90%, even though I have no data to support it) of gun owners are indeed responsible, but when you have 80-100 million gun owners, it takes a very small percentage (like 1 or 2 percent) to create an environment where millions of people are put in extreme danger.  Sadly we cannot legislate stupidity, so we have to have equal regulations for all - just like speed limits or drunk driving laws clearly are not needed for a great majority of drivers, but we all put up with it as it makes everybody safer.  This is why I mock "responsible" gun owners using quotation marks - people that leave a loaded gun on a table in a house with young children, people that give/sell guns to felons, people that act as vigilantes, people that don't secure their guns so that mentally ill or criminals can get their hands on them, or people that just do plainly stupid things with them.

    I will end by saying that I am against any total ban or confiscation, not that those could happen in the rest of my lifetime, as these would be even worse. Prohibition is not the answer, national sensible regulations are.

    Final answer: I will defend your right to owning firearm(s) for hunting (or self-defense or as a collector), every single day - as long as you are responsible and accountable for any damage/injury caused by your firearm(s) to others.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 04:28:52 AM PDT

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