See on one hand I believe in the constitution and the bill of rights. I do I really do. On the other hand guns personally make me uncomfortable... But that just means I don't want to personally own one. At least it used to.
I think there are some obvious things that need to be addressed before discussing banning any type of firearm.(which I will get to)
Like the banning of bump stocks and extended magazines. A radical improvement in education about guns to our children. Major improvement to our mental health system. More empathy for our poor and despondent population( a person who feels receiving assistance is persecuted by their peers may neglect their needs to save their ego which could breed desperation.) More in depth background check requirements and longer waiting periods. Better security for our schools. The "can't we all just get along" discussion. And I would suggest a casing and shell exchange program that limits the amount of ammunition one can possess at a time. Once used you'd have to exchange the casings/empty shells for more ammo. Liscencing. Need one to hunt,fish,cut hair and drive.... Need one to buy a gun.
Of course none of these will fully solve the problem, and neither will banning certain types of weapons or guns altogether. but it might help... At least a little bit. Better than turning our heads twiddling our thumbs and hoping the problem just goes away on its own while people needlessly die.
As far as banning any specific types of weapons. I personally don't understand what the average person needs with an assault weapon. Hunting rifles, handguns, shotguns ok. But an AR-15 wasn't made for target practice or fun. It was designed with the intent to kill many enemies in quick succession in situations of intense and unpredictable conflict/combat conditions. They weren't made to kill quail, they weren't made to shoot clay targets, they weren't made so you can teach your teenage kid how to shoot.
Now I know some gun enthusiast is gonna try and break down my argument. Honestly I have heard each and every point youll likely make. Most of which I find lackadaisical, lacking empathy and humility, and generally ill conceived and not really worthy of mention..... Save for one. When you recite the second amendment.
But even that has a flaw. Sure we have the right to arm ourselves so that in the event our government or another makes the attempt to oppress us we can defend ourselves. What you fail to realize is that if a government does so choose to oppress us, its going to. Sure hold on to your AR-15. The government has way more than you, as well as an arsenal of so many other weapons that dwarf that AR-15 and way more manpower to overwhelm you. T h ey have you beat. And if they even think you might have a chance to defeat them. They can just nuke your sorry ass.
So stop acting like children who are getting their toys taken away. Part of being an adult is realizing sometimes you gotta sacrifice the things you want for the better of those around you. And sacrificing innocent lives for the sake of how you spend your leisure time is pretty fucking selfish.
Edited by HordeLorde, 09 March 2018 - 11:58 PM.