I’ve been the anon TRYING to have a conversation with you about guns, but am unable to do so from this blog since it’s secondary and I’d rather use this one to argue guns.
Before I begin, let me just say that if you are trying to make effective, intelligent arguments, you are failing miserably. Throwing around insults and generalizations is hardly the way to get people to listen to you. Emotion has no place in this debate, it only clouds judgement. Take a deep breath.
First, if you want to lower gun crime, you expand the rights of citizens to be armed in public. That means allowing concealed carry in all 50 states without exception. That also means the banning of gun free zones, because you never see these fucks attack police stations or gun conventions, they go to schools and malls where law abiding people are told they can’t have their guns. And I don’t know where you get your information, because you can’t just stroll up to the corner gun shop and walk out with a gun like you’re buying milk. You MUST submit to a background check. If you fail, you are supposed to be prosecuted because the law assumes you knew you were not eligible to own a gun. THAT is what I mean by enforcing existing laws.
Second, I don’t know where you got the notion that I think you want to ban all guns. As a general rule I think people realize thats a fantasy so I wouldn’t assume that about you. As such, I never insinuated that about you.
Third, this “gun show loophole” is a misnomer peddled by the media to scare the uninformed into thinking you can just buy a gun any ole’ time with no checks. I would expect more from you, buying into it. Every vendor at any gun show is a licensed FFL and is therefore required to do background checks, unless it is a person selling from their private collection, which is wholly insignificant when you look at the amount of tables at any given gun show.
Lastly, regarding the “assault rifle” ask you’ve just responded to, I would expect more out of an infantryman. The AR-15 as you well know is a semi-automatic firing an intermediate round meant to injure, not kill, so as to take more than just the person on the receiving end out of the fight. Yes, it is the civilian version of a select fire rifle, but it is not select fire, and making it so will have the ATF so far up your ass you’ll taste the blood of the dogs they’ve killed on their boots.
All that being said, even some of the parents of Newtown children have said these proposed laws would not have saved their children. Arm teachers with concealed handguns, allow people to bring their handguns into restaurants and malls and movie theatres with them, and you will see these things stop, because these people don’t want resistance. They want easy targets and their names all over the news for years to come. Stop the glorifying of mass murderers, you stop the mass murders (for the most part, not as an end-all).
I hope that you can start to see reason, because it seems to me that you’re letting your anger argue for you, and nothing ever gets done that way.