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The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings caused several states and cities to pass strict gun control measures. In response, state lawmakers in gun friendly states in the South and West passed bills that would strengthen Stand Your Ground laws and allow weapons in most public places. In 2014, 21 states passed laws that expanded the rights of gun owners allowing them to possess firearms in churches, bars, schools and college campuses. The federal government has not passed any gun control measures since the 1994 Brady Bill and 42 states now allow the possession of assault rifles. In the U.S. two-thirds of all gun deaths are suicides and in 2010 there were 19,000 firearm suicides and 11,000 firearm suicides. See recent gun control news
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Require all able bodied citizens to own and train with weapons for self-defense. 1yr ago from a Republican in Ellicott City, MD.
NO, increase prosecution and penalties for crimes committed by the bad guys and not the people who use guns to protect themselves and their families (or other innocent people) from the bad guys. All STATES should have stand your ground and castle doctrine laws and the federal government should stay out of it all together. According to the Constitution, the federal government is involved in the control of many things that are really state issues and come under states rights. 9mons ago from a Republican in Cape Coral, FL.
I do not support increased gun control. We have plenty of laws now that guide how our lives should be lead in our society. It is a problem that a very few individuals decided not to follow our existing laws and did bad things. It is not the gun that is the problem but the individual that caused the problem. Freedom has a very dear cost sometimes. So do we restrict the freedoms of the rest of America because of the acts of a few? Look at our war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terrorism have any of those been effective and at what cost? These individuals disregard laws so why do you think new gun laws would have any effect on their actions? how about new laws for the cars they drove to the crime scenes, the diners that fed them that morning; Laws keep honest people honest. Things can change with time; one day they snap because of ....... Do we let terrorists change the way we live?. 9mons ago from a Republican in Denver, CO.
Cars kill more people AND can kill more people maliciously than guns. We make you get a license to get a car. Put some educational requirements and educate EVERY american on guns to take the "video game" nature out of the deadly tool. Be a parent, don't make the government do your job, lazy ass. 9mons ago from a Republican in Richardson, TX.
No, I support decreased gun control. 11mons ago from a Republican in San Ramon, CA.
No, ball and powder muskets should be unregulated, but all other firearms should require well-regulated militia membership like the 2nd Amendment states. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.
No, and remove all federal gun control legislation. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Shafter, CA.
No, the laws that are in place are fine. Strengthening and enforcing the penalties are what is needed. 11mons ago from a Libertarian in Lakeland, FL.
Yes, every gun owner should be able to control their gun. 10mons ago from a Republican in Ponte Vedra, FL.
Amendment X of the Bill or Rights is controlling: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Gun control is a states' rights issue, as per Amendment II: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". 10mons ago from a Republican in Preston, ID.
Yes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training and most of all, federally outlaw private direct gun sales. 9mons ago from a Green in El Sobrante, CA.
No, but existing controls need to be enforced and databases used for existing background checks need to be standardized and made universally available to those required to conduct background checks. Mental health issues need to be included but with a rigorous system to ensure people aren't permanently stuck on it, i.e. annual or bi-annual reviews of all data entries. 9mons ago from a Republican in Alexandria, VA.
Guns like cars and sex can be both fun and dangerous, so I'm in favor of shooting sports--like those in Olympics--in high schools. Also, 'sensible' legislation that doesn't unduly restirct ownership by people who are certifiably not crazy. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.
Psychological testing should be mandatory for the purchase of assault rifles. Purchasing numerous assault rifles should be severely restricted with exceptions limited to those individuals who have proven that they are a legitimate weapons collector/dealer-or have a valid reason for non-consecutive bulk purchases (i.e. a gift to an organization). Licensing/permits for collectors and hunters should be mandatory. Bulk purchases of bullets and/or other guns should automatically warrant investigation. A national database should be instituted in order for PUBLIC WEAPONS DEALERS (not the federal government, state governments, or local police) to communicate with one another and recognize suspicious excessive purchase of ammunition and weaponry-similar to the database which already exists in Pharmacies to regulate controlled substances. The public weapon dealers are allowed the exclusive right to monitor purchases but consequently would be liable for abuses and neglect. Private weapons dealers should register with the state, and be monitored by the state, in accordance with that state's laws. The federal government should not be allowed to interfere with private weapons dealers who are acting in accordance with their state government. Gun conventions which bypass state and federal restrictions should be illegal (along with all the other conventions which bypass state and federal restrictions i.e. reptile conventions). 9mons ago from a Green in Swarthmore, PA.
Stiffer laws on parents that can't keep their guns locked up & can't control their children!. 9mons ago from a Republican in Big Sandy, TX.
No only for assault and combat weapons and prohibit for felons. I'm in favor of background checks for all sales. If history of prior gun violence other than self defense or weapons trafficking, ownership rights are forfeited. I do think that all guns sold should be registered in a federal database with access only by law enforcement. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Daly City, CA.
Yes, but ban guns that serve no purpose in the public such as fully and most semi-automatic machine guns and assault rifles. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Stillwater, ME.
Yes, but require all gun owner to have insurance, training, back ground checks, re-instate ban on assault rifles, only federal authorized dealers allowed at gun shows, and regulate gun peripherals (i.e. no 600 drum magazines, 50 magazines, etc.). 9mons ago from a Democrat in Marysville, WA.
No, only for individuals with mental health issues and convicted felons, and require mandatory training for all citizens. Every able bodied citizen should be required to be trained in handling arms and have a gun in their home in order to come to the defense of their country, like Switzerland requires. 9mons ago from a Libertarian in Potwin, KS.
No, the idea of "gun control" and producing a "gun ban" will only lead to more chaos. The government talks about how gun control will help america, but it won't. if you take a citizens gun, who has not done a single thing wrong in his life, what's to say that someone with a criminal record keeps their gun because you couldn't take it from him, and he goes out and robs the innocent man, if a weapon is displayed, anyone with a liscence to own a gun has the right to shoot and defend him/her self. This is something that should never go away, instead when someone gets a gun, they should have to do a finger print scan, and a FULL background check, to make sure they aren't a criminal. 9mons ago from a Republican in Friendswood, TX.
Only for hunting but that's it well also for police that will use it right and not just for their sack of saying that they have a gun we better listen to them or they're going to use it people need to choose wisely for those that they are going to elect to get a gun I'm a against ANIMAL ABUSE and i see cops abusing they all the time. 9mons ago from a Democrat in York, PA.
I don't think hunting rifles should be banned for those who actually use them for food for their families but don't see the need for hand guns or heavy automatic weapons. Law Enforcement should have the best weapons, fastest cars and every means available to them to keep criminals at bay. 9mons ago from a Green in Jacksonville, FL.
Manypeople misinterpet the 2nd admendment. Everyone having a gun because there was no army. Everyone in early America knew how to use and when to use a gun. There is a lot of hate and anger now. 9mons ago from a Republican in Gettysburg, PA.
Nobody should be able to buy a gun without a criminal and psychological background check. The laws should be changed such that anyone convicted of committing a felony with a gun should receive the death penalty...on insanity waivers. Given the preceding, let anyone have as many and different types of weapons as they want. The 2nd amendment was enacted so that US citizens could protect themselves from a government gone bad. This was evident to the founders of the Constitution when the British wanted the rebels at Lexington and Concord to turn over their weapons. When they wouldn't; the shooting started. Citizenry without weapons are an easy prey for tyranny. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Marietta, GA.
I feel sorry for innocent victims of violence in the use of firearms. The second amendment must be preserver and with over 22000 gun laws its obvious the abuse of firearms is due to factors other than the firearm. Societal frustrations in in varied forms has been at the root of these heinous acts of violence and its time to examine why these frustrations exist. 9mons ago from a Democrat in North Little Rock, AR.
No, only for mental health issues and convicted felones, increase penalties for all violent crimes (more people were killed in a years from either baseball bats or hammers than legal guns), require training, and implement "stand your ground" laws across the nation. Require training in the use of hand guns, rifles shotguns, and other select leatal weapons by all mentally competant and non-felon adults, male and female. Encourage gun ownership by all responsible and trained adults. 9mons ago from a Republican in Grafton, WI.
Yes but they should have a psychological check up every year. 9mons ago from a Democrat in Van Wert, OH.
Reenact ban on assault weapons and prevent gun licenses going to convictede felons and individuals with mental disorders. Establish mandatory sentences for all individuals convicted of a crime committed with a gun of at leat 20 years. 9mons ago from a Republican in Lake Zurich, IL.
What part of "The right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL not be infringed" do you not understand? And if you are in the commission of a crime neither you nor associates, next of kin ETC shall not be allowed to sue at all when ever an assaulted individual is in an area they have a right to be in . 9mons ago from a Republican in Lakemore, OH.
No, abolish all gun control laws. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Fuquay Varina, NC.
I support back groound checks on all gun purchases. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Oldsmar, FL.
Ban high capacity mass killing tools, hold all gun users and owners to strict harsh penalties for mis-use. Ban the publicity of mass killers, no infamy just whats needed for just legal due process. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Tucson, AZ.
Yes, but only after a simple straight forward system is put in place where additional burden is not placed on medical professionals or other highly skilled individuals who should not be responsible for personal gun use. 10mons ago from a Democrat in El Segundo, CA.
There should be no restriction on the private ownership of personal weapons. The right to self defense and to form militias is Unalienable according to the Second Ammendment. 10mons ago from a Green in Northampton, MA.
Yes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training; forbig guns to individuals with mental health issues and convicted felons I hate guns. I hate how life imitates Hollywood movies, and I hate how, in order to be a fiscal conservative it seems that I am expected to support the NRA. My dad was a cop but I don't think one needs to own guns unless - - hunting. I hate that too, but men do it. But you have to address the irony that the worst of these mass murders do happen in states where gun control is the strictest. Which is the proof that it is not done correctly. 10mons ago from a Republican in Jersey City, NJ.
Neither more or less guns will decrease violent crime, we must address root causes. 10mons ago from a Green in Springfield, IL.
Yes. But also require strict background checks, psychological testing and training and increase penalties for gun~related crimes. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Venango, PA.
No, but there should be better testing so that mentally unstable puerile cannot get guns. And the government should make a "stand your ground" law party of the constitution. 10mons ago from a Republican in Mastic Beach, NY.
Yes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training. But do not ban assault weapons, and concealed carry. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Silver Spring, MD.
All gun purchases should require a background check. Cut any "sneak arounds" like when purchasing at a gun show. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Henrietta, NY.
The U.S. should have zones where crime is high or populations are high. We must have no gun zones like England.We also need mandatory military training all serve in some form of service. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Knoxville, IA.
Follow the bill of rights. Fundamentally something wrong with our culture that there is so much violence; Australia a penal colony once is much safer. 10mons ago from a Republican in Greenville, OH.
Every citizen (man woman or other) with no mental health afflictions and able bodied for conscription or duty in a organized militia be issued a sidearm after an identification card. And student firearm safety class is taken and passed. Those who do not wish to own operate or carry with pay an annual tax. 10mons ago from a Republican in Hanford, CA.
People with mental problems should NOT be allowed to own a gun,and at best,only something as big as a Glock should be possible to own. 10mons ago from a Green in Fairport, NY.
No, but assault weapons and convicted criminals, past offenders. Government should not restrict gun ownership of law abiding citizens. 10mons ago from a Republican in Florissant, MO.
Require strict background checks, psych testing, training, and make sure existing, known technology is more commonly used for cheaper used to keep a stolen gun from firing in the event crooks get their hands on it..otherwise, conventional guns exist to give good citizens AND well meaning police the chance to fire back at criminals. 10mons ago from a Green in Chevy Chase, DC.
No, only for individuals with mental health issues and convicted violent felons. I think they should make more laws federally recognized & I think Obama needs to go back to Kenya,,let him reform & MUSLIM INFEST THAT COUNTRY & SEE HOW LONG THEY PUT UP WITH IT!. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Duncan, OK.
Yes, and repeal the 2nd amendment. 10mons ago from a Green in Richmond, TX.
Yes, if it means that hitting your target is gun control. Otherwise, people should not be prevented from owning common military weapons of the day, as the Supreme Court stated in U.S. v. Miller, an early 1900's case. The U.S. Constitution's intent was to have the militia, which means all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 40, to hold more military power than the federal government. As Thomas Jefferson stated, "When the government fears the people, there is liberty; but when people fear the government, there is tyranny." Today we live under tyranny that has gradually grown, just like boiling a frog, and accurate history is not taught in government indoctrination centers known as public schools. 10mons ago from a Republican in Meridian, ID.
Yes, require stricter background checks, psychological testing, training, and "gun responsibility" insurance to protect against accidents. 10mons ago from a Libertarian in Austin, TX.