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Learn more about Gun Control
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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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?. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Republican in Richardson, TX.
No, I support decreased Gun Control. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.
No, and remove all federal Gun Control legislation. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Lakeland, FL.
Yes, every gun owner should be able to control their gun. 2yr 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.". 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Green in El Sobrante, CA.
Yes, because as the 2nd amendment states, guns are for a well regulated militia ready to take up arms against a threat to the country. Most people do not meet this qualifications, and we already have this in the form of police and the army. 3mon ago from a Green in DeForest, WI.
How many more Sandy Hooks do we need before we ban all guns. No one needs to hunt--grocery stores have enough for everyone. People should be forced to cities form the rural areas where the animals should be allowed to live unmolested. Federal game officers can manage dangerous animals that wander into the city. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Erie, PA.
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. 2yr ago from a Republican in Alexandria, VA.
What gives someone the right to control what another holds? who has a right to say do not touch that plant, rock, metal, chemical, on their own land. but in public areas this is reasonable. transportation between places should be as free as possible so long as no crimes using the guns are committed. 2mon ago from a Libertarian in New York, NY.
I'd like to shoot the person in the leg who included this question. I think the government should actually intervene on this one. Normally I don't want the government to assist but this time? Yes. The government should GIVE every american a hand gun and a rifle upon their 21st birthday as long as the person is willing to take gun safety classes and demonstrates no past history of mental illness. Free guns for all americans. 3mon ago from a Libertarian in Galesburg, MI.
Yes, but the problem needs to be attacked from multiple angles, including reducing poverty and increasing social programs to reduce and prevent gang violence. 3mon ago from a Green in Little Rock, AR.
No, and eliminate all laws, federal, state and municipal restricting the ownership and carrying of weapons. Any convictions resulting from non-violent and non-negligent gun association should be vacated, and any public official advocating for Gun Control should be censured, and eligible for impeachment for infringing on the constitutional rights of their constituents. There is absolutely no legitimate or honest interest in government regulation or restriction of the right for citizens to defend themselves, their families, and their property by any means that they wish. 3mon ago from a Libertarian in Oxford, MS.
No, and repeal the National Firearms Act of 1934, the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, the Gun Control Act of 1968 and any other acts; the country did just fine following the Constitution prior to those Acts and they have caused more problems than they have solved. 3mon ago from a Libertarian in West End-Cobb Town, AL.
End poverty and american paranoia, racism and homophobia, guns would not be such a big deal. 3mon ago from a Green in Quentin, PA.
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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.
Increased Gun Control for assault weapons and regulations on people with mental health issues and convicted felons. 2mon ago from a Green in Aurora, IL.
No, we need to have more "Gun Control" restrictions on the manufacturers of guns. 2mon ago from a Green in Escondido, CA.
Gun Control is simple: keep them out of the hands of convicted felons and the mentally ill. Banning guns from public use entirely puts them in the hands of the government, which is a dangerous and frightening situation. The mentally ill should not be allowed to possess a gun, no matter how much progress they have made through therapy and/or medication, due to the potential of relapse. Convicted felons should not allowed guns for obvious reasons, as they could potentially commit more crimes. "Stand Your Ground" laws, in principle, are good, but can be used for the wrong purpose. 2mon ago from a Libertarian in Xenia, OH.
Felons with a violent history should not be able to own guns, however, guns should be allowed in stores, schools, etc. for safety purposes. 2mon ago from a Republican in Golden Grove, SC.
No, the right to bare arms is the second amendment. 2mon ago from a Constitution in Aurora, CO.
No and only for individuals of violent crimes, most felons should be able to register guns instead of buying on a black marked. 2mon ago from a Libertarian in Forest Grove, OR.
Only if the Federal government will make a push to reduce black market weapons. ( the gun running industry etc.) Otherwise all the rules in the world do not remove a criminal's will to kill. Training would be awesome and mental health should absolutely be considered in someway!! But in the end, only law abiding citizens follow laws of any kind. Until that is fully understood, the issue shall not save any lives. 2mon ago from a Republican in Enterprise, NV.
Regulate the ammunition.. General public does not need hollow points, etc. 2mon ago from a Green in Margate, FL.
I have nothing against people owning guns, but the only to the point of reasonable. Gun owners should be required to go through firearm safety courses, and have no mental health issues or has a history of gun related violence. Too many folks don't respect the power behind holding a firearm. It is a power that needs to be understood and respected. 2mon ago from a Green in Green Bay, WI.
Everyone has the right to bear arms as long as they are mentally stable and have no violent records but gun classes should be required. 2mon ago from a Green in La Habra, CA.
No, only for mental health patients who are considered dangerous and not your typical mother who happens to take Paxil! Convicted felons fall under a laws that were created a century ago when $500.00 was considered a lot of money. They have constitutional rights just like anyone else and should not be tried again daily once they have paid their debt to society!. 2mon ago from a Republican in DeFuniak Springs, FL.
2nd amendment says it all. everything else is unconstitutional. 2mon ago from a Republican in Cinco Ranch, TX.
Assault rifles, automatic guns, and guns used by militaries should be outlawed in the US (not the military), however, regular rifles, and handguns should be left at the degree of control they are now. 2mon ago from a Green in Shenandoah, TX.
No guns! If other countries can do it so can we. 2mon ago from a Green in Redondo Beach, CA.
No, but strictly enforce the laws already on the books. 2mon ago from a Democrat in Beaumont, TX.
Yes & no. Americans need to defend themselves, their wives & property. However, strict background checks, psychological testing, and training would certainly help with the weeding of rotten people. 2mon ago from a Republican in Mastic Beach, NY.
We are the south...Good Luck trying. 2mon ago from a Constitution in Florence, AL.
Increase penalties for gun crimes and increase tracking of guns. 2mon ago from a Republican in Snow Hill, NC.
More control but also harsher penalties for gun-related crimes as well as accidents that result because of negligence. 2mon ago from a Green in Placerville, CA.
No, except for states that hand guns out like candy and let you use them everywhere you want. 2mon ago from a Green in New York, NY.
2nd amendment should be repealed and states given the power to legislate gun ownership regulations according to their respective cultures. 3mon ago from a Green in San Diego, CA.
I believe our Gun Control laws need to be changed all together. We need to let Americans who are willing to stand up and aid this country, their state, or their city own weapons. They should be required to undergo the same training as the military, and pass the same testing. They must also show up in times of disaster or need to aid their community, this is the tax for owning them. 3mon ago from a Green in Omaha, NE.
NO, under the 2nd amendment if you are not a convicted felon or someone with diagnosed mental health issues there should be no reason you can not own and use a fire arm. This also includes the government buying up ammunition to control the use of fire arms. 3mon ago from a Republican in Glasgow, KY.
No. Assault weapons is a meaningless phrase used to describe scary looking guns. There are plenty of regulations against automatic weapons. 3mon ago from a Republican in Fishers, IN.
No. Criminals ignore them. Kill the controls on the books and get back to Constitutional government. 3mon ago from a Libertarian in Houston, TX.
The Right To Keep and Bear Arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!!!. 3mon ago from a Republican in Flint, MI.
No, but there should be increased education regarding guns. 3mon ago from a Republican in Linwood, NJ.
Gun Control might be a good idea but doing it by working around the 2nd amendment only weakens all liberties. If GC is good, first revoke 2nd amendment. 3mon ago from a Republican in Washington, DC.
I dont mind it as long as they are using it for defensive purposes. 3mon ago from a Green in Riverdale, NJ.