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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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No, ball and powder muskets should be unregulated, but all other firearms should require well-regulated militia membership like the 2nd Amendment states. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.
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. 10mons ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.
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. 10mons 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. 10mons 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.). 10mons ago from a Democrat in Marysville, WA.
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. 10mons ago from a Democrat in York, 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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Democrat in North Little Rock, AR.
Yes but they should have a psychological check up every year. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Van Wert, OH.
I support back groound checks on all gun purchases. 11mons 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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Democrat in El Segundo, CA.
Yes. But also require strict background checks, psychological testing and training and increase penalties for gun~related crimes. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Venango, PA.
Yes, require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training. But do not ban assault weapons, and concealed carry. 11mons 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. 11mons 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. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Knoxville, IA.
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!. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Duncan, OK.
We should have armed police officers in schools, and a person selling guns should be required to register with the state and perform universal background checks but we should not ban any type of guns. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Centerville, IN.
Yes, expand background tests and psychological testing, and ban assault weapons and large magazines. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Austin, TX.
Yes AND I'm a card carrying member of the aclu, so the Bill of Rights is important to me. Increased background, training, and penalties for gun crimes. Serial numbers on bullets/ ammo registration. trigger locks required with all gun sales. And one idea I haven't seen yet: require accident/Harm insurance required on all guns kept in a home or vehicle (just like we do with cars: I have to insure cars, even if they're not driving. Just as deadly as guns. Why aren't we requiring insurance on guns?????). 11mons ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.
Current gun control laws need to be enforced more and checks need to be made on the businesses selling guns. Also require current laws be enforced and required abided by at gun shows. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Fort Collins, CO.
No, it won't do any good.Criminals will still find illegal weapons and people still will defend themselves as they should. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
Yes, but with background checks. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Richmond, VA.
No, increase penalties for gun related crimes, stricter regulations for assault weapons, and stricter background checks. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Millerstown, PA.
Yes, for assault weapons, individuals with mental health issues and convicted felons. Parents should be mandated to keep guns out of reach of children. 11mons ago from a Democrat in Groton, CT.
First, stop calling it "gun control." I support reasonable 2nd amendment protections, with background checks required for all gun purchases, restrictions on ammunition purchases, restrictions on functionality of assault weapons, restrictions on ammunition purchases, training and licensing for all gun owners, and mandatory sentencing for all violations of gun laws, either by dealers or owners. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Delaware, OH.
It isn't a decision of whether all guns should be banned, but particularly the most dangerous ones. Although this number is decreasing, America is populated greatly by what would be satirically called the Southern Resistance, a great many people who would be heavily opposed to having their guns taken away. This is not saying that taking away a majority of the guns that they so love wouldn't incite an angry reaction, but at a certain point, the government has to overrule the people for the betterment of the country (this doesn't happen often, mind you). The people do not need access to grenades, assault rifles, shotguns, things of the likes. These are military weapons, weapons that are designed for doing heavy damage to multiple amounts of people. I'm even skeptical about having handguns for regular people, but at least this can't clear an entire crowd. Background checks and psychological exams are also a necessity. Obviously someone with an extreme criminal record, or someone who isn't completely right in the head shouldn't possess something that could kill another human being. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Keene, TX.
Don't completely ban guns, but make them harder to access. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Jackson, TN.
Yes, require strict background checks,training, psychological evaluation and allow a single standard for personal carry permits. Eliminate assault weapons and high capasity mags from general public ownership. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Jackson, NJ.
Restrictions on high capacity weaponry, require background checks on all sales, require training, require insurance similar to auto insurance, special licensing for owning over a specific number of firearms. I am a gun owner. 12mons ago from a Democrat in East Olympia, WA.
People on the terrorist watchlist should not be able to go to a gun show and pick up an automatic rifle. There are prescriptive, common-sense reforms that can be made TODAY if politicians stop posing the question in "pro-gun" and "anti-gun" terms. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Milwaukee, WI.
I honestly think that we have to find a compromise unlike the ones listed here. We need to be able to defend ourself against assaults from others, and guns are a way to do so. Naturally, guns are also used in assaults, but assaults would continue to happen with melee weapons were guns to be made inaccessible. I find none of the answers given to be acceptable. What we need to do is find the underlying issues to violent murders. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Oxford, OH.
Citizens should legally be able to equip themselves as well as their government- government should not have that much power over the people it serves, but the use of guns in everyday society is a problem. I think fixing this problem starts with changing the way people look at guns- they are a deadly weapon not something you take pictures with to show off on the internet- whether you are in a gang or a hunter. Additionally- reducing the amount of power that the NRA has and its political and social influence would help reduce violence with guns A LOT. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Ingomar, PA.
No, simply require background checks, psychological testing, and training. 12mons ago from a Democrat in University Place, WA.
Address the mentor health issues and control the drugs and 95% of the problems will be fixed. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Troy, MO.
No, but the existing gun control laws should be strictly enforced without exception. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Campton, NH.
Yes, require strict background checks and a national gun registry. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Spring Valley, NY.
Yes; require strict background checks, psychological testing, and training; ban guns from public use outside designated hunting grounds and practice ranges; and increase penalties for gun-related crimes. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC.
Yes, but there should be different laws for rural and urban areas. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Northfield, MN.
Yes, specifically: all weapons should be ownable, but only semi-automatic pistols and revolvers, or break-action, lever-action, pump-action, or bolt-action rifles and shotguns should be legal to keep in the home. Any other weapons must be held at licensed ranges with professionals trained in maintenance, safety, and proper use of those weapons. Ammunition needs to be scientifically analyzed and rated for lethality by design, and high-lethality ammunition should be likewise limited to licensed ranges only. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Coyote, CA.
Yes, allowing for limited local discretion and increased taxation with proceeds to be spent on police and enforcement. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL.
Requiring psychological testing and training are wonderful ideas on paper, but they raise the question of how much resource investment will be needed to ensure that such requirements are enacted in a fair and logistically feasible way. Requiring persons to show a license for a compatible firearm before being allowed to purchase ammunition may generate greater traction. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Tempe, AZ.
Guns should be as regulated as cars. We should used the driver's license system as a model, possibly combining the two. If I can pass a written test, use a gun with supervision and show you I can use a gun, I should be allowed to have a gun, assuming I can also pass a psychological examination. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Milligan College, TN.
Yes, close all loopholes - gun shows, internet, private sales which need to have background checks. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Barre, VT.
Yes, ban all auto and semi-auto weapons. There is no reason to "hunt" with an AK-47. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Columbus, OH.
No, but increase penalties for gun-related crimes, and only for individuals with mental health issues and convicted felons. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Parsippany, NJ.
Yes, a license like a drivers license test would be needed. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Shinglehouse, PA.
Yes, rational reform to background checks and I basic handling/storage training requirements. 12mons ago from a Democrat in Lewis Center, OH.
Yes, smaller magazines, no automatic weapons in the general population, thorough background check, including gun shows. Every gun should be li.cenced like a car, with regular renewals. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Columbia, MO.
Yes, and it should require ID trigger control, required periodic training, background checks, mental health and nonviolent behavior, be limited to govt. police, temporary issues for sharply limited cause; and normally exclude automatic and semi-automatic weapons and handguns, and only one per person. All guns should be accounted for by who has them, and failure to keep or renew license should require turning fire arm over to police. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Valdosta, GA.