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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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.
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.
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.
No, but strictly enforce the laws already on the books. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Beaumont, TX.
Second Ammendment. The best defence against the rising tyranny of centeralization... I abore them, but there was a reason it's right behind the 1st amendment. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Empire, NV.
Absolutely, the 1st Amendment is not specific and was never intended to include today's weapons; machine guns et al. The amendment must be interpreted to today's issues, just as others have been. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Los Angeles, CA.
Require manufacturer to track weapons from cradle to grave. Increase penalties for gun related crimes. Increase personal accountability for gun possession. 3mon ago from a Democrat in The Colony, TX.
People should take a class to learn the responsibility of using a gun and the states gun laws to determine if someone is safe with a weapon.Similar to drivers ed. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Cliffside Park, NJ.
Yes; Take more precocious measures. Mental health screening once a year, maybe an inspection of the weapon and a safe or verification of safety protocols and things of the like to prevent shootings and other disasters. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Roswell, GA.
No because no matter what if a person wants a gun they will get one and a lot of people are responsible with guns not everyone should be punished background checks should be enforced for that like violent criminal acts backgrounds should not be let to have a gun. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Floris, VA.
Get rid of large capacity magazines. Have screening for bullet and gun purchase and waiting period. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Fort Worth, TX.
Have we forgotten the old west and that Gun Control was a positive step toward civilization? Learn from England. Do background checks. No assault rifles. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Norman, OK.
Assault weapons and military "hardware" don't belong in public hands. Nor in police hands either. While it may be time efficient to not have to prosecute someone caught in a gun crime, that shouldn't be the reason for shooting in arresting an individual. Scares me silly knowing that everyone is carrying, and we've become so "vigilant" we think everyone else is a criminal ready to shoot first in order not to be shot.. 3mon ago from a Democrat in Dexter, MI.
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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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.). 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in North Little Rock, AR.
Yes but they should have a psychological check up every year. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Van Wert, OH.
I support back groound checks on all gun purchases. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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!. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Centerville, IN.
Yes, expand background tests and psychological testing, and ban assault weapons and large magazines. 2yr 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?????). 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
Yes, but with background checks. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Richmond, VA.
No, increase penalties for gun related crimes, stricter regulations for assault weapons, and stricter background checks. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Keene, TX.
Don't completely ban guns, but make them harder to access. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Ingomar, PA.
No, simply require background checks, psychological testing, and training. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Troy, MO.
No, but the existing Gun Control laws should be strictly enforced without exception. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Campton, NH.
Yes, require strict background checks and a national gun registry. 2yr 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. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC.
Yes, but there should be different laws for rural and urban areas. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Northfield, MN.