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Require all able bodied citizens to own and train with weapons for self-defense. 7 years 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... 7 years 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... 7 years 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... 7 years ago from a Republican in Richardson, TX
No, I support decreased gun control. 7 years 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. 7 years ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL
No, and remove all federal gun control legislation. 7 years 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. 7 years ago from a Libertarian in Lakeland, FL
Yes, every gun owner should be able to control their gun. 7 years 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'... 7 years 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. 7 years 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. 6 years 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... 6 years 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... 7 years ago from a Republican in Alexandria, VA
Stay out of this.
Guns are only a method to kill. People are messed up. Start at home with good role models. 4 years ago from a Republican in Delaware, OH
Do whatever Australia did after their first and only mass shooting. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Tomball, TX
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... 6 years 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. 6 years 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. 6 years 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. 6 years 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... 6 years 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. 6 years 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. 7 years ago from a Democrat in Chicago, IL
Close the loophole, prevent domestic abusers from owning guns and reinstate the assault rifle ban.
Also create a national standard for concealed carry. 4 years ago from a Green in Los Angeles, CA
Chicago has very strict gun laws and yet the highest gun related crimes...criminals do not care about laws...you cannot pass a law that will stop a criminal from obtaining a weapon if he really wants one. 4 years ago from a Republican in Wolverine Lake, MI
End incentives for fatherless families. (More welfare for mothers per child) get fathers back in the homes of these kids who are killing each other. 4 years ago from a Republican in Anchorage, AK
You know what we should totally do? Let's say you take the class, clear a background check, then go to a gun dealer. The gun dealer can check your background check again, then help you choose the right gun for you. Here's the clincher: You have... 4 years ago from a Socialist in Colorado Springs, CO
Make bullets $10,000 each. 4 years ago from a Green in Arlington, VA
No gun checks at all. The 2nd amendment is for any Citizen. PERIOD. 4 years ago from a Republican in Cheney, KS
It's a privilege not a right in 2016 . 4 years ago from a Democrat in Broomfield, CO
Democrats should not be allowed to own firearms. 4 years ago from a Constitution in Wake Forest, NC
Like abortion - driven by extremes on the issue - logical, practical controls can be enacted - i.e., better/quicker background checks and have no issue with banning or better controlling assault weapons as long as the definition of what is an assault... 4 years ago from a Republican in Vestavia Hills, AL
I firmly believe disarming American citizens makes them helpless in too many situations. For example, Thieves, Robbers, Murderers and MOST of all, a ROGUE GOVERNMENT. WITH THIS, I ALSO believe we DO need stricter background checks and, only if needed,... 4 years ago from a Republican in Lynchburg, VA
I think it's great to own a gun...but why is it acceptable to take it in public...it's not the Wild West. It should be hard to get a weapon, there should be at least, criminal or mental health checks. 4 years ago from a Socialist in Pinson, AL
Ban all guns except for military. Disarm the police. 4 years ago from a Green in Philadelphia, PA
Repeal all firearms restrictions back to 1791. 4 years ago from a Constitution in Schulenburg, TX
No, only for violent criminals and the potentially violent mentally *and* the government sould pass a national "stand your ground" law. 4 years ago from a Libertarian in Raleigh, NC
Ban AR-15 & AK-47 & large clips. 4 years ago from a Republican in Pantego, TX
Address the crisis with masculinity!. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Shelburne, VT
Yes. "In order to have a well trained militia": proposed owners must prove a relationship to being well trained in order to join, maintain or be a former member of a militia be that scouts, hunt or marksmanship clubs, etc. Assault guns and... 5 years ago from a Republican in Arden-Arcade, CA
Guns don't kill people it's the crazy unstable people, the uneducated people. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Redmond, OR
No! People should be required to carry a concealed handgun with a MINIMUM of 8 rounds in public and have a 30 round semi automatic gun in their home to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones rather than putting them and theirselves in danger... 5 years ago from a Republican in Vineyard, CA
Require periodic licensing - as for an automobile. 5 years ago from a Republican in Sanford, MI
Should've been done along time ago. You have gangs/terrorist groups/mentally challenged getting them!
Back then we had no problems until illegal immigration reform got out of hand/bombing/terrorist groups/etc. have been a problem for the states. 5 years ago from a Democrat in New York, NY
I believe there are over 2000 gun laws already on the books. Maybe we could enforce those before passing new ones. Come on, people! Guns don't kill people, people kill people. 5 years ago from a Republican in American Fork, UT
They should go after illegal gun smugglers and sellers. Allow honest law-abiding citizens to carry unconcealed and concealed firearms. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Los Angeles, CA
You should be able to own a gun since it is protection but do not let the mentally ill and people that have a criminal record purchase a gun and the gun should always be tracked by the government. 5 years ago from a Republican in Spring House, PA
No, removing guns from the hands of citizens does not remove them from the hands of criminals who can and will still purchase them illegally. However, gun-safety education should be more offered and more available to citizens. 5 years ago from a Democrat in Spring House, PA
Create a gun insurance market. 5 years ago from a Libertarian in Orlando, FL
Increased gun control for assault weapons and regulations on people with mental health issues and convicted felons. 6 years ago from a Green in Aurora, IL