Anyone here like to argue about gun control?Submitted by ConstitutionHugger on Sun, 04/28/2013 - 23:56
I am staunchly pro-gun. I have been debating people on Facebook for a while. Recently I asked someone what kind of gun control they wanted. She laid out a well thought out response that is seemingly moderate. I am going to sleep on my response to her, but since the DP has such a depth and breadth of collective knowledge, I thought I'd share her post. If anyone wants to suggest how to reply feel free to respond. Here's what the gun control advocate said:
I am for EXPANDED gun control legislation. I don't want anyone to be able to legally purchase any gun without having a background check. This includes gun shows, Internet, family, friend or any other outlet.
I'm also a little more extreme in my interests than Dale as far as I know. I think that people should have to pass a test (as we do in order to drive legally) before being allowed to purchase a gun. If they pass the background check and the test, then they can have access to legal guns. The test would question someone's good sense in ensuring the safety of their weapon. It should demonstrate that the person has at least read and understands some basic safety materials including safe storage and use of the weapon and who should and should not be allowed access to their guns (Newtown).
Finally, I would like a law that says that large magazines and fully automatic weapons are not legal for purchase by the general public.
I know that irresponsible gun owners will not follow the safety rules no matter what, but at least they will have had access to the knowledge and can face prosecution for the irresponsible use or storage of their weapons. I also know that criminals will still break the law. If the laws I want were passed, we would then have a means for prosecuting criminals who have guns that are not legal. Finally, I know that these are not complete solutions to the mass killings in America, but they are a start. And, I'd like to get started, please.