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Common sense needs to come into play here. We go to either extreme and neither would be productive. Frankly, I disagree with the concept of lobbyists as it skew the representative numbers on any issue. We are ensured of the right to bear/own arms, however, we are not ensured the right to own a howitzer. There are laws on the books that are either poorly enforced or not enforced at all. Felons are expressly prohibited from owning guns, there are restrictions based on mental health, and so on. Unfortunately, criminals will never follow the law - because they are criminals. Put some teeth and enforcement into the existing laws and look at reasonable means of reducing these tragedies. We will never be able to prevent them all, but we can reduce the number by simply making the penalties for these actions as egregious as the acts themselves.
This aged Mr. Agenbroad, quoted in this article, must have late-stage dementia. He advocates repeal of the 2nd Amendment, pointing to the fact that we repealed Prohibition. Ironically, what he in fact is proposing, is a prohibition on guns. And we all know how well the prohibition on alcohol worked, right? It produced nothing but crime, criminals and turned millions of otherwise ordinary citizens into scofflaws. That said, the day we repeal or amend ANY of the provisions of the Bill Of Rights, is the day this Republic ceases to exist as "the land of the free." And we are no longer "the home of the brave" if we allow an illusion of safety to override our unique freedoms as a nation. The Founding Fathers must be spinning in their graves.
These are "fringe" freaks, seeking a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. There is no "gun problem" that can't be solved by enforcing existing laws. The Bill of Rights is non-negotiable.
Too bad they aren't marching to eliminate the one thing that actually allows these mass shootings to happen: 'gun-free zones'. The so-called 'assault weapons' ban has already been tried and proven to not make one bit of difference. Columbine and other shootings happened in THE MIDDLE OF THE LAST BAN. Made no difference whatsoever. Unfortunately, the gun-haters are impervious to facts and logic. Their blind, irrational fear and hatred of guns is too much to overcome.
3 weeks ago the startribune ran a story about how approx. 3/4 of the state agencies required to report felons and disqualified mentally ill to the feds--don't report. So the databases are not accurate and many can slip by. Earlier this week it ran an article about a man in Winthrop (I think) who shouldn't have guns--but had about a dozen. A scary dude with whispers of killing in his head. Again, he slipped through the cracks. I think before we change the laws, let's enforce what we have now and see how well they work. If the laws had been enforced the past 10 or 20 years, I don't think Sandy and some other slaughters would have occurred. What is wrong with asking the agencies to do their job and report? What is wrong with asking mental health professionals to do their job and report? Let's help the professionals and put some money into studying this so they have the tools.
Answer this please: Carjackers are waiting at a stop light. 2 identical BMWs pull up. One has a bumper sticker that says "Insured by Smith & Wesson". The other says: "Million Mom Marcher". Which car you think they are going to jack? The fact is guns are a deterrent to crime and you will never be able to eliminate all guns from criminals, so stop limiting law abiding citizens from protecting themselves.
from the article - "Others flew in from Seattle, San Francisco and Alaska, they said."
I don't know about Alaska, but there sure are a lot of folks from Seattle and San Francisco whose hobby is "protesting".
Gun Control means only one thing: Being able to hit your target.
500,000 marched YESTERDAY in DC against abortion on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and barely a mention in the media. A few hundred show up to march against gun control a day later, and it's a major story. The MSM agenda is just sickening.
Liberals need to educate themselves on firearms instead of being afraid of them. The many examples of how a gun has saved a family from dangerous home invaders are never reported by the media and this needs to change.
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