HOT TOPIC: GUN CONTROL

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Registered: 08-01-2004
HOT TOPIC: GUN CONTROL
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Fri, 12-14-2012 - 1:29pm

This morning there was an elemantry school shooting in Conn. Its always sad to see any school shooting, so it makes me think they should change gun laws, making it harder to get guns, while yes just about anyone can get their hands on one. We can simply turn the evening
news to see that.

So my question is what are the gun laws in your state?

Do they have an open carry law?

If so, how do you feel about it and would you make any changes about it if you could?

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 12-14-2012 - 8:49pm

  Gun control is not an answer.  What is the answer is dealing with the emotional problems that result in violence toward others then suicide.  It seems that the trend is to go out with note.  China has the same problems.  It is interesting that they have many people also facing uncertain futures with a lot of frustration and anger.  People respond to future shock in many ways.  Fear being one of them.

Goldfish

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Sun, 12-16-2012 - 12:26am

Well said, and welcome to the board!

When I think of gun control, I think of keeping them off the streets and out of the hands of the wrong people. A gun is a gun, and no matter if its a handheld or a shot gun, it still kills and leaves perment damage. I look forward to the day when we don't have to worry about this any more.

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Tue, 12-18-2012 - 12:34pm

xxxs wrote:
Gun control is not an answer.  What is the answer is dealing with the emotional problems that result in violence toward others then suicide.  It seems that the trend is to go out with note.  

Good point. Maybe gun control wouldn't be such a big factor if people were more educated about mental health issues and more resources were available to help the people dealing with them.

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Wed, 12-19-2012 - 1:35am

Well said!!! Just hearing about all the info coming out about the Conn. shooting is just so sad!

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Registered: 03-22-2012
Mon, 12-24-2012 - 7:01am

YES, We need strict gun laws especially in Virginia. Anyone can go to a Flea market and pick up guns, ammunition,knifes or anything they want.  I know some people are responsible enough to have guns and knifes and keep them away from their children and deranged family members. I hope that people will understand how important it is to make sure NOONE can get to their guns, knifes and ammunition. The law should be that noone can make and sell assalt weapons to anyone except the Military and make sure anyone that sells any weapon has to have a background check. There are too many weapons that are too easy to get by deranged people. You never know who is going to suddenly decide to take a family members life. I know from experience.

 

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 12-28-2012 - 4:35am

  That's why smart people are armed.  Never know when the need to have a way of protecting onesself.

Goldfish

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Registered: 12-29-2012
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 3:23am

You are absolutely right. Gun control laws will not solve the problem. People will just go to the black market. Haven't we learned that from the war on drugs? Besides that, I am fearful that the government (especially now) may get out of control. The whole "right to bare arms" is just in case the powers that be go haywire. The American Revolution was fought because of oppressive government. If the government got out of control I would want to have a gun or two. Let's focus on Mental Health issues. People with mental problems should have to register in some way like criminals (even though they are not). I do not say this lightly. I have Bipolar Disorder II, so I know of what I speak. Not only are the mentally ill able to get guns and commit suicide too easily. i have, during a depressive cycle considered buying a gun, legally, to commit suicide. That's a scary place to be. Sometimes (though not that often) the mentally ill focus there delusions on others. We need more money spent on helping the mentally ill, then money spent on gun control laws that wont even work. I am not a survivalist or some right wing activist. I am a loyal American. 

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Registered: 03-22-2012
Sat, 12-29-2012 - 8:06am

I meant to say the people that killed others were not smart. Not the ones who were killed. I apologize to all families who have lost loved ones. My prayers go out to you.

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Registered: 03-22-2012
Wed, 01-02-2013 - 7:38am

The people that  killed were not smart. If the laws were stricter, just maybe the people with guns would be smarter and not allow others to get their guns. I am not against some people having guns. It is the ones who do not know how to keep them away from their family members. Maybe this last tragedy will alert them. If they did not have assalt weapons they could not have killed so many at a time. No one needs an assault weapon to protect themselves.

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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 5:08pm

I totally agree. If you have someone living in your home that has mental problems you shouldn't have guns of any kind in your home because not only does it put yourself at risk, it always puts others at risk as well.

I'm so sorry I've not gotten back with you until now. I've had some log in issues.