Said "broad" (whom I won't link to) immediately struck me as someone with a condescending attitude that said, "I'm so reasonable, you must agree with me... How could you not agree with me? What kind of knuckle-dragging Neanderthal are you???" She seemed not really interested in anything someone might post, unless it was complete agreement that she is 100% right. The way I read some of her questions, like:
Will you continue a reasonable discussion towards an end that might lead somewhere or is this an exercise in futility?Is pretty much semantically equivalent to "are you still beating your wife?". How about this gem of a question:
Do you believe that 30,000 gun deaths a year is too many?What kind of intellectual garbage is that? It depends on how many "needed killing". Are you including people that the police killed? Are you counting "children" the way that the gun-control nuts usually do, by including 18 year old gang bangers who die in drug wars? That is too meaningless a question to have any rational response to.
Like every gun control freak I've come across, she's too concerned with the thing to consider the psycho holding it.
Still, I find it an irresistible meme that I can't get out of my head. I'm all for "reasonable" gun laws, but I'll bet anything that I find reasonable will scare her to death. First of all, I believe the logical, ethical and even scientific argument for gun control is done. Their side has completely lost. John Lott has been proven right over and over again: "More Guns = Less Crime". When Formerly Great Britain destroyed guns and rounded up family heirlooms, they were rewarded by going from middle of the pack rates to the highest violent crime rate in the EU, and one of the worst in the world. In the first year after Heller, violent crime was down 25% in DC, as opposed to down about 10% in similarly sized cities that allowed firearms.
I think gun sales laws are too restrictive now. I think the whole setup of all sales having to go through an FFL who can only send it across state lines to another FFL just perpetuates a protected market and doesn't do any good for anybody other than FFLs. What good does it do - if you're not a gun dealer? Why can't I buy a gun online from Bud's or Impact or someone else and have it sent to me? With an encryption system, I can prove who I am online just as easily as I can at a store, and we can even do an NCIS check without invoking the whole FFL system.
Let's start here: any adult can walk into a sporting goods store in most places and walk out with a shotgun or a rifle with no waiting period. But if I wanted to buy an AR-15 or a Mossberg 500 from the factory or a store in another city, why does it have to go through an FFL's hands? Why can't I order a rifle or shotgun from an online gun store, or even an Amazon.com kind of "online superstore" and have it shipped to my house? What advantage is there to society from shipping it to an FFL? In consumer goods, your local camera shop, say, really does have to compete with the big guys in New York. Gun shops don't have that. I can see how gun shops might really like this setup. They get an easy 20 bucks for filling out the form and "receiving" your shipment, but I don't think there's any value added to us or society.
We should never again allow a stupid "mean looking weapons ban" to pass. I read that the number of assault rifles involved in crimes was 0.1% or some tiny number like that. I'll take a bet that the number of crimes involving rifles like a Remington 700 or other hunting rifle is essentially zero. The number of crimes you'd prevent is meaningless, so all it does is hassle people who like shooting those little rifles.
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I realize this is pipe dream stuff that has a snowball's chance in Florida of ever passing, but our current system really doesn't make sense to me. I realize guns are deadly. But so are kitchen knives (how many crimes involve those?), gas barbecues, and on and on, up to cars and trucks. I think the laws we have now are beyond unreasonable. Are there problems in what I propose? Probably, but I don't think there's anything unsolvable in there.
|There, now, hoplophobes. It's so cute, how could it possibly hurt you?|