Obviously this is a very touchy issue, and a serious debate.
I used to own guns, but I had no place to shoot, so I let my father
sell one, and I gave the other one to a shooter who had no gun
of her own. My father still owns a gun. My girlfriend's older son
is the only licensed gun dealer in Toledo, and is a collector and
military reenactor. Guns are O.K. - if they are stored and used
I see no reason to oppose mandatory gun safety training.
There is a perfect correlation between cars and guns. Both are
widely owned, both are dangerous when misused, and both are
controlled (in varying degrees) by the government.
Every time the debate on restricting what type of guns comes
up, the "home defense" arguement surfaces. Someone here
posted that accidental gun deaths are only 600 per year. Great, nice
to know that cars are much deadlier - if you ignore that most people
use their cars several times each day, and that gun owners only use
their guns once or twice a month. How many gun toting intruders
committed a home invasion last year?
Remember, home invasions are when you are in your home.
So, whatever that number is, you are assuming that you have to
shoot down 2 or more armed intruders. I think you have better
odds of a heart attack, or maybe even being struck by lightning,
than having to face two men with guns breaking into your home.
And why wouldn't a bolt or lever action rifle, or a 9mm handgun
with 7 or more rounds in the clip be insufficient for this?
Half ot the arguments posted here are that you need military
assault weapons with 30 round clips to fight the U.S. Government,
and the other half are apparently that a whole battalion of Viet Cong
are going to break into your house, and you need to be armed for
a major firefight until the police show up.
The question that is really before us is, what can be done to
reduce gun violence in this country? As for your views on our
President, remember two things - Congress has been deadlocked
on virtually every major issue, including emergency aid for the
storm victims on the East Coast, and being President is a risky
job. Someone tried to shoot President Jackson, but his pistols
misfired. Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, and J.F.Kennedy were shot
to death. Robert Kennedy was shot and killed while running for
President. FDR was shot at after his election in 1932, the
shooter missed, and killed the Mayor of Chicago. T. Roosevelt
was shot and wounded while running for President in 1912.
George Wallace was crippled by a shooter while running for
President. Reagan was shot and wounded. Two women tried to
shoot President Ford with Handguns. While the White House
was being remodeled during the Truman administration, two
men broke into Blair House, where Truman was staying, and had
a gunfight with the Secret Service. They were killed, but at least
one of the guards was wounded. Presidents are targets, and every
President since Eisenhower has had death threats.
I think that any President is going to take gun violence seriously.