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Americans Can't Own A Gun

I recently heard that our Congress is trying to pass a law that Americans cannot own a gun. What are your thoughts and opinions on this issue? If it passes, how will it affect our Country?

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 ---Cynthia on 11/14/07
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"And Liberals, if sitting in a cafe with a friend, a gunman comes in shooting, would you want your friend to have a gun(and trained) or a gun protest sign?"
This took my thoughts in a different direction, to the news yesterday that European pollution rules will mean that our military weapons will have to comply with emission limits.
I wonder if Al Quaeda will also comply?
---alan_of_UK on 11/30/07

Dawn,yes people have a right to be safe,maybe a better solution, instead of taking guns, could be requiring people who want hand guns to take classes,learn gunlaws,have background checks, and license people to own/carry their guns. My State has passed a handgun law which does that and it's what every woman working late or traveling a lot needs. I've always kept a loaded 22 in bed with me when I'm home alone,although I have bars on the windows,selfprotection is using wisdom. Remember David and Giant.
---Darlene_1 on 11/29/07

I as an American do believe in gun control. Gun control is using both hands when shooting.
---MikeM on 11/29/07

Guns are not the problem. Just as someone else said. If we didnt have guns, murderers and killers would find something else to use. The problem obviously is the depravity of the world. I say let us keep our guns and make it harder to actually get them. I have one for protection being a single woman. I know I have Angels protecting me and and Holy Spirit to, but I also like knowing Smith & Wesson is near by as well!
---Dawn on 11/29/07

I once read that the number one weapon for killing someone at the turn of the twienth century was an ice pick.if guns were illegal people would find another way.
---tom2 on 11/29/07

Trish,thanks for not including hunting rifles. Actually Canada didn't take away all guns instead they have some forbidden,assault weapons,automatic weapons,etc.,USA already has those outlawed too. What Canada did was have people register all their guns,including hunting guns,but have been trying to pass a bill to remove longguns(rifles) from list of those to be registered since they have become overflooded by paperwork. Found no. murders-gun related increased in 2005 & 2006 in Canada,16% Gangs.
---Darlene_1 on 11/19/07

Trish I went back to read more on the percent of crimes in Canada and found different rates. Even found some saying it was lower so I can't say what it really was,forget first posted rates and yeears,this is so frustrating when things aren't the same on all Blogs on internet. It only confirms what my Psychology Teacher said "don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see". Ha ha,so true.
---Darlene_1 on 11/19/07

Regarding, the second amendment:
The framers at the time had a naturally limited idea of what arms were. Now living in the future we now that arms are not just bows and arrows, knives and single shot muskets. The framers in no way envisioned a military as vast as we have today, nor did they envision people keeping Ak47's, grenade launchers, or Howitzers in their homes to protect "the security of a free state."
We need to be realistic regarding Constitutional guidance on this issue.
---matthew on 11/19/07

I believe that,if passed, it would increase the crime rate. Those who are law breakers and felons anyway, would still have guns no matter the penalty (are they deterred by fines or threat of jail now?). But they could steal, rape and kill more securely, knowing that law abiding citizens would be without weapons for self-defense.
---Donna on 11/17/07

Since the Second Amendment to the constitution permits private citizens to bear arms, such a law would be unconstitional.

Good luck with that.
---StrongAxe on 11/16/07

Cynthia: Canada does not allow guns, and they have a lower murder rate than we do.

I live outside Killadelphia, PA. Our city has, I think, the highest murder rate in the country. We have had five police shootings in the past two months, three since Halloween, when an officer was murdered in the line of duty.

I say outlaw all guns except hunting rifles and the guns law enforcement and the military use.
---Trish9863 on 11/16/07

Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

Guns just make it a whole lot easier.
---matthew on 11/16/07

Why is it that there are knives in every kitchen and severe burn potential on every stove top but almost no adults or kids are killed by playing with them? Could it be we are TAUGHT at very young ages to respect them? As for gun control, look up what Adolph Hitler said about it. (He did it, then took over a nation). And Liberals, if sitting in a cafe with a friend, a gunman comes in shooting, would you want your friend to have a gun(and trained) or a gun protest sign?
---mikefl on 11/15/07

In my state and most there are "Gun Free" Areas. What that means is that anyone who abides by the law will not have a gun. It also means that the criminal can, and he knows this...... they can still carry. What'a they got to lose?
---Elder on 11/15/07

Nana, thank you ! ! :-) Little acts of kindness on these blogs are a hundred times more effective than all the bluster about the issues.
---John1944 on 11/15/07

I have always thought it was funny that regarding second amendment the liberals want a conservative interpretation and conservatives want a liberal interpretation of that part of the constitution. I am not a lawyer but I think it would require a constitutional amendment to ban guns. Of course this administration has little regard for the constitution, so we can wait and see.
---randy on 11/15/07

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I do not believe that it is a good idea. I do not believe that only the police should have guns. I think that it sends the wrong message. You know Satan. On the other hand. Criminals should not be allowed to own a gun or a knife.>>>Why should the innocent always have to pay because of what the bad do? And let me explain something. Sometimes the bad are in uniform. Get my drift?
---catherine on 11/15/07

John1944, Blessings to you too.
---Nana on 11/15/07

it will give a massive increase to the black population
---cupid on 11/14/07

notlaw99 is in the past but not far enough back. Try 1776.
US v/s Miller statement, The General Assembly of Virginia, October, 1785, declared, "The defense and safety of the commonwealth depend upon having its citizens properly armed and taught the knowledge of military duty."
Why is the National Guard not able to arm themselves now?
My emotion comes from visiting countries where the normal citizen has no way of defending himself.
The "Little Red Book" tells why.
---Elder on 11/14/07

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It would seem that Elder's submission is based more on emotion than fact. And the "Little Red Book" has nothing to do with Constitutional Law. What is relevant is the following Case Law:

United States vs. Miller (U.S. SCt. 1939)
Quilici vs Morton Grove (7th Cir. 1982)
U. S. vs. Emerson (N. D. Tex. 1999)

With the Current composition of the US Supreme Court, US vs. Miller would likely be the president.
---notlaw99 on 11/14/07

I have not heard of this yet, but I am not suprised that it is in the works especially with the liberal controled house and senate. As to what are my thoughts on it. If it does pass the only people who would have guns are the criminals, the terrorists, the police and the military. If they are given that type of power say good bye to freedom.
---Francis on 11/14/07

Nana, my question was just rhetorical. Blessings to you.
---John1944 on 11/14/07

See Luke 22:36. In them days there were no guns yet.
---Nana on 11/14/07

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Here in Canada they have quit trying to enforce a costly gun registration law that, for the most part, left guns in the hands of hunters and criminals only. The average guy who didn't hunt just handed it in to the police so he wouldn't be a criminal. Now they are seeing these laws don't work. The crime rate hasn't gone down because every criminal who wants a gun can still get one from the flourishing underground sales.
---john on 11/14/07

They've done that in Australia,people even having to see antique family heirlooms destroyed,it was heart rending to many Australians. Did it serve its purpose of ending crime? NO!! Facts show crime has risen,the crooks still get guns and decent lawabiding people have no means to protect themselves and their property. America is a land of hunters and to take their guns is to deny inalienable rights to life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness. God armed David with a slingshot and stones.
---Darlene_1 on 11/14/07

Blessings to you matthew, yes this is on the table of Congress, because CNN was debating it last night. Our Congress is slowly but surely taking our rights away in this Country. If Congress does pass this law, you will see a rise in crime my friend. We are slowly losing our Country. Sad, but if things keep going the way they are going, Americans will have no rights left anymore.
---Cynthia on 11/14/07

notlaw99 is not right.
The restrictive gun laws of this nation are based on Tung's Little Red Book and other enemies of our freedom. One agenda is to disarm the American public.
In notlaw99's statement of the constitution there are two things, 1. The right to have a military force, 2. The right of the citizens to own firearms.
More people are killed every year by drunk drivers. Lets get rid of alcohol. You do not see in the Constitution the right to drink, do you?
---Elder on 11/14/07

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I seriously doubt that any such legislation is in the works, it would be political suicide to go that far.

But to answer the question: How would it affect our country? Murder and crime rates would go down, and we would appear more civilzed to the rest of the world.
---matthew on 11/14/07

What kind of firearm would Jesus recommend we keep on hand?
---John1944 on 11/14/07

I would not be in favor of such legislation and do not think is has much of a chance of passing due to the NRA and other sportsmen's groups. New Jersey has very restrictive gun control laws and would not want to follow that model on a federal level. Such legislation would be constitutional as the Right it Bear Arms is only associated to establishing a State Militia [State National Guard and/or State Police].
---notlaw99 on 11/14/07

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