Regulate firearms sanely

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I would like to applaud Augusta Chronicle sports columnist Scott Michaux for his Dec. 16 column (“Tragedies won’t stop if we hide from issue”). It takes fortitude to speak out on such a contentious issue. I am sure he will receive significant hate mail for speaking his mind, but I thank him.

We need to have a real discussion regarding sensible gun laws. No, not revoking the Second Amendment or banning all guns as the fearmongers will immediately scream, but rational gun laws.

If guns only had the same level of regulation as cars, we would be considerably better off: a title for each gun; license and registration at each sale (even gun shows where 40 percent of guns are bought with no background check at all); required firearms instruction; and passing a test to prove your ability to handle the responsibility of gun ownership.

Requiring guns to be “street legal” makes sense. We don’t let NASCAR or Indy cars on the road, and we don’t need automatic weapons, assault rifles or extended magazines for home protection or hunting. If you can’t get the home invader or deer with the first six to eight shots, you probably shouldn’t have a gun.

I would remind National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre – who thinks more guns are the answer – that Columbine had an armed policeman; Virginia Tech had an entire campus police force; and Fort Hood is an Army base.

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CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/01/13 - 01:20 pm
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Semi- vs. Fully- Automatic

For those that don't realize it, a semi-automatic can be fired as a fully automatic without alterations. Both of my AR's and one AK have been fired full-automatic many times. Google "Bump-Firing"

Not very cost effective, I must say, but fun.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 01/01/13 - 01:58 pm
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Food and Fun!

That's what our guns were always used for - how much food I have gathered through the years with the benefit of a gun - why are people shooting each other and those so innocent? Why are the nuts with permission from a parent allowed to even get near a gun - I just don't get it.

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Little Lamb 01/01/13 - 01:59 pm
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Solution

Though CobaltGeorge's proposal on the previous page about counties across the U.S. submitting rifling patterns of registered guns into a federal database may not be an absolutely perfect solution, you can bet it would be better than anything Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and John Boehner come up with in the coming months.

wribbs
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wribbs 01/01/13 - 05:32 pm
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Regarding the suggestion that

Regarding the suggestion that all guns be finger printed. If a gun is fired in the factory with a brand new perfectly clean barrel, will the rifling pattern never change? If I fire 1,000 rounds through my AR, using several different types of ammo, and never clean it, there is no way the barrel will mark the bullet the same way it did when it was fired brand new in the factory.

Gun barrels are made from metal that corrodes and wears and until Hank Rearden makes gun barrels, finger printing guns will be useless.

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GnipGnop 01/01/13 - 05:33 pm
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I think the point that is always missed is....

1 billion laws will not stop crazy non law abiding people from doing harm to the rest of us. Not knowing which of us is armed will make it more difficult to carry out those evil deeds.

KSL
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KSL 01/01/13 - 06:24 pm
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GnipGnop

Isn't that the truth. Why do so many people miss that point?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/01/13 - 06:36 pm
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ColbaltGeorge's suggestion

ColbaltGeorge's suggestion presupposes that a bureaucracy could efficiently and effectively carry out its mandate.

I don't think so!

As a matter of fact, I know without a doubt it wouldn't. It would however provide a convenient list for jack-booted thugs.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/01/13 - 06:52 pm
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I trust them with record keeping....

about as much as I trust them with healthcare...slim and none come to mind...

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Bizkit 01/01/13 - 10:54 pm
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We already have plenty of

We already have plenty of "sane" gun laws on the books, but you just can't prevent "insane" people from gettin' their hands on one. Then there are criminals who even with criminal records get their hands on guns and repeat offenses. Guns don't kill people-people do. So the obvious solution is to get rid of people-hey it will end Man-made global warming too- kill two birds with one stone. I know the knee-jerk reflex to want to restrict weapons but the problem isn't with how we kill people but the fact we kill each other. We read about young people killing someone just to see "how it feels" or some seek vampire game or some other idiotic notion. It isn't like the ole themes of family violence, bullying, or other crimes of passion, revenge, etc.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/01/13 - 11:41 pm
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Hey, I like it! Get rid of

Hey, I like it! Get rid of man made global warming and evil people/guns in one fell swope. Maybe we can get rid of carbon dioxide also. That's right, get rid of peeps and get rid of CO2.

What's that you say? CO2 occurs naturally? Well if mother Gaia makes it naturally, then it must be OK. We just need to get rid of the miniscule percentage that is man made. Cause if it's made by man it must be bad.

Guns are the root of all evil, and the Prius is mankind’s savior.

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myfather15 01/01/13 - 11:43 pm
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@Cobalt

We agree on just about everything I've read over the last year or so, but this one we don't.

First of all, if the Make, Model, Serial# and Rifling are registered in national database when I buy a gun, but my house is burglarized 3 years later and that gun is stolen. How does that help me find the theif that stole it? Ok, now that gun is used in a murder, how does that help them find the murderer? Yes, me reporting it stolen would relieve me of liability and POSSIBLY clear me of any crimes someone might commit with the gun, but I have no idea how that would help them find the theif who stole the gun from me and the murderer who used it to kill.

The gun would be registered to ME. If stolen, it wouldn't then be registered to the theif. Once a firearm is stolen, I promise you the paper trail is over. It will never be registered again. Once that stolen firearm ends up going through 3 or 4 peoples hands, and then someone commits a murder with it, I have no idea how that helps LE find the offender.

I'm quite uncomfortable with ANY registering of firearms by citizens. Just like in NO after Katrina, there were numerous cases where local governments were going around "gathering" peoples firearms for "safety" because of all the looting and violent crimes. If the government knows exactly who owns firearms, it's much easier for them to confiscate them. If I own firearms and choose not to register them when the law is passed, I could be a felon, simply for not registering my firearms. If I'm a good citizen and register them when required to do so, then when the government decides to ban them, they can come get all my guns. I'm not comfortable with that, AT ALL!!! Banning firearms is not a good idea and registering them isn't either. The criminals will follow neither of the two, but us good decent citizens who don't want to be considered felons, we would. Therefore when the time came, it would only be US the government KNOWS has guns.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 01/02/13 - 12:43 am
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You raise a great point

You raise a great point MyFather. Whenever a layer of bureaucracy is added, it's a bad thing. They can't do it properly, and are down right offended when a “mere” taxpayer suggest they are not fullfilling they're duties.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/02/13 - 08:25 am
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Mark my words...

With the government comes red tape. How many people that post here know someone that had to get a lawyer to get their SSI after being denied 3 or 4 times? Just wait until obamacare gets rolled out in full. I would be willing to bet you will be knee deep in lawyers or you will die trying....

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