You can see I have been blessed by having some great second fathers/mentors during my 30-year Hall of Fame CAD/Reprographics career. I promised him I would get back to him with my reply. I have been thinking for several hours and have come up with this response: (Caveat, driving is a privilege. To quote a mentor of mine, "Consider, if you will, putting the same restrictions on the right to due process of law and the freedoms of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition. I think you will agree that is not a path we should go down..." I agree with him. A fellow candidate for POTUS doesn't seem to share this belief) - I now return you to my response:
Once there was a man who was found dead on the side of the road. Soon, a woman was found dead a few towns over. Before you know it, others were dying or being injured. It became clear pretty quickly what the culprit was when a victim was found with the offending device. The device in question? A car, the automobile. Soon, people realized we need to regulate this new device. Put limits on where and how fast it can go. Start requiring training for its use. Require testing on the user's ability to operate the device. Start tracking the owner of the device, putting a number on a plate and attaching it to the device. Issuing a piece of paper that shows authorities the operator has the privilege of operating said device.
Opponents of gun control use the argument that their guns will be taken away. I haven't seen a rush to take cars away. Another argument is that the government or other people will know who has guns. We know you have a car from the fact you have a driveway or a garage. We can see you drive your car.
Gun control will never prevent every mass shooting like Orlando. I am not advocating Gun Control out of an emotional response to the terrible event there. For years I have wanted a system in place that might save a family from being shot by a parent, or someone taking their own life, or someone to accidentally get shot.
If a person is hell-bent on killing others, and has no respect for their life or the law, they are going to attempt to do what they want to do. No law is ever going to stop someone who has no concern for their own well-being or the possibility of prison time or other consequences for their actions. There is a lot of truth in "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns!"
To answer my friend's questions:
"David, what is the logical goal of the gun control crowd?"
I can't speak for the crowd. I can only speak for myself. I want to save every life possible. From homicide, suicide or accident. I want more stringent background checks, I want better training. I want more punitive laws for having a gun illegally.
"Ask yourself why so many individuals who have shown violence and used firearms to commit violent acts continue to be released back into the public." I agree! I have asked for years why we put so many people in prison for drugs but not for violent crimes? Why does someone get life for drugs and 12 months for rape? 30 years for drugs but 1 year for illegal possession of a handgun? Lets put the people who can do us physical harm in prison longer than those who are only harming themselves. Lets get those people help with their issues. Lets punish harsher those harming people.
"Then why not hold the many gun control groups to that same point?"
I do. When I ran for State Senate the NRA sent me a questionnaire on my stance on issues pertaining to guns. I threw it away. I hate how our government is run by leaders who's very existence in office depends on their ability to raise money. In my opinion, the NRA is a great example of that (along with Big Oil, Pharma, Defense Contractors, Big Farming, Insurance Companies and etc...) NRA spending money? http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000082 $31 million in 2014 Election Cycle. Can we get together as a country and find some common ground and create some common-sense, enforceable, laws on the purchase and use of a gun? We seemed to have accomplished that for the car.
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David, 4.5? I am against arbitrary laws passed dealing with the type of weapon or the capacity of a magazine. Not only does the Bill of Rights cover that but where does one draw that line? I am for trying to limit the access of guns for some people who may have either forfeited their right to own one or do not need to own one for their own good or someone else's. Wait David, where do we draw that line? Mental health issues. Past behavior. Harsher penalties for illegal use of a firearm. I do not profess to having all the answers but I give you my word I will work hard with people more versed on this topic to get some.
I have been to Baltimore several times. I love the city, the waterfront. Camden Yards with some Boog's Bar-B-Cue. Sadly, it has a lot of people getting shot: Arrests in Baltimore for illegal guns often lead to dropped charges or little jail time Quote: Daniel Webster, a Johns Hopkins University professor who studies guns and has been consulting with city leaders, says the criminal justice system has been re-examining sentencing and bails, and not everyone deserves lengthy prison time. At the same time, he said, research shows "focusing on gun offenders very consistently, when done well, correlates with fewer people getting shot." End Quote. One of my Gun-Control ideas? Put people in jail for having guns illegally. What do you think about this idea? If you are a convicted felon and you are caught with a firearm, two years in prison for first offense, five for second and ten for third. Non-Felons caught with an illegal firearm one year for first offense, then two, five and ten. We need some deterrent to make people think twice about picking up a gun. If they do, we have some time of some people not getting shot while someone is in a prison cell thinking of he decision they made.
Over the years laws have been enacted preventing convicted felons from owning a gun, Can a Felon Own a Gun? 5 Loopholes in Federal Law I don't see the word FELON in the Second Amendment but laws have been passed that infringed on their right to gun ownership. Those who want handguns made illegal, how has making drugs illegal or DUI illegal worked out? I don't agree with the zero regulation people either. The people talking about assault rifles and large capacity magazines, please check out the video below of a lady giving testimony to a U.S. Senate committee about her experience losing her parents in the Luby's Restaurant shooting and watch her demonstrate how quickly one can reload a handgun and the legitimate use someone had for an AR-15 a few years ago. I want both sides of the argument to drop the vitriolic tone and lets try to reach some common ground on some meaningful Gun Control Laws. No law is going to prevent a person from doing a terrible thing in a free society. If we can reduce gun violence in Chicago... If we can reduce the number of times a toddler is either shot or accidentally shoots someone, or prevent some suicides from taking place, that is a good thing.
My Stance? If 0 mean no guns and 5 means no regulations I am about a 4.5 on that scale. I understand the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment. The key is the definition of infringed.
to do something that does not obey or follow (a rule, law, etc.) ( chiefly US )
: to wrongly limit or restrict (something, such as another person's rights)
One of the three men who molded me as a person, who acted like a father to me, wrote this in response to a Facebook post I put on another friend's Facebook page.
"David, what is the logical goal of the gun control crowd? Lets look at another issue. When the transgender movement really got traction many people warned of unintended consequences, such as "males" competing in female sports. Now we have had exactly that where a "male" in Alaska has given the girls a loss of their sport after he made history by winning their track meet and receiving All-State Honors In Girls Track And Field. With your background you should know the cost of Liberty is not cheap and liberty is rarely served by more government. I would suggest that instead of pointing fingers at the NRA we would be better served by pointing at those who would commit these acts. Ask yourself why so many individuals who have shown violence and used firearms to commit violent acts continue to be released back into the public. The NRA is not the enemy. You say, " NRA spends a lot of money where it could go to other things like free gun safety classes or free open carry schools." Then why not hold the many gun control groups to that same point?"
I shared my views on Gun Control during a debate with a fellow teacher versus two students:
Two Supreme Court decisions have weighted in on the issue: District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago SCOTUS ruled in favor of both Heller and McDonald, "Court reasoned that rights that are "fundamental to the Nation's scheme of ordered liberty" or that are "deeply rooted in this Nation's history and tradition. The Court recognized in Heller that the right to self-defense was one such "fundamental" and "deeply rooted" right"
We need to find out what Switzerland is doing, The Swiss Difference: A Gun Culture That Works "Switzerland trails behind only the U.S, Yemen and Serbia in the number of guns per capita; between 2.3 million and 4.5 million military and private firearms are estimated to be in circulation in a country of only 8 million people. Yet, despite the prevalence of guns, the violent-crime rate is low: government figures show about 0.5 gun homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010. By comparison, the U.S rate in the same year was about 5 firearm killings per 100,000 people, according to a 2011 U.N. report."
We definitely have to do something about the home of my beloved Cubs, Chicago! Chicago shooting victims ,
Tracking Chicago shooting victims and Chicago Girl Who Performed at Obama’s Inauguration Killed in Shooting This is wrong! I don't know the answer(s), but I promise you as president, I will try to find some! Chicago’s Murder Problem. We have got to find a way to keep things like this from happening! Girl, 9, who asked if cops could keep her safe dies and Paulding County child killed after accidentally shooting himself. Someone in Chicago is tying to do something: Urban Warriors: Stemming the tide of street violence
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New gun control law targets Chicago violence Great start, but what about people who illegally possess guns? The BUYERS?