|QUOTE (Typhus @ Friday, Dec 14 2012, 14:42)|
| It may seem insensitive, and I'd rather not turn this into an argument, so if someone could answer me in the simplest terms possible:|
Given the high amount of crimes lax gun control has caused, what are the arguments against gun control?
Does it boil down to a simple matter of personal liberty? Or is the idea that personal gun ownership prevents the government from oppressing the people?
I'm not insulting anyone, I'm simply asking because - not to be disrespectful - but owning guns seems, at best, dangerous and, at worst, severely irresponsible.
I'd just like to understand why people want such awful weapons.
We have gun control in place now. Laws exist that require that a person submit to a background check when purchasing a firearm.
If you wish to carry that firearm you have to test and pass a certification that allows you to do so. You must not have any history of mental illness before your score on that test or the fact that you went to a class even matters.
When you are transporting a gun it must be locked in a case unloaded in the boot of your vehicle. If you keep a gun in the home it is required to be in a safe or at least have a trigger lock.
I'd say the measures we have are pretty reasonable. The problem is unreasonable people. Laws only affect those who chose to abide by them. Since criminals do not and there are as many sources of illegal guns as there are illegal narcotics it is foolish to presume prohibition is going to hurt anyone other then the law abiding population.
It's the old argument of ban guns and only the criminals will have them.
To further the example we have laws against breaking into homes. Come to my door and find it locked. You know you can't enter so you leave. A criminal just breaks the glass. The protection of law is an illusion. Harder gun control will do nothing to solve the issue.