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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 11:58 PM

4 arguments against gun control and why they’re bogus.

After the mass shooting of children and their teachers in the United States of America a few days ago, some may say it is too soon to make a political point out of a personal tragedy.

In reality, it is far, far too late. With the shooting deaths of 15 people at Columbine High School in 1999, 32 people at Virginia Tech University in 2007, 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre and seven people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple in the last six months alone, the moment to take action on the issue of gun control was before 26 people were shot to death by a gunman who also took his own life, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The gunman’s mother was also found dead in her Newtown home.

Other governments around the world have learned from such tragedies. Australia’s government introduced strict gun laws after the shooting deaths of 35 people in the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.

In the public debate on gun control, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and pro-gun activists rely on a few key arguments to justify an individual’s right to own firearms. But if you strip away the millions of dollars organisations like the NRA spend on selling these arguments, how persuasive are they?

Read more: http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/five-arguments-against-gun-control-and-why-theyre-bogus/

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Reply 4 arguments against gun control and why they’re bogus. (Original post)
Galraedia Dec 2012 OP
rhiannon55 Dec 2012 #1
ZombieHorde Dec 2012 #2
discntnt_irny_srcsm Dec 2012 #3

Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:10 AM

1. Excellent article

Thank you. K & R

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:12 AM

2. In my opinion, arguments one and four are well done.

Argument two is weak for the same reason all 2A arguments are weak. The Amendments mean what the courts say what they mean. We can't be wrong or right, we can only agree with current interpretation or disagree with current interpretation.

Argument three isn't terrible, but it doesn't really touch on hunting very well. Not every town is equipped to have a gun storage place. Some towns in Montana are really small. Ismay only has 19 residents. These towns are often populated by hunters.

Cheat sheet for those who don't want to go back and reference the article:
1) Guns don't kill people...
2) 2A
3) Sports and hunting
4) Safety

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:32 AM

3. All four arguments are flawed

Why not start by examining the shootings mentioned in the OP and what can be done about the root issues and causes there?

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