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Nation needs to talk gun ownership
December 18, 2012 - Jim Smith
Is it time for a meaningful discussion of expanding gun control in the United States?
While I am a gun advocate and own several firearms of various types and caliber, it seems logical to me there needs to be a national dialogue on the ownership and possession of firearms.
It seems logical there should be stricter controls on background checks on all purchases of firearms, including at gun shows. It also seems logical those who have known mental issues and/or are being treated for known mental issues should be barred from owning or possessing firearms, just as those who have a felony record are banned from such ownership.
The National Rifle Association won't support it, but it also seems logical that certain types of ammunition and assault-type weapons have no place in the civilian populace. Such weapons and types of ammunition are intended for military use, not deer, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, etc. hunting. In fact, such weapons were banned until Congress allowed the law banning them to expire.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned curtailments of gun ownership, with the exception of ownership of AR-15s, would not have stopped the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The NRA argument will be banning any weapons begins the slippery slope of banning all weapons and possession of such weapons is needed for personal protection and to keep government at bay. I don't agree. A double-barrel or pump-action shotgun probably is better for home protection for most people and doesn't require the same training or skill level as an assault rifle on handgun.
The NRA and pro-gun groups will argue when some firearms are banned, only crooks will have firearms. That may be true, but I don't need a 30-round AR-15 under my coat to defend myself and my family.
Whatever the argument for or against expanded gun control, there needs to be a reasonable discussion of the issues, which unfortunately seems unlikely considering the emotions surrounding gun ownership, the general temperament of society and the rancor of politics.
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