As with my previous posts on Energy and US Politics, today’s post is essentially just a random list of beliefs I hold on a specific topic. There really is no specific purpose behind this post, other than it happens to be an idea I had to collect some thoughts for a more thorough article some time later…
- When I was younger, I did shoot guns, and was “in” to weapons (as many of my toys from childhood could attest during my teens).
- I will almost certainly never own a gun, or allow a gun into my home.
- Based on the US Constitution, I believe that citizens have the right to own guns, and I have no desire to take away that right for those who choose to own them.
- But there should be certain limits (I have a few specifically in mind).
- Armor piercing bullets should be banned
- Automatic weapons should be banned
- Those convicted of gun related crimes should NEVER be allowed to own a gun again, and those convicted of other violent crimes, it should be up to the discretion of a judge (those convicted of drug crimes or other non-violent crimes should not have their ability to own a gun taken away)
- Gun locks (and/or gun safes) should be mandatory
- If a minor has access to and uses your gun to commit a crime, you should never be allowed to own a gun again
If you have an argument for why a citizen (not military or police) should need armor piercing bullets, or a gun that can fire of dozens or hundreds of shots a minute, or an argument against locking up weapons when not in use, feel free to contribute
- Citizens owning guns does NOT help reduce crime.
- Citizens owning guns DOES occasionally lead to violence that otherwise would not have happened.
- The slogan “if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns”, while catchy, is ignorant.
- The idea that citizens need guns in order to form militias so that the US Government (i.e military) does not get “out of control” is asinine. If every (non-military) citizen of the US using every gun currently available tried to take on the US military in a coup/civil war, there would be 300 million less Americans after the fight, and the military would win. Get over the concept that a militia could stage an effective coup in this day and age…