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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #52)

Tue Sep 6, 2016, 04:50 PM

54. I'm going to say some things but don't take my word for it. Poll my fellow RKBA advocates.

I'm not comfortable speaking for anyone but myself but I do believe I will fairly represent most everyone else and I invite you to ask them.

* We support the background system found in NICS and would like to see it expanded to allow private sellers to check on their own.

* We would like to see better funding and management of NICS as many of the more high profile incidents were a gun was purchased through a FFL slipped through the system because of failure to report/track a disqualified individual.

* Better mental health care for those in danger of suicide.

* Maintain or increase penalties for those who knowingly make transfers to disqualified persons.

* Confront inner city poverty that drives young people into the gangs that fuel the majority of the drugs and crimes involving guns. Considering a significant/tragic percentage of the inner city youth have criminal records that destroy their prospects of a better life it seems that having more life destroying laws will only perpetuate the iron pipeline

* re-examine the war on drugs (speaking of how prohibitions don't work)

I'm certain I've overlooked an idea or two.

These aren't just red herrings tossed out to muddy the waters. You've already seen the links showing 2/3 of gun deaths are suicides. Of the remaining 40% of criminal gun uses the overwhelming majority are by those with established criminal histories. The "virgin killer" just snapping one day is pretty much a myth.

A gun is just a thing, it only fires if the person holding it intentionally makes it fire or there is negligence. For those who intentionally act with malicious/hurtful purpose we need to stop them before it rises to the level of violence. In the case of negligence we need better awareness akin to the campaign to stop drunk drivers and make that sort of recklessness socially unacceptable.

In return RKBA advocates ask for very little apart from things such as interstate reciprocity and no bans based on presumption of guilt.

Again, I invite you to not take my word for it. Please ask the others.

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