ANSWERS: 48
  • Of course it should, but the "Right to bear arms" and the NRA make it highly unlikely that it ever will be.
  • I am in favor of guns that have electronic sensors which can only be fired by the owner of the firearm and more stringent screening process to get one. The penalty for owning an unregistered gun of without a censor should be harsh. The government will refit your currently registered gun with this censor at no charge during the 180 day amnesty period.
  • absolutly not. Its not like the criminals are going to obey that law, so why make their job safer? besides all that, an unarmed man is not a citizen, he is a subject.
  • Of course. Oh, I know someone will say "people can always get hold of a gun" but....If even one life is saved because someone does not have access to a gun, then it is worth the legislation.
  • The second amendment starts "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...". All gun owners should be required to attend, with *all* their guns, one day of training per year to check that both they and their guns are safe. Any guns not presented annually are illegal and owning them is an offence. Legitimate gun owners should have no problem with this. Illegal guns will then become criminal without persecutineg legal gun ownere. The fools who buy cheap guns will have a minimum of safety trainign, and there is a chance that someone will spot the psychoes.
  • No it should not. Gun control does not work and it does not reduce crime.
  • isn't this another way to take freedom?
  • In Australia about ten years ago, we had a terrible shooting incident in Tasmainia. As a result the govenment had a gun amnesty. Our laws have been tightened, and our incidents of shootings have all but disappared (touch wood). We have not suffered for our tough gun legislation. I dont see why this can not happen in America.
  • absolutely not.
  • No way. The government wants this to protect themselves form the citizens who are becoming restless, as they should well be.
  • different cultures point to different thinking... i live in wyoming small city named Casper here was once recognized as the gunsmith capitol of the united states. here, we learn about shooting when we can walk want to know how often we actualy have gun related deaths? one of the least in the nation. why? because the criminals KNOW the citizens have guns too, and can shoot probably better than they can. everyone one knows if you pick up that firearm, the intent is to use it. when it is assumed that the use of a firearm in a criminal act WILL get you shot... the criminals think twice. and to some of us, that weapon is a livelyhood, i personal know a few that make their living using them. legally. we belive and have yet to be proved wrong, that proper education in the use of firearms, eliminates 99% of the reasons to use them. and when most of the populace already has multiple weapons.. how in the hell are you going to take them away? the people that enforce the laws here refuse to take that U.S. constitutional right away. the law makers and those that were victimized in places like new york and LA, arethe ones that want the gun laws tightened, because they believe taking a weapon away from person intent on commiting a crime, will not still do the crime. it is not the weapon that is the problem, it is the person who does the act that is.
  • Hey it's not guns that kill people it's those damn little bullets. BAN BULLETS!. No actually proper education is the key. I love hearing those 90 yr. old woman beats/shoots intruder stories.
  • I think it is too late for the US to do anything about this now. The time to act was 50 years ago. The best thing the US could do would be to restrict the sale of arms to a few government run stores, maybe 1 per 10 million people. And restrict the sale of ammunitions to a reasonable amount. Also maybe keep track of who is using what ammo. Its a difficult thing to be accurate about, but as the country with the worlds highest rate of gun related murders something really needs to be done.
  • It would have to exist in reality before it could be tightened.
  • Yes! Absolutely! We are wasting far to much Ammunition! We need to have better Control of Our "Shot Placement"!!! In order to do this we should Adopt the Swedish System whereby the National Defense is Secured by Teaching High School & College Students Military Doctrine Including Marksmanship and then they serve a Mandatory 2 years in the Military. They also Arm the Citizens & have they Qualify periodically. No wonder they are such a Peaceful Country, they are REALISTS!!! John
  • It should be severely tightened ..Think of it this way,most gun owners could easily panic under stressful situations and shoot someone then be charged with murder themselves.I have seen this happen on the news.If one does not own a gun this sort of incident would not happen . They could get in the hands of children and teenagers as well.One can easily get an itchy finger when there is a gun at hand and accidentally shoot it and kill. Statistics have shown when you don't have a gun handy ,that you are much less likely to get shot.Mostly crooks want your money,and is the money in your pocket or house worth someone getting shot,either them or you. Societies with strict gun laws have very few deaths from shooting than the US.Statistics mean little when one is dead.
  • Yes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_massacre We had a school shooting in Tasmania a while back, and the PM banned all automatics. We haven't had any since. The same thing would probably work in America... unless you're willing to admit it's a cultural problem.
  • definetly i think we should use guns when someones trying to kidnap you or a burgalur going in your house if a gun doesnt work buy a guard dog or cat from the pet store
  • I think they should be outlawed..I know that it is in the American constitution and all..but mine is a Canadian perspective where guns are illegal..The US has a death rate by gun shots 14.5 times higher than Canada....something to think about at least!...but this is an opinion question and this is my opinion:)
  • In my opinion, since guns are an equalizer, one of two things needs to happen for crime rates to go down, because right now there is no equality, some people have guns, and some people don't. They either need to be completely outlawed for public use, or everyone needs to have one. In the first case, it needs to be followed up with SEVERE penalties for those caught with guns. In the second case, I think there are more inherently good people out there than bad, as a result I think after a while criminals would get the hint that they are pretty much screwed. Even little gramma walking down the dark alley is no longer an easy mark. Guns aren't the root problem in America however, people have to start looking at what is making people use them instead of just attacking guns, that's pretty much the same problem we have with our health care, we attack the symptoms but not the disease.
  • I don't think so, I believe EVERY American should be allowed to carry a firearm. Then with any luck you will all shoot yourselves and then the world may, NO WILL, become a better place.
  • I heard an interesting thing on NPR the other day. In England where there is no guns among the population, the rate of murder by poisoning is unbelieveably high. Seems the rate of crime is the same. Only the weapons used changes. Maybe we are argueing the wrong thing here.
  • It seems strange that the people who bash us for having the freedom to own guns are from countries that we rescued from the Nazis and communists. A gun can be the best equalizer,if someone were breaking into your home would you rather have a cop on the phone or a gun in your hand?
  • and i am retired from the national guard... which is what the militia from the time of the writting of that amendment became...
  • THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A COMMENT TO 'COMMON SENSE' ON ANOTHER ANSWER..SORRY PUT IT IN THE WRONG PLACE. I dunno--this is where I got my data from: Canada-US Comparison Canada has always had stronger firearms regulation than the United States, particularly with respect to handguns. In Canada, handguns have been licensed and registered since the 1930’s, ownership of guns has never been regarded as a right and several court rulings have reaffirmed the right of the government to protect citizens from guns. Handgun ownership has been restricted to police, members of gun clubs or collectors. Very few (about 50 in the country) have been given permits to carry handguns for "self-protection." This is only possible if an applicant can prove that their life is in danger and the police cannot protect them. As a result, Canada has roughly 1 million handguns while the United States has more than 76 million. While there are other factors affecting murder, suicide and unintentional injury rates, a comparison of data in Canada and the United States suggests that access to handguns may play a role. While the murder rate without guns in the US is roughly equivalent (1.8 times) to that of Canada, the murder rate with handguns is 14.5 times the Canadian rate. The costs of firearms death and injury in the two countries have been compared and estimated to be $495 (US) per resident in the United States compared to $195 per resident in Canada.
  • only if you just wanted the Bad people to have all the guns.
  • I've argued this point way to many times, but here we go again :). Gun control should not be tightened, and guns should most definitely not be banned as been suggested millions of times before on this site. Why? #1-It's not possible, with America's gun loving culture, millions upon millions of unmarked and unregistered guns, and millions of people unwilling to compromise on the issue, it would never happen. #2-The constitution allows people to have the personal liberty to own a gun, while the constitution may only matter to liberals (I can't believe I said that, I use to be a liberal) when it's convienent, that doesn't change the fact that it protects our liberties. The founders knew what they were talking about, look at the huge amounts of advise they left us! They felt this was so important they put it into the bill of rights! The right to own a firearm is a universal right granted to americans, and should not be infringed upon unless in grave circumstances. #3-Criminals don't care about laws, thats what makes them criminals! What reason do criminals have to give up their guns? #4-Todays culture makes people feel that they have the right to own guns (which they do) I can tell you that I would not give up my personal fire arms if it became law, and I know millions of people feel the same way. Theres more, but thats the basic gist of it.
  • Yes. Tighten my grip on the handle so that the gun doesn't jump out of my hand when I shoot it.
  • No it should not. Gun control = hitting your target
  • no. people with no common sense should not be able to have them
  • No. There are already over 20,000 gun control laws and they have not done anything to stem gun violence in the United States. Criminals do not follow gun control laws, they are only a burden for law-abiding gun owners.
  • It wouldn't matter. It's not the guns that are the problem.
  • the only gun control necessary is hitting the bad guy with the first shot.
  • I've lived in parts of the US where calling 911 would mean waiting 30mins plus before a cop could get there... that is if he (the only one) wasn't already busy. Another interesting fact is that the Supreme Court has determined that police do not have an obligation to protect an individual. There obligation is to the community as a whole, not the individual. Considering these little items makes anyone foolish to depend on someone else for the protection of their family.
  • Considering that guns (firearms of any kind) are human's most shameful invention, tightening gun control would be like thinking that the common band-aid can cure cancer.
  • This is the bottom line. Gun control only prevents law abiding citizens from owning guns. Criminals get their guns by robbing houses and stealing them. The only tightening of gun control that should happen is to make sure every gun owner has a gun safe with no glass...all metal. I talked to a career criminal who said every time he saw a safe he didn't even bother.
  • only on illigally obtained guns.
  • NO it is already too tight.If any thing I think it needs to loosen up.
  • Of course it should be tightened up, this isn't the 1700's. In Canada our gun related deaths are a fraction of what they are in the States. A few years ago Detroit had more than 600 one year, Toronto with double the population had 60. I often visit family in the U.S. My brother-in -law in Phoenix is a died in the wool NRA member and advocate of keeping guns. That being said, it's easy to be critical when I don't live there but I do find it scary.
  • as a law i dont think in the u.k we are allowed to have guns unless you have a licence which gives you permission to hunt animals. and i think...thats all we are allowed them for. waaay less gun crime over here...at the most once or twice a year i may have heard that someone has got shot over in the u.k. its crazy.
  • NO! NO! and NO! Most people do not realize but the major gun control laws written for the USA are word for word taken from Adolf Hitler's gun control laws prior to WWII for Germany. The results of which we know what happened when the guns were taken away from the people! People believe it is just the criminals who will have guns they do not think about the situations that can and will happen here in the USA. Don't say it can't happen it can very easily IF you understand what is going on with the shadow government of the USA.
  • If they tighten them any more, they are liable to choke all of us.
  • There are adequate rules and laws in place. There are just some things that have no simple solution, and guns in the U.S. is one of those things. There are many more things in our homes that are much more dangerous than a gun. Concentrate on those now.
  • No, gun control is fine. Not sure how to control the illegal sale of guns which is the problem.
  • Gun control is too tight as it is. Guns aren't the problem, the criminals are the problem and we need to keep them in check.
  • Nope, and thank goodness the Supreme Court ruled that we as citizens have the right to bear arms!
  • A firm grip is always best when taking aim.
  • No, increasing gun control is almost directly placing more guns in the hands of criminals and limiting the gun ownership of law abiding citizens, whom gun control really only applies to. Gun Education is what should be focused on.

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