Post # 1
Seems to be a lot of controversial issues on the ‘Bee in the last week or so, so what’s one more:
What are your views on gun control / gun rights? What has caused you to come to this conclusion? What is your experience on this topic?
Post # 3
Wow. How many hours have you sepent arguing about controversial topics today?
I am very pro-gun control. I actually took part in a government debate club in school that spent a month researching and focusing on this issue. The pros and cons are way too detailed to get into in a chat thread, however.
Post # 4
You’re missing an important option in that poll: I’m Canadian, and, politics and laws aside, think that Americans are cray-cray when it comes to guns.
Post # 5
Also very pro-gun control… because guns are bad.
Technically I own about a dozen guns because FH does and they’re lying all over the house. Hasn’t changed my opinion.
Post # 6
I think that people should know gun safety and how to properly shoot a gun…. just in case of the zombie apocalypse.
Seriously though, its not the people with legal firearms that Im worried about.
Post # 7
My family is VERY anti firearms. Not a single member has ever owned a gun and and we’ve gotten along just fine. FI’s family, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. His dad is a card carrying member of the NRA and nearly every male in his family has their pistal permit (except for FI).
I respect their right to own firearms because they are all obtained legally and everyone is VERY responsible with them but that doesn’t mean that I like being around guns. FI and I lived with his parents for a few months in the beginning of our relationship and they made me very uncomfortable.
I shot my first gun a few years ago and I absolutely hated the feeling. It’s something that I hope to never do again.
Post # 8
Just a note: I know that there’s a huge cultural difference on this topic.
I grew up in the country. Most everyone hunts; it’s how they get a good portion for the food for the year. I was raised around various types of guns, I first started shooting when I was 6 or 7 years old. I was in 4-H and one of the projects offered that I took a couple years was “shooting sports” (among others: dog showmanship, horse showmanship, sewing, cooking, photography, etc.). It’s the norm for kids to take hunter safety as soon as they are old enough, age 12. I was raised to respect the useful and also potential danger of firearms (and tractors, and cattle, and powertools, etc.)
I’ve had the basic gun safety rules drilled into me every since I was a small child:
1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded
2. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to destroy/kill.
3. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
Now that I live in the city, I’ve found a lot of my peers have never even seen a gun in real life.
Post # 9
@UpstateCait: Wait, didn’t you start the “do you hunt” thread? I guess I assumed you were a hunter – am I mis-remembering that thread? hahaha…
Post # 10
@ddw: I did start that thread but it was about FI’s whole family hunting and me not being a huge fan of it.
Post # 11
Oh, I voted for no guns for anybody except for police/military, but I would have preferred Beluga’s option. 🙂
Post # 12
@UpstateCait: ooh that’s right – I remember now. That was so long ago!
Post # 13
WOW! 1, 4, 7, 1, 4, 7 It is split exactly in half. How cool is that?
Post # 14
Myself and my family are very big into the NRA and gun ownership. I belive everybody has a right to own a gun and if you’re going to own a gun you should know how to use it properly. Frankly, when FI and I get married we’re getting out of Illinois because we want to live in a state that will not take away our right to carry. lol Also, a few years ago, my wonderful brother gave me a .22 for Christmas!
ETA: I’d like to add that I DO believe in gun control…..it consists of holding the gun with both hands. 🙂
Post # 15
I voted for “I own a firearm, and support 2nd Amendment rights” – although I don’t actually own any guns myself, my dad and brother own 4 or 5 between them.
Having been around the two of them and been taught all about gun safety, I have a lot of respect for the power of guns and trust in the ability of people to use them safely. I actually really enjoy going out to the range with my brother and shooting!
Honestly – as a PP said – its not the people who have guns legally that I’m worried about anyways. And strict gun control/bans isn’t going to keep guns out of those people’s hands anyway – it will only keep them from the law abiding citizens who safely use them for other purposes.
Post # 16
I my state it was a royal pain in the ass (as an upstanding citizen with a squeaky clean record) to get a general permit – not even to carry concealed. But if I lived in Kansas for example, all I’d have to do is present a license b/c I’m a citizen and I could get a firearm. I’d be willing to be there are less homicides by firearms in KS than in MA. Food for thought.
After some guy tried to kick in my front door at 1:30am last year, I’m not asking any more questions.