An employee with a holstered .45 handgun stands behind the counter Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Caswells Shooting Range in Mesa, Ariz. On Monday, April 5, 2010, Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law two bills supported by gun-rights activists. One of the bills signed Monday would broaden the state's current restrictions on local governments' ability to regulate or tax guns and ammunition. The other bill declares that guns manufactured entirely in Arizona are exempt from federal oversight and are not subject to federal laws restricting the sale of firearms or requiring them to be registered. (AP Photo/Matt York)
To use an old cliche, when you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. By definition, criminals don't pay any attention to the law so why would they obey any laws banning guns? Remember how well banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol worked?
That said, I do agree with extensive background checks. Violent criminals, juveniles or anyone unable to comprehend reality should not have a gun.
- Melanie Clark
I am not anti-gun. I'm a proficient user. The Second Amendment certainly speaks to the right to keep and bear arms. I'm interested in a clear explanation as to why a private citizen needs an assault rifle, armor piercing rounds and high capacity clips, other than just "because."
- Ed Hammer
The proposals aren't knee-jerk, but they are a retread of policies that haven't worked in the past and won't work again. Background checks don't prevent bad guys from getting guns - they get them from other bad guys. "Assault" rifles are essentially low-power deer rifles with cosmetic changes. Ten-round magazines would eliminate a huge number of handguns people use for legitimate self-defense.
- William Meyer
The Second Amendment does not say anything about hunting. Maybe the anti-gun crowd should read it.
- Greg Milkowski
A "well-regulated militia" - the right to bear arms, which has been and will continue to be limited, licensed and controlled.
Compare that with the reality of gun violence, with 30-plus people murdered with firearms daily, mass shootings at schools, churches, malls and movie theaters with weapons and high-capacity clips and magazines.
Time to recognize that besides the Second Amendment rights, we also have numerous examples of Second Amendment wrongs. We need to deal with the fact that the weapons in question provide a serious threat to the lives of citizens and respond like real patriots.
- John Enk
It is very naive to think that banning the so-called "assault rifles" and "high-capacity magazines" would lay the gun-grabbers' agenda to rest. What might be next for "commonsense gun laws" would be a banning of all semi-automatic weapons, including the old faithful Browning shotgun. Then how about those pump shotguns? They can rapidly spew forth five rounds with hundreds - hundreds, I tell you! - of pellets!
- John Kriewaldt
I say make it all even more expensive. Tax the hell out of guns and ammunition. We can find a way to accommodate true sportsmen and -women through exclusions or credits for hunting license applications. That won't solve the entire problem but it sure would help.
- Russ Schleicher
The problem is gun control only takes guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. Criminals do not care. I can agree with better background checks and stiff penalites for lying on a background check, but those are laws already on the books that are not being enforced. Enforce the laws that are already there. We do not need new laws.
- Greg Hartwig
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