Gun Control Debate - Anchorage, AK

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Since: Jun 10

Anchorage

#1 Sep 24, 2010
Unlike most of the rest of the country, my .454 Casull is part of my walk out of the woods alive kit.
Becca

Anchorage, AK

#2 Sep 25, 2010
Though they are causing harm in the hands of those Undeserving, using them for the wrong reasons, the rest of us who use them correctly shouldn't be punished. They are used in self defense, and for the range. Perhaps we can meet half way and make the Permit a MUST before anyone may own one.
Andrew Foster

Anchorage, AK

#3 Sep 27, 2010
Self-defense is a gift from God.
The state has no business preventing me from defending myself.
See Second Amendment.
R. Yates

Anchorage, AK

#4 Sep 28, 2010
I am a hunter, support self protection for family & self from the unlawful & perpetrators; I also am a retired law enforcement ofcr. The law abiding folks have & should beable to keep their constitutional rights to bear arms for the above reasons.

Since: Jan 10

Largo, Cal

#5 Sep 29, 2010
The right to bear arms.
Josh

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#6 Sep 30, 2010
You can't expect the police to show up at a moment's notice, and in the world we live in, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. There are bad people out there, people that will hurt or kill you. I'm not going to trust my life to a cell phone nor will I trust it to pepper spray.

Guns don't just kill/wound people, they scare people. And if someone breaks into your house, and you fire a round at them, they're most likely going to leave in a hurry. Who knows what they would do if you called 911 and had to wait 30 minutes or an hour for a responder.

There's no such thing as a bad gun, and there's no such thing as a good gun. A gun in the hands of a bad person is a terrible thing, but a gun in the hands of a good person can be a life saver. If we outlaw handguns, then the only people that will have them will be outlaws.

Since: Jan 10

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#7 Sep 30, 2010
Andrew Foster wrote:
Self-defense is a gift from God.
The state has no business preventing me from defending myself.
See Second Amendment.
Which God?
Dom

Cleveland, OH

#8 Oct 2, 2010
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

The right to self defense is a Human Right.

Since: Jan 10

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#9 Oct 6, 2010
Dom wrote:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The right to self defense is a Human Right.
The right to self defense doesn't imply "w/ a gun" anymore than it implies "w/ a nuclear bomb".

A well regulated militia? And who exactly regulates this militia? How many militia's are there? Who settles disputes between them?
Bill

Brighton, CO

#10 Oct 6, 2010
Iwmfu wrote:
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The right to self defense doesn't imply "w/ a gun" anymore than it implies "w/ a nuclear bomb".
A well regulated militia? And who exactly regulates this militia? How many militia's are there? Who settles disputes between them?
I don't care who regulates the militia. I don't care how many there are. What are they disputing over? I don't care because it has nothing to do with me. Just like if own a firearm it has nothing to do with you. Why do you care?
I guess when it comes to self defense. I'll will the intruder with a gun to fall a sleep. Or I'll grab a kitchen knife and hope the intruder is a bad shot. I was always told never bring a knife to a gun fight.

Since: Jan 10

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#11 Oct 7, 2010
Bill wrote:
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I don't care who regulates the militia. I don't care how many there are. What are they disputing over? I don't care because it has nothing to do with me. Just like if own a firearm it has nothing to do with you. Why do you care?
I guess when it comes to self defense. I'll will the intruder with a gun to fall a sleep. Or I'll grab a kitchen knife and hope the intruder is a bad shot. I was always told never bring a knife to a gun fight.
So you would feel more safe in an environment where everyone has an AK-47 slung around their neck?
Bill

Brighton, CO

#12 Oct 11, 2010
Iwmfu wrote:
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So you would feel more safe in an environment where everyone has an AK-47 slung around their neck?
Wake up. That's the way it is today. Every day you drive pass someone who is armed. And your still here. Why, because a high percentage of the population are law abiding citizens. Go interview some of your none law abiding citizens at your local jail. The individuals with convictions of crimes against person. Ask them if they would burglarize a home if they knew the homeowner was armed with a gun. I would guess 100% of them would say no. I had the same views as yours till I was about 25. Working as a cop changed mind quick. I will not be a victim. The problem with firearms is lack of education. The focus should be on educating people about firearm safety. I challenge you to find a law or a ban that prevented a crime for taking place. All laws do is give consequences to a specific act. There are already laws against murder and assault. I bet there is even one against suicide. What would a ban on firearms do? You have the law in place already for the crime. The criminal does not care.

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#13 Oct 13, 2010
Bill wrote:
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Wake up. That's the way it is today. Every day you drive pass someone who is armed. And your still here. Why, because a high percentage of the population are law abiding citizens. Go interview some of your none law abiding citizens at your local jail. The individuals with convictions of crimes against person. Ask them if they would burglarize a home if they knew the homeowner was armed with a gun. I would guess 100% of them would say no. I had the same views as yours till I was about 25. Working as a cop changed mind quick. I will not be a victim. The problem with firearms is lack of education. The focus should be on educating people about firearm safety. I challenge you to find a law or a ban that prevented a crime for taking place. All laws do is give consequences to a specific act. There are already laws against murder and assault. I bet there is even one against suicide. What would a ban on firearms do? You have the law in place already for the crime. The criminal does not care.
If your aim w/ your gun is anything like your aim w/ your words then no one is safe. I asked a VERY simple question. You blasted away and didn't even scrape it. You should be able to kill this w/ one shot from a drinking straw and a spit wad. I'll ask again.

Would feel more safe in an environment where everyone has an AK-47 slung around their neck?
Bill

Brighton, CO

#14 Oct 13, 2010
I don't have a problem with an AK-47 slung around anyone's neck. If someone has the desire to murder it does not matter how they do it. The act is the same. But because you can't dispute what laws really do, you respond with nonsense that has no point. The best you have is "One shot from a drinking straw". It was clear that I have no problem with people owning firearms and displaying that they have them. Are you aware that ATF reports show that 93% of firearms used in crimes were obtained illegally? Again what would a ban on firearms do?..... Have you found a law which PREVENTS crime? If you don't wish to own a firearm, GREAT..... Why do you care if I have a firearm and putting bans in place that would take my firearm away?

......You should be able to kill this w/ one shot from a drinking straw and a spit wad.

Since: Jan 10

Largo, Cal

#15 Oct 13, 2010
Iwmfu wrote:
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If your aim w/ your gun is anything like your aim w/ your words then no one is safe. I asked a VERY simple question. You blasted away and didn't even scrape it. You should be able to kill this w/ one shot from a drinking straw and a spit wad. I'll ask again.
Would feel more safe in an environment where everyone has an AK-47 slung around their neck?
The second amendment protects all your rights. Would you put a sign in your yard stating that your home does not contain firearms?

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#16 Oct 14, 2010
Bill wrote:
I don't have a problem with an AK-47 slung around anyone's neck.
Nuff said. I do.

However I'm willing to compromise. If you're willing to be responsible for your guns then I have no problem w/ you having them. If your gun is stolen and used to commit an act of violence or a crime, you are criminally responsible and forfeit all gun ownership rights. As you said 93% of guns are obtained illegally. You will also be required to periodically prove that you still have possession of any gun registered to you. If you can't produce the gun then you forfeit your right to own any future guns and must turn over all guns currently registered to you. You may check them out for temporary use so long as no gun registered to you has been used in any crime.

Deal?

Since: Jan 10

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#17 Oct 14, 2010
Ex-Ukiahian-Alaska wrote:
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The second amendment protects all your rights. Would you put a sign in your yard stating that your home does not contain firearms?
Based on this comment, you should be thankful that literacy and IQ testing are not required for gun ownership.

And yes, I would be more than happy to put that sign in my yard. Along w/ a sign saying I am God. Are you willing to break in and test the accuracy of that sign? Idiot.
Bill

Brighton, CO

#18 Oct 14, 2010
Iwmfu wrote:
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Nuff said. I do.
However I'm willing to compromise. If you're willing to be responsible for your guns then I have no problem w/ you having them. If your gun is stolen and used to commit an act of violence or a crime, you are criminally responsible and forfeit all gun ownership rights. As you said 93% of guns are obtained illegally. You will also be required to periodically prove that you still have possession of any gun registered to you. If you can't produce the gun then you forfeit your right to own any future guns and must turn over all guns currently registered to you. You may check them out for temporary use so long as no gun registered to you has been used in any crime.
Deal?
I cannot agree to that.
So you are aware I am a very responsible gun owner. Why would it be acceptable to hold someone criminally responsible if they were not involved in the criminal act. There is a difference between criminal activity and negligence.......I don't think you really mean what you stated. Under this thought process the following would also be acceptable.

Driver of stolen vehicle involved in a hit and run accident. Two people killed, suspect not yet identified and at large. Owner of stolen vehicle has been charged with negligent homicide for allowing his vehicle to be stolen.

Would the second part of your statement infringe on my Constitutional rights. My questions would be. Would it be criminal to not have in possession a firearm that is registered to you? What probable cause would the government need to conduct a search and seizure? Would being forced to prove that I am still in possession of a firearm be self incriminating?
Bill

Brighton, CO

#19 Oct 14, 2010
Dear Iwmfu,

I forgot to type the word "not" before the word registered in the last paragraph. Sorry.

I take it you still have not located a Law that has prevented a crime.

I have something else for you to look up and ponder. Hayes v. U.S.(390 U.S. 85, 1968) The U.S. Supreme ruled in the case that because it would be incriminating, a criminal cannot be required to register a gun or be charged with possession of an unregistered gun.
Ex-Ukiahian-Alas ka

Anchorage, AK

#20 Oct 15, 2010
Iwmfu wrote:
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Based on this comment, you should be thankful that literacy and IQ testing are not required for gun ownership.
And yes, I would be more than happy to put that sign in my yard. Along w/ a sign saying I am God. Are you willing to break in and test the accuracy of that sign? Idiot.
Reading comprehension,IQ and literacy...the topic was on handgun control and you jumped in with a comment about a AK-47. A AK-47 is considered a long-arm not a handgun/sidearm. I see that you haven't made your comments-posts public. How convenient.

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