Gun Control Debate - Braidwood, IL

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Coal City Three

Morris, IL

#1 Sep 25, 2010
handguns don't kill people--bullets do. It is amazing how people misconstue the 2nd amendment to promote gun ownership.

Itasca, IL

#3 Sep 26, 2010
it's not the guns fault! also the do really think the bad guys are gonna follow these gun laws? they havent yet and just because the law says you can't have one do you think they are gonna give them up? once again gun laws only effect the people that follow the law.

Itasca, IL

#4 Sep 26, 2010
gun bans are intended to reduce gun crimes, right? who follows the law? the good guys! any new gun laws only effect the good guys. what stops the bad guys from breaking current gun laws now? nothing. banning handguns is just another weak attempt to disarm the us citizens. it is our right to own arms, not just the arms the gov. thinks are o.k.! OUT OF MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!!
Shady Lady

Barrington, IL

#5 Sep 27, 2010
Liberal Democrats always leave out part of the 2nd amendment to make a phony case against owning a gun, or several if I so choose. The people have a right to keep, and bear arms, and that right shall not be infringed upon by some Democrats that would like nothing better then to take over the whole U S. When the people fear the Government you have tyranny. When the Government fears the people you have Democracy. There is something about knowing there are 100,000,000 guns owned by a free people that is a little scary even to the most tryanical politician.
fed up

Itasca, IL

#6 Sep 27, 2010
right on shady lady, i love it cause it's so true!!!
Festus from Wilmatucky


#7 Sep 27, 2010
I have GREAT gun control, wherever I aim one of my 19 guns, the bullet is under MY control !!
Superior Firepower

King Of Prussia, PA

#8 Sep 28, 2010
I do not have to explain my right to own a firearm to anyone. The second amendment does that for me.
Shady Lady

Mchenry, IL

#9 Sep 28, 2010
Gun control is a good, steady aim!!

Wilmington, IL

#10 Sep 29, 2010
Every American shoud have the right to responsibly own a handgun.
Shady Lady

United States

#11 Sep 29, 2010
Every American does have the right to keep, and bear arms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment.

Boca Raton, FL

#12 Sep 29, 2010
They will get around it by not selling the bullets anymore. And you can keep ur guns. So stock up peeps
Shady Lady

United States

#13 Sep 29, 2010
That wouldn't withstand Constitutional muster. It is really only the Democrats that want to disarm us. If we stop electing them we can keep our guns.

United States

#14 Sep 29, 2010
keep the guns boys
history repeats

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Sep 30, 2010
Crime up Down Under
Since Australia's gun ban, armed robberies increase 45%
Posted: March 03, 2000
1:00 am Eastern
By Jon E. Dougherty
Since Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent, prompting critics of U.S. gun control efforts to issue new warnings of what life in America could be like if Congress ever bans firearms.
After Australian lawmakers passed widespread gun bans, owners were forced to surrender about 650,000 weapons, which were later slated for destruction, according to statistics from the Australian Sporting Shooters Association.
The bans were not limited to so-called "assault" weapons or military-type firearms, but also to .22 rifles and shotguns. The effort cost the Australian government about $500 million, said association representative Keith Tidswell.
Though lawmakers responsible for passing the ban promised a safer country, the nation's crime statistics tell a different story:
Countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent;
Assaults are up 8.6 percent;
Amazingly, armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent;
In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent;
In the 25 years before the gun bans, crime in Australia had been dropping steadily;
There has been a reported "dramatic increase" in home burglaries and assaults on the elderly.
At the time of the ban, which followed an April 29, 1996 shooting at a Port Arthur tourist spot by lone gunman Martin Bryant, the continent had an annual murder-by-firearm rate of about 1.8 per 100,000 persons, "a safe society by any standards," said Tidswell. But such low rates of crime and rare shootings did not deter then-Prime Minister John Howard from calling for and supporting the weapons ban.
Since the ban has been in effect, membership in the Australian Sporting Shooters Association has climbed to about 112,000 -- a 200 percent increase.
Australian press accounts report that the half a million-plus figure of weapons turned in to authorities so far only represents a tiny fraction of the guns believed to be in the country.
According to one report, in March 1997 the number of privately-held firearms in Australia numbered around 10 million. "In the State of Queensland," for example, the report said only "80,000 guns have been seized out of a total of approximately 3 million, a tiny fraction."
And, said the report, 15 percent of the more than half a million guns collected came from licensed gun dealers.
Moreover, a black market allegedly has developed in the country. The report said about 1 million Chinese-made semi-automatics, "one type of gun specifically targeted by the new law," have been imported and sold throughout the country.
Glenn Anderson

Des Moines, IA

#16 Sep 30, 2010
The second Amendment read it!

Roselle, IL

#17 Oct 2, 2010
There are over 20,000 gun laws in this country. Given that criminals have little difficulty obtaining firearms, I think it would be safe to say they are pretty ineffective. The only persons who obey gun laws are non-criminals.

Anchorage, AK

#18 Oct 3, 2010
Coal City Three wrote:
handguns don't kill people--bullets do. It is amazing how people misconstue the 2nd amendment to promote gun ownership.
It's amazing how people can't comprehend who's rights are addressed in the 2nd Amendment.
Shady Lady

United States

#19 Oct 3, 2010
The rights of the people to keep, and bear arms shall not be infringed. Got it. It is simple enough even for a Liberal.
thats funny

Fayetteville, NC

#20 Oct 15, 2010
I love shoothing my hand gun and we have the right to protect ourselves. Anyone who beleives banning hand guns will keep them out of criminals hands are blind.
Shady Lady

Barrington, IL

#21 Oct 15, 2010
Maybe we need to ban the criminals instead of guns. We coddle our criminals. We need to keep them in jail. You cannot rehab them. They get out they commit the same crimes.

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