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Gun Dialog?

Tom Tomorrow
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Why is it that we keep having the same stupid conversation over and over again? Is there no room for compromise?

I believe that the second amendment does give people the right to own guns. But no right is absolute. The right to free speech does not give people the right to yell “Fire” in a crowded theatre. But gun nuts, egged on by the manufacturers, seem to think that any restriction (no matter how trivial) on their right to own and carry guns is completely unconstitutional. Even closing huge loopholes in current laws is verboten.

So far, in this year alone (which is not over yet) we have had 255 mass shootings in the US. That’s just crazy.

There are plenty of laws we could pass that would not unduly restrict people’s right to own guns, and which could help reduce the number of gun deaths in the US. In fact, states that have passed such laws have seen the number of gun deaths drop.

It is time we had a real conversation about this, where both sides are willing to compromise.



  1. Molly Peeples wrote:

    I heartily endorse the regulation of guns. When I lived in Kenya (East Africa) after the period of Mau Mau, that country regulated guns by making would-be buyers take a test to prove that they could tell an animal from a human, then held the owner to account for the gun and for every piece of ammunition before they could buy new ammunition. The owner was held liable if gun or ammunition were stolen. They succeeded; we don’t.

    Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  2. rk wrote:

    I got into a debate with a gun-nut on FB last week. She insisted that the second amendment should have not restrictions, while readily admitting that other amendments could have restrictions.

    They seem to have a religious hold on their beliefs. I just don’t get it. 🙁

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 10:06 am | Permalink
  3. John wrote:

    There IS the phrase, “well-regulated,” which seems to be very conveniently ignored.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink