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Control the Trigger and Take it in the Barrel.

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TristanCody Nov 7, 2012  Student Writer
Hello everyone,

I would first like to congratulate President Obama for his victory and give my condolences to Governor Romney for his loss this election year.

Moving on, let us talk gun control - now, not that, "I don't like guns" or the, "you can't take my guns away!" stuff. A real discussion about them.

In my personal opinion, I am against gun control. I do believe that everyone should have the right to have firearms, but I also understand the economic and social causation of restricting these weapons. To explain, according to Black Market Theory, when you make something harder for the (law-abiding) citizen to obtain, those who do not follow the law gain by having that restricted item be subjectively worth more in their market. Now, the repercussions are 1) with more criminals holding guns, you have more crimes and with that more security - an added cost to the consumer. It literally hinders those in lower income situations from saving and thus thriving. 2) You have good men and women unable to defend themselves in the case that a criminal pulls out a firearm, endangering their lives. This, in my opinion, is why I am an advocate for the right to hold and own a gun. Thus, I am also a huge advocate of educating and training owners of firearms in the proper safety and aspects of using a gun. This includes when and how to use it, why we use it, how to safely use it and so on and so forth. For, in having any item or in doing any activity, we must be educated on it in order to do it (or use it) responsibly.

Now that I have stated my opinion, what is yours? Share them and, if you would like, let's debate so we may get some developments upon the subject.

Thank you for your time,
Tristan Cody.
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JackMolotov3 Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll state this right now, I am for gun control






......................Use both hands and hit your target :D
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TristanCody Dec 2, 2012  Student Writer
You, I - Zombie Apocalypse.

:iconclapplz: best comment of the thread goes to you.
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:iconvisionoftheworld:
Black Market Theory is not a theory. It's an excuse. Gun control legislation is not designed to prohibit people from obtaining weapons at the end-user level- it's about restricting what can be manufactured in the USA and what can be sold. We also try to do a fair job at restricting what comes into the country. I am not familiar with every damn gun law, but generally automatic assault weapons, machine guns, are restricted to some extent. The restriction does not cause a black market to appear- that market would exist already because buying something illegally- i.e. outside of any regulations and taxes it's ALWAYS cheaper. They can avoid the weapon serial# from getting into the government's hands as well. Criminals would probably do this anyway- but not all 'criminals' have access to these markets. So many crimes are committed by first timers aren't they? There's no such thing as a bad guy born to be bad. The idea behind restricting automatics and machine guns and types of bullets is that we can possibly prevent a crime from happening, prevent a mistake, or a person accidentally shooting their own child. I don't trust gun owners with that responsibility. I elect a government to make and enforce laws and keep me safe, that's the meaning of governance.

To take any position that governance need not exist, especially when it comes to the very thing that humans utilize to kill eachother with- is preposterous. And all the whining about how 'law abiding' citizens are somehow inconvenienced by new laws- then I question what makes them "law abiding" if they don't want to follow those laws. I'd think a law-abiding person would be more than happy to show they have civic intentions with their guns by registering them properly and by avoiding purchase of a gatlin gun. Nobody needs a gatlin gun. Get over it.
And I don't want anybody nextdoor to me having one, they could kill me or my loved ones in an instant. When ordinary people have to live in fear that anyone around them could be carrying a weapon that they might not know how to use, then nobody is safe and that's basically anarchy.
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Spino-by-the-Sea Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've never actually owned a gun before, have you?
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:icontheredsnifit:
He's never come out of his mother's basement, mate.
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:icontristancody:
TristanCody Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
It seems you have taken my words and misunderstood them. Everything you are saying here has nothing to do, nor does it reflect what I believe or advocated.
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Scnal Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Certain guns, certain places. Hunting rifles should be allowed, I think, they're more used for just that than violence. Other guns should be limited to licensed areas, or at the very least with well licensed people. I mean, the issue is someone getting a gun and using it where they're not supposed to, not guns altogether. Well, the issue is more that there's just a lot more gun and gang culture in America than most other places, but this will help solve that too.

Economically, it's pretty much just a slightly milder ban. Gun prices would rise dramatically with next to no guns being manufactured and put right into the black market, which in time would stop all but the criminal overlords from getting them easily. As for self defense, guns just plain do more harm than they do good, it'd be better to have neither have guns than to have both have guns. Besides, there's still lots of viable forms of self defense available; get a taser, take a karate lesson, have a baseball bat, there's lots of options that aren't as useful for criminals.
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TristanCody Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
Now I can definitely agree to this suggestion as long as you place education of the use and safety of the gun on there as a high priority. :handshake:
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Scnal Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, that'd probably have to be mandatory to get one of those licenses, and to a lesser degree, even go to a licensed place like a gun range or something.
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TristanCody Nov 11, 2012  Student Writer
For sure. Thank you for your input.
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