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  •  Hunting rifles & shotguns only (2+ / 0-)
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    rigcath, emidesu

    No assault weapons, no autos, no handguns.

    •  That would be a vast improvement. (6+ / 0-)

      It would essentially follow the situation in Canada.

      But you'd still have more gun deaths than other jurisdictions. The most difficult problem is that some Americans have elevated guns to a fetish. In Canada, a gun is a tool with a recognized range of uses, not a substitute for your penis.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 02:54:46 PM PST

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    •  I could go for that. (1+ / 0-)
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      I am absolutely not arguing that people should not be allowed to have guns- I know some people need them whether for hunting or self defense. But there's a huge difference between shooting at the bear that's menacing your domestic animals and taking out a kindergarten class. And no internet sales, please. It should be as hard to get a gun as to drive a car.

      Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

      by emidesu on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:54:10 PM PST

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      •  I agree with this. I also think that people (1+ / 0-)
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        should have training - formal training of some kind.  We don't just hand keys to kids at 15 and let them drive down the road; there's the whole learner's permit process.  I think we should treat guns as dangerous tools that must be handled responsibly.  Having something like that required might also get disturbed people noticed and pulled out of the gun-owning pool.  Or maybe having a law that says, "You want a gun? You have to join the National Guard." Maybe that would take care of the "well regulated militia" angle...

        Like I said in another diary, we need multiple approaches to address all violence.  I don't want to just stop gun violence, I want to decrease the overall American culture of violence and violence throughout the world.  I know it's not possible to end it altogether.  I just think something holistic needs to happen for the long term survival of the species.

        BTW, I am a gun owner currently.  I even got my advice on which shotgun is the best home defense weapon from a RKBA thread...I just want people to know that not all gun owners are 100% against all control.  I'm also female.

        I agree that something, probably multiple somethings, must be done to stop the spree killings.

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