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  •  I feel pretty safe here. (5+ / 0-)

    I live in New York City, where we have some of the toughest gun laws in the country. When I travel to some other states, not so much.

    From a comment upthread:

    In New York you have to identify all household members/occupants that may have access to a firearm, IF you want to get a valid permit.  
    And there are lots of other restrictions besides that one. Basically, you have to prove a compelling reason to get a license for a handgun in NYS. In NYC, you even need a license for a hunting weapon. These licenses are not easy to get.

    Gun ownership defenders will quickly point out that criminals have no problem carrying an unlicensed gun, which is just as deadly as a licensed one. This is true. Do we have any gun violence here? Yes. Currently, anyone can take a 4-hour drive down to VA, or other states with lax gun laws, buy what they need and bring it back here. But guns would be vanishingly difficult for criminals to obtain if the nation as a whole adopted our laws.

    No system is perfect, but some are better than others. And we don't have massacres here.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:54:42 AM PST

    •  I'm with you right up to the last sentence (0+ / 0-)

      It can happen anywhere and given enough time probably will.  The laws only make it a bit less likely.

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