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  •  Cars don't equal guns (4+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, hmi, Joy of Fishes, gerrilea

    In making public policy and laws, deeper reasoning is needed that the simple though of regulating cars and guns in similar ways.

    For example, if one is proposing that guns be registered, there needs to be a clear rational reasoning and data to should how this leads to significantly lower rates of homicide, suicide and other violence.  Saying cars are registered, so guns must be registered does not do so.  

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:55:07 PM PST

    •  It's easy to understand (4+ / 0-)

      Most of us fear sudden death or injury. If we didn't, we wouldn't need traffic laws. It's easy to see the need for regulation. Otherwise we would have many thousands more traffic deaths per year, unless everyone stayed home out of fear for their lives. We don't have to have to suspend laws while we gather more data to prove it.

      What we fear from firearms is that someone will use one to kill or injure innocent people. By allowing anyone to possess firearms we allow irresponsible persons to be greater threats than they are. Regulation can reduce the threat of random harm.

      The car analogy is psychological at least. A licensed owner with a registered firearm would have basic training in safety and responsible use. We would likely reduce harm as well as the threat of harm.

      •  I'd be happy with less drivers (1+ / 0-)
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        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:21:59 PM PST

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      •  Regulations come down to specifics (2+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes, gerrilea

        Some regulations would work, others don't work and some may even be counter productive.

        Passing a safety test with both written and physical operation would be reasonable (unless made intentionally too difficult for ordinary people to pass) and would genarally be acceptable to gun owners.  Requiring all transfers and sales of guns and amunition to go through licensed gun dealers (as aldready done in California) is also reasonable and likely acceptable to gun owners.  

        Having a national registry of people with potentially dangerous mental illness would also help in preventing them from purchasing guns, autos and certain chemicals and from being employed in certain jobs (eg, food service, flying aircraft, operating certain equipment, handling dangerous chemicals, etc.)

        The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

        by nextstep on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:44:22 PM PST

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    •  Agree. We need to restore... (2+ / 0-)
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      nextstep, DefendOurConstitution

      ... funding for this research & ensure that proposed actions are supported by data showing the benefits of the actions.  

      I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

      by Joy of Fishes on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:29:44 PM PST

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