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  •  The Supreme Court also said (3+ / 0-)
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    that many gun control laws are constitutional:

    The Supreme Court was clear in Heller that while law-abiding, responsible citizens have the right to a gun in the home for self defense, there is a wide variety of sensible gun laws that remain constitutional.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 02:13:26 PM PDT

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    •  Laws that keep minors, felons, (1+ / 0-)
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      those declared mentally unsound by a judge, and people with a history of domestic violence away from firearms, totally agree.  Totally sensible.  Universal background checks, totally sensible.  A national foid card, totally sensible.

      Arbitrary magazine limits, arbitrary bans on rifles which look scary, a national registry for all firearms, No, no thank you.

      •  I don't know if non-violent felons will continue (0+ / 0-)

        to be prohibited forever.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:16:08 PM PDT

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        •  I have mixed feeling about that... (0+ / 0-)

          Say you committed a victimless crime, say, felony possession of marijuana.  

          On one hand, you've demonstrated that you have no respect for the law, so why should society trust you with following gun laws?

          On the other hand, everyone has a right to self defense.

          A violent offender presents a more clear danger with a gun, they have a track record of hurting people.  A nonviolent offender only has trouble following directions.

          I think a violent criminal has a better chance of using a gun for intentional violence.  A nonviolent criminal has a better chance of messing up and hurting somebody unintentionally.  Yet they both should have the right of self defense...

          cognitive dissonance, I have it for this facet of the issue :(

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