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  •  Not too many 4 year olds (13+ / 0-)

    have come across a rope or knife lying around, picked it up, and accidentally killed someone.

    Scary how many parents are more casual about their loaded weapons than they are about their paring knives. At least that's how it seems, to judge by all the news articles about kids picking up mommy or daddy's handguns and killing someone while playing with it.

    You never hear about a toddler finding and accidentally setting off mommy or daddy's chef's knife.

    On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes. - Molly Ivins

    by Lashe on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 02:39:32 PM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately this is true and it's a symptom of (0+ / 0-)

      people ignoring the first part of the 2nd amendment- that bit about "well-regulated militia" which is the first part of the amendment and thus perhaps the most important part of it. Leaving aside the argument about personal ownership vs. collective ownership by an organized militia, to me at least, our firearms troubles are a result of purposefully ignoring the first phrase of the 2nd Amendment. It demands that for the people to have arms, there HAVE to be regulations, and not just "some" regulations, strong and relatively effective regulations- I might be unique, but from the phrase "well-regulated militia", I get a feeling that gun regulation is an essential part of being allowed to bear arms. I am an owner of firearms. But I am strongly in favor of extensive background checks, licensing and registration, along with a requirement to safely store my firearms so they will only be used by myself or another qualified person. When I go to the range or go hunting etc., I'd like to be as certain as is reasonably possible that any other people with arms that I might encounter have been vetted for their right to have those arms and the ability to safely use them.

      I also think we should refer to "firearms regulation" rather than "gun control". Because we want the firearms that are out there to be in the hands of people qualified to have them, and not to blindly seek to reduce the numbers and kinds of firearms.

      "Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens," -Friedrich Schiller "Against Stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in Vain"

      by pengiep on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 04:05:43 PM PDT

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