In light of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, once again gun opponents are raising the question of the need for more gun control. But, states like Arizona and Nevada have some of the most lax gun laws in the union. Even the ACLU in Nevada has come out in support of a person's right to own a gun. Some believe that "a well armed populace is the best defense against tyranny." But, have we as a nation created a new tyranny by allowing people easy access to powerful weapons?
Unbelievable to me that "public" radio puts on an admitted anti-gun host with 2 anti-gun guests and a liberal ACLU (in his defense, he made the only reasonable points) lawyer and calls it a "discussion" about gun control laws in Nevada. Ridiculous. Our tax dollars go to support the Liberal agenda yet again. No wonder I don't support "public" radio. Duncan –Jan 14, 2011 21:47:19 PM
I'm extremely disappointed at how one sided the discussion of Nevada Gun Control was. If there isn't going to be a pro gun representative, how can NPR really think that this will be a fair and reasonable debate? I heard the Brady Campaign representative give several blatant misrepresentations of facts. I understand the moderator was doing the best that he could to try to be fair but he's not an expert.
Yes, it is true that a private individual in our state can sell a firearm to another resident of this state. If a person engages in selling firearms without a Federal Firearms License more than what a reasonable person would think as not for a profit is a Federal Crime punishable by up to 10 years in Federal Prison. It is a Felony to sell hundreds of guns without a FFL.
As an owner of machineguns and many semi auto firearms that can be converted to full automatic fire, my question is what difference does it make whether I can buy magazines that hold 10, 30, 100, or 200 rds? IMHO it is personal responsibility that is needed, not more control.Scott Callahan –Jan 14, 2011 10:49:29 AM
I agree with you. I'll also add that during the hi-cap magazine ban years, one could still buy larger than 10 round capacity mags legally on the aftermarket. I enjoy most of the K/NPR programming but when it comes to gun issues I just have to grin & bear it and accept that 100% agreement is not realistic. Terry Gross is just so obviously anti-gun and a few days ago the late night Canadian program here on KNPR interviewed pro-gun author Alan Korwin who made excellent & realistic points. The Canadian host was kind of tight-lipped - no surprise there.Aunty Palin –Jan 14, 2011 11:08:56 AM
So your reading of the second amendment goes something like, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear machine guns and any other high-powered, rapid-fire weapons of destruction, shall not be infringed." Too bad you weren't there at the Safeway in Tucson to defend the Congresswoman and the Constitution.Furr –Jan 14, 2011 11:37:40 AM
Well point out the rash of machine gun shootings in the US and we'll talk about how full auto weapons need to be restricted further. The current process is pretty tough - do you know these details? It's fairly easy to get a full auto in S. Nevada. When was the last drive by machine gunning? Also you figure if a militia was supposed to fight against a "real" army aka the British Army then they should have comparable weapons. Jump to present day and by logical extension what kind of weapons would a militia need?
And actually, if Arizona is so awash with guns, where were the legally armed citizens. It would please me if we had more news reports of whack jobs pulling guns and being quickly "stopped" by law abiding gun carrying citizens.
The police can't be everywhere and there are too many guns out there to eliminate them. It's a ~100 year old technology - i.e. the Colt 1911 .45 ACP.
Aunty Palin –Jan 14, 2011 16:26:32 PM
Bottomline we need a more educated populace and a better social safety net. Look at how countries like Finland and Switzerland have many government issued guns in the general population. The NRA is a strong political lobby because more Americans support it with votes and money than the anti-gun organizations.AuntyPalin –Jan 14, 2011 09:53:06 AM
I feel safer knowing you are at the ready with your machine gun in hand for the next British invasion. I'm sure you'll be standing on the bank of the Potomac to repel the red coats. God knows we can't put all the pressure on the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.Furr –Jan 16, 2011 18:40:46 PM