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Old 09-15-2019, 12:28 PM
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I know this is the pit but I want to at least throw my two cents out there. I'm a gun owner (revolver, bolt action rifle and semi-auto shotgun) and I'd like to buy probably two more guns including an "assault rifle". Out of them the "assault rifle" is the one that I consider buying as a toy, I want an M&P 10/22 with a silencer. Having almost zero recoil and no noise will make the gun fun to shoot but aside from target shooting for fun it doesn't have a real purpose unlike the other guns I own or would like to own. I do own guns for self defence both from animals and people. When I fantasize about killing people it is either with car mounted rocket launcher or beating them to death with a bat my guns don't come into it because they are just fantasy.

I am a fan of red flag laws so we can take guns from crazy people before they hurt someone and I'm for making sure that noncrazy people who are likely to hurt someone can't have a weapon like people with restraining orders or a history of abuse. Outside of that I'd like to repeal most of our weapons restrictions; grenade launchers, fully auto weapons, fighter jets, aircraft carriers cool whatever you want to own. In general I think its more important to focus on getting people the help they need so they don't want to fill a truck with explosives and blow up a building rather than making sure people can't buy fertilizer.

I won't vote for Beto because I don't believe he could win against trump now and if he became the democratic nominee I would vote for him but I would vote straight Republican below him because I believe he is less of a threat than Trump particularly when he has a Republican senate. I guess that makes me the gun loving swing voter you guys are hating on so I figured you might want to hear my opinion.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:33 PM
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Quicksilver, why would the Constitution require amending to go from:

a. Virtually Everyone can have semiautomatic rifles and handguns

b. Virtually Everyone can have bolt-action rifles and revolvers

Some special people who pay large fees and pass special checks can have the weapons in (a).

Clearly, a bolt-action rifle is still a far better firearm than anything the framers of the Constitution had in mind. So I am not sure how a theoretical Federal law banning anything better, and authorizing the ATF to buy back the existing weapons and conduct raids to seize weapons not turned in, would be unconstitutional.
I've had enough of these "debates", to be honest. I'm just fed up with all the "need it for protection" bullshit.

But I'll address the confiscation question, which is a bullshit distraction as well. If a law was passed banning certain types of guns, this would be my approach:

1) Contact all gun owners on record of (legally) purchasing restricted weapons
2) Offer buy-back or tax credits for guns returned within 90 days
3) Offer 25% bonus for guns returned within first 30 days
4) Begin tax penalties for guns not surrendered after the first year.
5) If guns was found as a result of a search for an unrelated cause/crime - additional penalties apply (fines and requirements for mandatory community service)
6) No raids for gun seizures specifically.
7) Raids only due to evidence as result of illegal activity or planned illegal activity.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:35 PM
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I think RTFirefly got it right in post 10. Attitudes are changing and people are questioning the value of guns as not just the top issue, but the issue to the exclusion of all others.

Look at who falls into which camp. On the D side are people concerned about health care, education, the debt, infrastructure, foreign affairs.

On the R side? They undeniably contain the racists and white supremacists. The conspiracy theorists. Let's not forget the Russian propagandists. And of course the gun enthusiasts who endorse the NRA full-court press to the exclusion of all other considerations.

The ability to continue the senseless civilian bloodshed through a shallow and paranoid misapprehension of the 2nd Amendment just isn't going to stick anymore. Who in American history, other than right wing terrorists, have ever taken up arms against the government? The Confederates, who happen to be a dishonorable stain on the county's history, what with their insistence on owning other humans based on skin color and their willingness to murderously rend the nation asunder to defend that evil institution.

It isn't tyranny that these types oppose, but rather democracy itself, especially when it doesn't go their way or when groups they don't like are extended the same freedoms and protections they enjoy.

The mentality of gun rights absolutism is the same mentality that loves kids in cages at the border, the same mentality that sees a balanced budget as Socialism (because groups they don't like will get healthcare and education), the same mentality that would welcome support from Russia rather than see true equality in this country. The isolationist, medieval mercantilist mentality that is going to run the global economy into recession.

The hyperbole, the divisiveness, the murderous hatefulness is on the side of Team AR-15. I think the public is getting wise to that and is ready to make some positive progress again. Exhibit A- the most vocal proponent of Team AR-15 has rapidly secured the status of this board's lowest credibility poster! That's the culture war in a nutshell right there.
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What should I do? Sell them? To whom? What would they do with them? Don't want to just destroy them either.
In England where some guns are prohibited, collectors are permitted to keep otherwise prohibited guns once the guns have been made permanently inoperable.
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Nearly a decade back, when Toronto hosted the G20, one of my neighbour’s friends was passing through town and spent a couple of days here. When unloading his truck, his gear included a rifle, so I asked him what he would be hunting (we live in the bush where thar be moose, deer, bear, wolves, and coyotes a-plenty, and where hunting is the norm and where for many people it has been a fundamental necessity of life for thousands of years).

He replied by mentioning something else, as if he had not heard my question.

He usually spends a few days here a couple of times a year, camping with my neighbour in the summer and skiing with my neighbour in the winter. He’s one heck of a nice guy – well balanced, clear thinking, and open to serious discussions involving conflicting opinions.

He is a senior Mountie who often wins national sharpshooter competitions. If you are aware of Canada’s sharpshooter tradition, this will mean something to you. He is on a team tasked to enter hijacked planes (they rotate as to who goes in first – think about what that means for a second), and he is routinely stationed on rooftops when there is need for very tight security. In short, he knows what he is doing when it comes to firearms.

Even more significantly, in hand-to-hand fighting he has shot a person dead, so he knows at a deep gut level what the use of a firearm can mean.

What does he think of gun control? Only long guns capable of one bullet at a time being loaded and fired, and no guns for criminals and crazies.

I share his opinion.
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The USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world other than the likely under-reporting North Korea and China, which shoots down any argument the gun nuts have about their fetish being necessary to protect free-dum.

The USA has the highest gun death rate of any first world country, which shoots down the gun nuts' position that their fetish saving lives.

The USA is, according to the Economist's Special Investigations Unit, no longer a full democracy, but the gun nuts have not protected free-dum and instead voted in Trump, changing a failing democracy into a hate-filled democrazy.

It is a great pity that that the USA prefers to destroy itself, with the gun nuts leading the charge, one bloody corpse at a time as many corpses mowed down at a time as possible.
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I take exception to the belief that we can't get the Second repealed. That shortsightedly ignores how very different the next generations of voters will see this issue. It'll take time and hard work but we've accomplished difficult tasks before.
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I know this is the pit but I want to at least throw my two cents out there. I'm a gun owner (revolver, bolt action rifle and semi-auto shotgun) and I'd like to buy probably two more guns including an "assault rifle". Out of them the "assault rifle" is the one that I consider buying as a toy, I want an M&P 10/22 with a silencer. Having almost zero recoil and no noise will make the gun fun to shoot but aside from target shooting for fun.
:snip: bolding mine.

I got my first .22 when I was 10. My grandfathers gun handed down to my Dad and then to me. It's, oh, about 100 years old or so.

If you like to target shoot, and are not doing it just for the BANG. I really recommend a PCP air rifle. Great fun. About half the muzzle energy of a .22. Mine has an 18x scope. Hit dime groups at 100 feet. It's more accurate than I could ever hope to be. Needs a bench rest. Nice also is to not have to walk 100 yards to the target.
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I've got one on my list for shooting at the house. The 22 is for our annual family competitions and for not spending much money if I want to go to the range with my friends.
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:23 PM
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I've got one on my list for shooting at the house. The 22 is for our annual family competitions and for not spending much money if I want to go to the range with my friends.
Plan on buying the right compressor specifically for PCP. The one to put air in tires will not work. The special hand pump is fine if you really want some exercise.

I've got about $1000 invested in my PCP, but it costs maybe 2 cents to shoot. If you get one, you will learn a lot about it's ammo/pellets. That's the secret.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:44 PM
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Guns are easy to understand. It has nothing to do with race, religion, Nazis or White Supremacy. Nothing about hating others or being paranoid. It’s about above all else having the power and the right to defend yourself and your family with the means you choose and having power over the government.
WTF?! No small-arms arsenal is going to keep you alive if the government seriously wants to kill you! (Cliven Bundy's standoff only worked because the government didn't want to.)

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No, the next election is not going to be decided by gun-rights single-issue-voters. There is too much else in play.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:49 PM
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Plan on buying the right compressor specifically for PCP. The one to put air in tires will not work. The special hand pump is fine if you really want some exercise.

I've got about $1000 invested in my PCP, but it costs maybe 2 cents to shoot. If you get one, you will learn a lot about it's ammo/pellets. That's the secret.
Once I get time and money I think I'll be starting a thread to get some advice.
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:39 PM
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You've used it up, you've made the term meaningless. Now that someone's proposed actual, bona fide gun-grabbing, what'cha gonna call it now, huh? 'Tyranny'? Nope, already pounded that one into the ground.
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I think RTFirefly got it right in post 10.
I think so too but because of the "crying wolf". While I think that if Beto himself were the nominee, he would lose votes from people otherwise on the fence and/or have a lot of angry turnout against him from otherwise apathetic people.

But if someone else is nominated, gun nuts already think the Democrats are gun grabbers, so nominating a run-of-the-mill advocate for moderate gun control won't change anyone's mind.
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Do. But there are probably a zillion other forums about them. Also check out ytube. Perhaps we will all learn something. The pre charged pneumatic is pretty cool. I get about 30 good shots a charge. Quieter than a clap of your hand. Cool stuff, but the pellet is so light that a windy day will not work for target shooting. It can drive tacks on a calm day.

To clean it, I shoot an oiled, felt 'pellet' through it. Easy peasy.

I see from your 'handle' that you are in the front range I assume that from 'Back at 5280'. Rifle works fine at over twice that altitude. Gonna end the hi-jack. You are welcome to PM me. I'm still new at this, but it's fun.
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I've got one on my list for shooting at the house.
Unoccupied, I trust.
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It went well in Australia. It is going well in New Zealand. It will not go well in the USA because too many gun nuts would start killing innocent people who are law abiding. In other words, gun nuts being terrorists.
Yep, the people having their constitutionally protected property stolen from them by force are the terrorists.
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You're just saying that. Do you have a cite?

Because the ATF does exactly this for things like short barreled rifles and submachine guns. Both of which were legal everywhere at one point in time.

And yes, it's forced confiscation, however, not without compensation.
So forced confiscation is ok as long as they throw our own fucking tax dollars back at us when it’s over?
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The USA is, according to the Economist's Special Investigations Unit, no longer a full democracy, but the gun nuts have not protected free-dum and instead voted in Trump, changing a failing democracy into a hate-filled democrazy.

It is a great pity that that the USA prefers to destroy itself, with the gun nuts leading the charge, one bloody corpse at a time as many corpses mowed down at a time as possible.
The USA has never been a full democracy. It wasn’t built that way and was never planned that way.
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So forced confiscation is ok as long as they throw our own fucking tax dollars back at us when it’s over?
That has always been how eminent domain works.
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That has always been how eminent domain works.
Get back to me when that has a direct correlation with the second amendment.
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I wish there was a constitutional amendment to protect my hobby. That's all I can think of when I hear gun fetishists going on and on about the second amendment. Instead of repealing the second amendment, we should work towards getting an amendment which prevents the government from impinging on our right to street race. I find cars much more fun than guns. "No officer, you can't give me a ticket. I was racing, not speeding."

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Gun nuts say their opponents are afraid of their rifles only because they're scary and black
Which is ironic given the correlation cited before between being a gun nut and...being afraid of scary blacks.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:53 AM
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Why are guns so wonderful? So we can protect our families? Shoot at targets or clipped-wing quail when we need sexual release and the wife is tired of giving us blow jobs? Be ready to fight the redcoats, terrorists, Muslims, Jews, Irish, Sikhs, Kenyans and centaurs who would otherwise inundate our homeland? Stand our ground in a movie theater when someone is munching their popcorn too loud? NO!! To listen to some, these goals are secondary. It's the Constitution, dammit, the Constitution!

I thought of posting the following where it belonged — in the thread "Observations of the 3rd Democratic Debate" — but since it's longish it might be considered a rant.

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Trillions of dollars in new debt. Income inequality as severe as its been in a century. The first generations in American history who expect to be poorer than their parents, many already struggling with debt loads that will haunt them till old age. A trade war likely to plunge the world into recession, a recession the world's central banks are no longer equipped to remedy.

A healthcare system that is the laughingstock of the developed world. America's longest war, with hundreds of thousands of our soldiers suffering PTSD. Dictators fomenting aggressions and oppressions throughout the world, often with the support of the U.S. Allies like France and Germany now regard the present U.S. as a bigger threat than Putin's Russia.

Children caged at the border. Foreign freshmen bound for Harvard sent back because their Facebook Friend badmouthed Trump. The U.S. diplomatic corps, U.S. science centers like NASA or DoE, the FBI and intelligence services — all decimated by hateful and 'starve the beast' policies. The urgent fight against climate change put on hold. Polluters free to pollute once more.

Yet these issues all pale into insignificance in American politics. Many swing voters emphasize just one issue, the crucial issue, the issue that separates America from the rest of humanity. GUNS!!

And why are Guns so wonderful? I guess if an Article of the Constitution required that we walk backwards naked on Main Street every Tuesday, than that would be the quintessentially American value whose repeal would cause permanent damage.

Climate change? Not lasting damage! Children under-nourished or under-educated due to policies that promote poverty? Not lasting damage! America's military veterans have a suicide average much higher than the rest of population? Not lasting damage! Rising debts now out of control that will eventually trigger devaluations? Not lasting damage! Firings and exasperated resignations that in less than three years have already decimated the institutional knowledge of U.S. intelligence, diplomatic, and science agencies? Not lasting damage!

No, the thread in Elections turns to contemplation of what would be lasting: Americans no longer compelled to walk backwards naked on Main Street every Tuesday entitled to the assault weapons used by mass murderers.

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Czarcasm started a thread titled "The inherent problem with 2nd Amendment debates" which makes an important point I've tried to make, though it's an elusive point for some. The Mod first unilaterally changed the thread title to obfuscate Czarcasm's argument; then closed the thread altogether.

I apologize to Czarcasm and all Dopers for not supporting the thesis of that thread before it was closed. This thread is dedicated to Czarcasm's thread.
Climate change? Every bit of extractable fossil fuel is giong to be burned. I would like to slow the rate down and make it last longer, but Trump is not making much of a difference worldwide. And if our healthcare system is a laughingstock, why do the world's elite travel to the USA for serious care? You list serious issues, and they should be debated and discussed and solved. Our fundamental rights should not be attacked, however.

And why does everyone mischaracterize 'Stand Your Ground'?

I read Czarcasm's OP in that thread. My opinion is that he did not like reason and facts beibg used against his positions and beliefs.

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It baffles me as well. It makes no sense at all, unless “guns” symbolize something deeper for many people — something (with variation among individuals) to do with fear and mistrust of perceived urban/cosmopolitan power — education, government, globalized links (with their stench of racial impurity)... (yet, economic structural power is somehow largely exempt)....
Firearms have been around for the entire history of our nation. Restrictions generally have become more stringent over time, without reducing violent crime, and some have noticed this. But you want to dismiss opposition as racism right off the bat, grouping them whether or not they are white or not, female or not, or left, right, or center.

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Which is why the pro-gun types have fought for open carry in public places. Well, at least for the first time ever, a major politician (Beto) has called for actual gun-grabbing, as opposed to the things (like background checks or bans on future purchases of particular kinds of guns) that the gun nuts, including those on this very board, have called 'gun-grabbing' for many years now.

You've used it up, you've made the term meaningless. Now that someone's proposed actual, bona fide gun-grabbing, what'cha gonna call it now, huh? 'Tyranny'? Nope, already pounded that one into the ground. "Wolf, wolf, wolf!" Yeah, yeah, you cried that already, nobody's listening anymore. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!
No, it was not crying wolf. Beto showed that the warnings were for real.

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...I feel disgust for gun nuts. The one issue that matters to them most, the one hill they want to die on, is to preserve their ability to possess the means to slaughter other humans. They're pathetic pieces of shit and the blood of those killed in churches and high schools and concerts is on their hands. Fuck every single one of them in the ass with a red hot poker.
Our hands? My hands? No. The murderers are those toward whom you should direct you anger, with some for the media that sensationalizes their actions.
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:57 AM
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To the extent that guns are an issue, the advantage has shifted. For decades, there's been a lot more people who were pro-regulation than people who were anti. But the intensity was all on the pro-gun side.

That's not the case anymore - the majority wants these fucking massacres to stop, they want their kids to not have to do regular 'active shooter' drills in the schools just because we allow everyone to carry weapons of mass slaughter around with them, effectively allowing everyone to hold everyone else hostage all the time.

Well, FUCK THAT SHIT, is what people are saying. And last year, Democrats weren't afraid to campaign in favor of gun regulation, and they won in places where Dems don't usually win anyway.

And now Beto's moved the Overton window a big step in the right direction by calling for not only an end to selling new assault weapons, but mandatory buybacks of those that are already out there as well. In another year or two, when it's sunk in a bit, that's gonna look like common sense to the vast majority of Americans.

Yes, guns are a winning issue - for the left. But I unfortunately have to admit that the right is still winning on this issue in the most fundamental sense: the massacres are still happening.
Nothing you advocate or propose would have changed any of the shootings, unless you think you can wish away every firearm.

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Gun nuts live in an alternate reality where it's inevitable that either they will fight the government, or they will outlive a collapsed government.

Gun nuts understand that, in a standoff with government forces, they are going to die. They are OK with this. Mainly because it's mostly posturing - it's easy to act badass about something that's never going to happen. But when contemplating the risk of death, the Christian death cult believes it will be rewarded in the afterlife for its faithfulness.

Gun nuts don't care about the impact to society or other people because the point is the ability to harm other people, and Jesus is coming to reconquer the world with fire anyway when Revelations comes true.

Gun nuts say their opponents are afraid of their rifles only because they're scary and black, and have no problem with wooden rifle of similar function. They lack the self awareness to reflect on why they have a toddler-like insistence on buying the flashy, menacing black rifle instead of the wooden-stock rifle of similar function.

These people are mentally ill and we need to stop equipping them with toys to furnish their rage fantasies.
Wood is pretty and harder to keep pretty. And cost more. Firearms are tools first.

And the gun nuts you describe- I don't know any. I see posters (not here) who talk like that, but there are too many to take seriously. The NZ shooter and copycats are still a small percentage of that group.

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Ok, well what about semi-automatic rifles with deep magazines? What is it about being able to fire several shots a second until the magazine is empty is a Constitutional Right. One that is necessary for our freedom to be maintained?

We can argue all day about whether or not it's a net good or a net bad, but it looks like to me if a majority of voters decide that this isn't a necessary right, and the legislature passed laws making this type of weapon illegal without a special license, then that's that. The gun-grabbing could commence.

There are so many out there and few records, so sure, some people would keep those rifles hidden away for generations. But most would be found, and no one would openly carry them anywhere or even take them out in public.
The citizenry's firearms should not be out of place where militia operations would take place.

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Oh fuck that shit. Who exactly do you intend to shoot? Who do you fantasize about blowing their brains out? People who don't look like you? People who pray differently? You get this massive arsenal, surely you're fantasizing about shooting somebody. You have a "right" to self defense with a weapon used by the military? No you fucking don't. Do the world a favor and turn in your Dirty Harry fantasy toy collection before you hurt the grownups, or even worse, innocent children. Then grow the fuck up.
Don't ascribe those fantasies to anyone because you have no clue what anyone is thinking.

We DO have the right to these infantry type weapons.

Saying I, or any poster here, or anyone else will shoot (innocent) grownups or children unless everyone is disarmed is bullshit.

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Quicksilver, why would the Constitution require amending to go from:

a. Virtually Everyone can have semiautomatic rifles and handguns

b. Virtually Everyone can have bolt-action rifles and revolvers

Some special people who pay large fees and pass special checks can have the weapons in (a).

Clearly, a bolt-action rifle is still a far better firearm than anything the framers of the Constitution had in mind. So I am not sure how a theoretical Federal law banning anything better, and authorizing the ATF to buy back the existing weapons and conduct raids to seize weapons not turned in, would be unconstitutional.
You want to discriminate even more against the less affluent?

And the militia used the exact same weapons in the field that they kept at home. Why should this be different now?

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It went well in Australia. It is going well in New Zealand. It will not go well in the USA because too many gun nuts would start killing innocent people who are law abiding. In other words, gun nuts being terrorists.
Are you aware of how many firearms were not turned in in Australia? Or how many have been turned in after New Zealand's recent laws? Hint: it's not many.

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I've had enough of these "debates", to be honest. I'm just fed up with all the "need it for protection" bullshit.

But I'll address the confiscation question, which is a bullshit distraction as well. If a law was passed banning certain types of guns, this would be my approach:

1) Contact all gun owners on record of (legally) purchasing restricted weapons
2) Offer buy-back or tax credits for guns returned within 90 days
3) Offer 25% bonus for guns returned within first 30 days
4) Begin tax penalties for guns not surrendered after the first year.
5) If guns was found as a result of a search for an unrelated cause/crime - additional penalties apply (fines and requirements for mandatory community service)
6) No raids for gun seizures specifically.
7) Raids only due to evidence as result of illegal activity or planned illegal activity.
You demonstrate that you don't know much of what you are discussing.

1) There are no records of most legally purchased weapons.
This would impede the rest of your approach.

And I will repeat- the need for protection is not bullshit. People have and do use firearms to protect themselves.

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WTF?! No small-arms arsenal is going to keep you alive if the government seriously wants to kill you! (Cliven Bundy's standoff only worked because the government didn't want to.)
I think Bundy et al. should be arrested, prosecuted, and have the cattle that are grazing for free on public land seized and auctioned to pay his unpaid grazing fees.

But small arms in citizens' hands may have, and may in the future, prevent unlawful government confrontations or actions. It is a check on the government that would need serious force to overcome. What would our government have that is worth initiating that kind of conflict? Hopefully, none.
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Our hands? My hands? No. The murderers are those toward whom you should direct you anger, with some for the media that sensationalizes their actions.
Yes, YOUR hands. You're one of millions of paranoid, ignorant fools who think you have a right to own weaponry whose only function is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Your pigheadedness costs people lives.
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I was afraid that I'd caricatured your position:
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Why are guns so wonderful? ... NO!! To listen to some, these goals are secondary. It's the Constitution, dammit, the Constitution!...

Trillions of dollars in new debt. Income inequality as severe as its been in a century. The first generations in American history who expect to be poorer than their parents, many already struggling with debt loads that will haunt them till old age. A trade war likely to plunge the world into recession, a recession the world's central banks are no longer equipped to remedy.
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Children caged at the border. Foreign freshmen bound for Harvard sent back because their Facebook Friend badmouthed Trump. The U.S. diplomatic corps, U.S. science centers like NASA or DoE, the FBI and intelligence services — all decimated by hateful and 'starve the beast' policies. The urgent fight against climate change put on hold. Polluters free to pollute once more.

Yet these issues all pale into insignificance in American politics. Many swing voters emphasize just one issue, the crucial issue, the issue that separates America from the rest of humanity. GUNS!!

Climate change? Not lasting damage! Children under-nourished or under-educated due to policies that promote poverty? Not lasting damage! America's military veterans have a suicide average much higher than the rest of population? Not lasting damage! Rising debts now out of control that will eventually trigger devaluations? Not lasting damage! Firings and exasperated resignations that in less than three years have already decimated the institutional knowledge of U.S. intelligence, diplomatic, and science agencies? Not lasting damage!

No, the thread in Elections turns to contemplation of what would be lasting: Americans no longer compelled to walk backwards naked on Main Street every Tuesday entitled to the assault weapons used by mass murderers.
... but it seems I got you spot on!


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A healthcare system that is the laughingstock of the developed world....
Hi there again, sps49sd ! Are you one of the many willfully obtuse right-wingnuts? Or just stupid?

No one doubts that America has excellent doctors, excellent hospitals and so on. Who said otherwise? Are you really so stupid that you thought this was under debate?

The reason America's healthcare system is a laughingstock is the high cost — more than TWICE the cost in Germany which is 2nd-most expensive in G7 — and the fact that MANY MILLIONS of Americans are UNINSURED. This is discussed in other threads. Or just Google "Explain things to me like I'm an Idiot."

In America, when someone collapses on the street they often scream "DON'T phone for an ambulance!!" They don't want to pay $5000+ for an unnecessary ride.

Here in Thailand my relative, with NO insurance, recently had an epileptic fit and fell off his motorbike. An ambulance was summoned and took him to hospital. Guess how much my relative had to pay? Hint: It starts with 'Z' and rhymes with "Nero."

I hope I didn't insult you so much you go away, sps49sd. We'd love to hear from you! Very few of the stupid angry white males who vote for Trump have the literacy skills to post on message boards. So we're sincerely curious to understand your perspective!
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Tools for what purpose? How many people die as a consequence of guns being "defensive" tools vs "offensive" tools?


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Citizenry has no business playing pretend soldiers. Grow the fuck up.



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We DO have the right to these infantry type weapons.
Yeah, but your shouldn't. Get the point?

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Saying I, or any poster here, or anyone else will shoot (innocent) grownups or children unless everyone is disarmed is bullshit.
And yet, innocent people (including children) got shot well over 200 times this year alone in mass shootings. Who exactly is doing that if not, "...or anyone else..."? Nitwit.


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Are you aware of how many firearms were not turned in in Australia? Or how many have been turned in after New Zealand's recent laws? Hint: it's not many.
More than none at all and nobody expected an overnight result. It's a generational change. It's going to take time and things will improve as time passes. That's the point of all this. Not so that you can wank off about how small of a difference a year or two makes.



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You demonstrate that you don't know much of what you are discussing.

1) There are no records of most legally purchased weapons.
This would impede the rest of your approach.
Fuck off some more right now. Some states do maintain records. Some federal agencies do as well. It's place to start. If laws change requiring registering, records will improve. Quit trying to weasel that since the perfect solution can't be had then no solution can be had. That's a lie you tell yourself and others stupid enough to believe it.

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And I will repeat- the need for protection is not bullshit. People have and do use firearms to protect themselves.
Protection from WHO? I keep asking this question and I have yet to get the answer. Who is coming for you, you paranoid wanker?


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But small arms in citizens' hands may have, and may in the future, prevent unlawful government confrontations or actions. It is a check on the government that would need serious force to overcome. What would our government have that is worth initiating that kind of conflict? Hopefully, none.
If it comes to that, we're all fucked. And your AR-15, that gives you so many wet dreams now, will be of absolutely no fucking consequence to you if that day comes, because they'll kill you first, dumbass.
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Hi sps49sd ...Hi there again, sps49sd ! Are you one of the many willfully obtuse right-wingnuts? Or just stupid?

No one doubts that America has excellent doctors, excellent hospitals and so on. Who said otherwise? Are you really so stupid that you thought this was under debate?

The reason America's healthcare system is a laughingstock is the high cost — more than TWICE the cost in Germany which is 2nd-most expensive in G7 — and the fact that MANY MILLIONS of Americans are UNINSURED. This is discussed in other threads. Or just Google "Explain things to me like I'm an Idiot."

In America, when someone collapses on the street they often scream "DON'T phone for an ambulance!!" They don't want to pay $5000+ for an unnecessary ride.

Here in Thailand my relative, with NO insurance, recently had an epileptic fit and fell off his motorbike. An ambulance was summoned and took him to hospital. Guess how much my relative had to pay? Hint: It starts with 'Z' and rhymes with "Nero."

I hope I didn't insult you so much you go away, sps49sd. We'd love to hear from you! Very few of the stupid angry white males who vote for Trump have the literacy skills to post on message boards. So we're sincerely curious to understand your perspective!
I'm not stupid, I'm not angry, I'm not white, and I was addressing assertions you made.

Assuming I am stupid, and recommending I search "Explain things to me like I'm an Idiot", reminds me that I'm in the BBQ Pit. Reasonable discussion is lost here, go ahead and rant away, my intention is providing a counterpoint to the invective and spittle best exemplified by BobLibDem.
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Protection from WHO? I keep asking this question and I have yet to get the answer. Who is coming for you, you paranoid wanker?
Nobody has come for me. An individual did come for a family member years ago, and she is glad that she was armed. She was (and is) armed because she made the decision to be prepared for similar events.

People like you want to disarm those who have a self defense need. I hope your name calling does not accomplish your goal.

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Tools for what purpose? How many people die as a consequence of guns being "defensive" tools vs "offensive" tools?




Citizenry has no business playing pretend soldiers. Grow the fuck up.





Yeah, but your shouldn't. Get the point?



And yet, innocent people (including children) got shot well over 200 times this year alone in mass shootings. Who exactly is doing that if not, "...or anyone else..."? Nitwit.




More than none at all and nobody expected an overnight result. It's a generational change. It's going to take time and things will improve as time passes. That's the point of all this. Not so that you can wank off about how small of a difference a year or two makes.





Fuck off some more right now. Some states do maintain records. Some federal agencies do as well. It's place to start. If laws change requiring registering, records will improve. Quit trying to weasel that since the perfect solution can't be had then no solution can be had. That's a lie you tell yourself and others stupid enough to believe it.



Protection from WHO? I keep asking this question and I have yet to get the answer. Who is coming for you, you paranoid wanker?




If it comes to that, we're all fucked. And your AR-15, that gives you so many wet dreams now, will be of absolutely no fucking consequence to you if that day comes, because they'll kill you first, dumbass.
I read stuff like this post and it’s clear to me you want the gov to kill us, wouldn’t care at all, and would probably throw a little party if it happened.

And that’s quite twisted.
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I wish there was a constitutional amendment to protect my hobby. That's all I can think of when I hear gun fetishists going on and on about the second amendment. Instead of repealing the second amendment, we should work towards getting an amendment which prevents the government from impinging on our right to street race. I find cars much more fun than guns. "No officer, you can't give me a ticket. I was racing, not speeding."
That is a terrible analogy.
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Yet these issues all pale into insignificance in American politics. Many swing voters emphasize just one issue, the crucial issue, the issue that separates America from the rest of humanity. GUNS!!
Then if all those other issues are so important, why the hell can't the Democratic Party unbend enough to remove just one goddamn plank from their platform that keeps losing them elections? But no, apparently it's the progressive Left for whom guns are objects imbued with associations: symbolizing the inherent illiberalism of conservatives- as indeed the multiple slurs of the OP demonstrate.
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I see no evidence that it costs Democrats elections. If you're a gun nut, you vote (R) every single time for every single office. If Elizabeth Warren dressed up like Rambo and posed with an AK47, she'd gain exactly zero votes from gun nuts.
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Isn't the entire premise of the OP that it does?
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I read stuff like this post and it’s clear to me you want the gov to kill us, wouldn’t care at all, and would probably throw a little party if it happened.

And that’s quite twisted.
Every citizen in every democracy around the world without the benefit of the 2ndA is living paralyzed in fear about their government coming to kill them.

Wait. No. Just in the USofA.

Maybe the problem isn't the government, but the psychotically paranoid faction of the electorate.

That's what's twisted.
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I see no evidence that it costs Democrats elections. If you're a gun nut, you vote (R) every single time for every single office. If Elizabeth Warren dressed up like Rambo and posed with an AK47, she'd gain exactly zero votes from gun nuts.
Probably because people wouldn’t believe her, or any of the others. Dems seem to think you can just take pictures and awkwardly pander and lie and it sells.

And Democrats like guns too, bud. It’s as American as apple pie. You think 300++ million firearms are in the hands of the “gun nuts” then you’re bound to keep losing.

Which is cool with me.

I could write a dem party platform right now for Yang or Tulsi and if the left threw their weight fully behind them, they might actually win.

But thankfully they have no plan to do that and your friendly water carrying media doesn’t either.

So that’s good.
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Probably because people wouldn’t believe her, or any of the others. Dems seem to think you can just take pictures and awkwardly pander and lie and it sells.

And Democrats like guns too, bud. It’s as American as apple pie. You think 300++ million firearms are in the hands of the “gun nuts” then you’re bound to keep losing.

Which is cool with me.

I could write a dem party platform right now for Yang or Tulsi and if the left threw their weight fully behind them, they might actually win.

But thankfully they have no plan to do that and your friendly water carrying media doesn’t either.

So that’s good.
So your *new and improved* Democratic Party platform is to sell out cheap to the NRA and gun lobby. Like the GOP has whored it self out for years.

Thanks, but no thanks.
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So your *new and improved* Democratic Party platform is to sell out cheap to the NRA and gun lobby. Like the GOP has whored it self out for years.

Thanks, but no thanks.
Hey, at least the gun lobby and the NRA are actual Americans. Keep up the good work & enjoy Trump.
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Again, no thanks. But clearly you seem to be enjoying Trump. And they said there are some dirty jobs that real Americans won't do.
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Again, no thanks. But clearly you seem to be enjoying Trump. And they said there are some dirty jobs that real Americans won't do.
You just shit on just about half the electorate, Mr. Inclusive. You’re on your way to being so inclusive that you’ll be all by yourself shouting at the sky before long.
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So are Democrats.

You don't get to decide who are and aren't "real Americans" asshole.
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Yep. Just me and the other half or so of the electorate. All alone.

P.S. that shit all over your nose isn't mine. We don't know each other like that.
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Then if all those other issues are so important, why the hell can't the Democratic Party unbend enough to remove just one goddamn plank from their platform that keeps losing them elections? But no, apparently it's the progressive Left for whom guns are objects imbued with associations: symbolizing the inherent illiberalism of conservatives- as indeed the multiple slurs of the OP demonstrate.
I DO agree with you! I really wish the D's would de-emphasize guns. The guns themselves are a small problem; they just annoy rationalists like myself because they epitomize American stupidity.

I wonder if YOU would agree with ME? That only strange stupidity could cause someone to treat a possible ban of the AK-47 as more important than the myriads of damage Donald Trump is doing?
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You don't get to decide who are and aren't "real Americans" asshole.
Too late for that. Seems he already has.
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And you are doing the equivalent of shitting in the middle of the living room floor in a desperate attempt to get people to pay attention to yourself. Your "points" are stale and you got boring fast, so I'm moving on.
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Then if all those other issues are so important, why the hell can't the Democratic Party unbend enough to remove just one goddamn plank from their platform that keeps losing them elections? But no, apparently it's the progressive Left for whom guns are objects imbued with associations: symbolizing the inherent illiberalism of conservatives- as indeed the multiple slurs of the OP demonstrate.
Are you for both sides to quit talking about guns, or just the Democrats?
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Probably because people wouldn’t believe her, or any of the others. Dems seem to think you can just take pictures and awkwardly pander and lie and it sells.

And Democrats like guns too, bud. It’s as American as apple pie. You think 300++ million firearms are in the hands of the “gun nuts” then you’re bound to keep losing.

Which is cool with me.

I could write a dem party platform right now for Yang or Tulsi and if the left threw their weight fully behind them, they might actually win.

But thankfully they have no plan to do that and your friendly water carrying media doesn’t either.

So that’s good.
"Dems seem to think you can just take pictures and awkwardly pander and lie and it sells."

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"Dems seem to think you can just take pictures and awkwardly pander and lie and it sells."

OK yes he really said that.
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