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Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 11:03 p.m. MST

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JJL
Eugene, OR

What about "senseless" acts of violence committed by drunk drivers who kill with vehicles? Is Mr. Obama's proposing to restrict the the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol?

My opposition to gun control has roots in Detoit gun violence and currupt police officers. The criminals have guns and the law abiding citizens have guns to protect themselves from the criminal AND the currupt police.

My further oppostion to gun control comes from reading and understanding the Constitution (which, even setting aside the 2nd Amendment debate, does not authorize Congress to take acation against individuals' right to gun ownership).

Lastly, perhaps a peak into the history of governments that eliminated undesirable groups or individuals typically did so onces those populations were unarmed. Try comparing the millions of innocents slaughtered by armed governments against their unarmed citizens.

JJL
Eugene, OR

Proposals that are intended to violate Constitutional rights such as President Obama's, are not worthy of a vote in Congress. Would he suggest that a vote to pass legislation that prohibits the use of the internet for political speech, which would violate the 1st Amendment, be worthy of a vote in Congress? I doubt it. So why does he propose a vote in order to violate the 2nd Amendment?

Silly Rabbit
Small Town, USA, UT

Ummmmm..... Chi-Town already has strict firearm laws..... sounds like they are not working. And don't give me "well these criminals buy their guns out of the city" stuff. Criminals don't buy guns from gun stores criminals would never pay what we non criminals would pay for a gun. Im glad the Pres wants to change something...... Hope and Change are what he ran on havent seen it yet.... Gas, food, tires, oil have all tripled in price since he took office, I want to believe in our leaders but they fail us all to much. As we get poorer they get richer..... its the way it is and the way it always will be. So please leave me my pellet gun so I can kill me a pigeon for dinner.

wYo8
Rock Springs, WY

let see Chicago has the most strict gun laws in the country. the girl who performedat his inguration and later killed. The killer was still on the street after a third violation of probation. People look at the facts it isn't the gun its the thugs. nothing will change until people are held accountable for thier actions. This society has lost all value for human life. So take a gun away and thugs will turn to knives, hammers, bats, etc.no law will compenisate for the failure in the home.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Cars weren't designed to commit mass murder. Alcohol is strictly regulated; shall we do the same with guns, or is this a bad example? Most of chicago's confiscated guns come from a shop in Riverdale, just outside Chicago. The president doesn't control the price of petroleum or the products made from it. The second amendment does not entitle you to ballistic missiles. And the reason we should do something about gun violence is because what we've done up to this point, nothing, hasn't worked.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Chicago where I was born has a higher gunshot rate than New York City more than twice a large. New York is tough on gangs. Dhicago is not. Banning guns does not help. The homicide rate is half what it was 30 years ago, but you wouldn't know it from the media. People in Chicago need to have guns to protect their family and a watchdog is a good idea too. If I were a teacher I would carry.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

I don't carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don't carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Mountanman

Amen.

We have our liberties because we have the right to bear arms.

No country has become more free or secure by depriving citizens of rights and liberties.

Only the government becomes more secure in it's power and control over the people.

Anyone making the argument that government is too big and powerful to fight is making the argument that the government is too big and powerful, and that we need to make things "well regulated" again, and tip the balance of power back to the people.

Jack
Aurora, CO

@ Hutterite,
That point you missed? It's over there, in plain sight. We aren't discussing ballistic missiles, or any other strictly controlled explosive. We are discussing where the President got his ideas on gun control. It should be obvious what works and what doesn't and gun bans don't work. Chicago is the poster child for bad gun laws and bad criminal justice systems, among other things.

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