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Gun advocates speak out.

Gun control opponents finally have their say


I truly believe that the laws and history of the United States allow people to own guns and keep them in their homes. I may not agree with it, but I believe it's the law and I really don't think there is anything inherently bad about somebody owning a gun.

But there are excesses and last week I heard of a modest proposal that might (I say "might") help prevent things like the tragedy in Aurora, Colo.

The suggestion is that we use computer technology to keep track of the purchase of weapons and ammunition. When somebody buys several guns of a certain type at a variety of stores and gets a lot of ammunition over the internet, an alarm would go off somewhere. Local officials will pay a visit and see what's going on. No harm, no foul. And just maybe they find a Jim Holmes holed up in his apartment with bomb making stuff, too.

That's not a terribly restrictive proposal, but in a previous column I wrote I mentioned how the gun whackos won't even have a discussion about it. Anything that they view as even some moderate element of control of any kind of firearm is off the table.

I could try to summarize the arguments made in the avalanche of comments I got on my column. If I hadn't been wearing my bullet proof tactical vest I would probably be dead by now. But it's easier if I let them speak for themselves.

These are all direct, unedited, talkbacks and emails I received. I have copied them and pasted them into this article. All spelling and grammar is the way it was in the original comment. Any talkbacks that supported my suggestion (few and far between) are not included.

This is about giving the other guys a chance to be heard. I know it's long, but I hope everyone goes all the way to the end.

  • Robert Davis: to conquer a nation first disarm it citizens~Adolf Hitler, you can take my guns when you pry them from my cold dead hands and what would of been wrong with some one in the theatre carring, say for instance a person like with with significant military training that could of easily stopped something like this, and I am not kidding either.
  • Craig Stephenson: Most people that have guns don't go around and kill other people, its those that are unstable and have screws loose in their heads. The guns just don't go out and shoot people, its the one behind the trigger that's doing the shooting. By trying to take guns away from the people that are law biding, you are just going to make it easier for the crimminals. Wake up, that's what the crimminals want, you think they will give up the guns they have. Hell no. We the people have the right to protect us and our families. The more people that carry guns the more we the people can help stop some of these senseless acts being taken out on others.
  • Robert Romaszewski: Journalists like you make me sick to my stomach. You need to get you termanolgy correct before you publish something. AUTOMATIC WEAPONS is not the correct term, automatic weapons are highly regulated by the ATF. Bad people are always going to have guns, and anything that makes it harder for law abiding citizens like you or me to go out and buy a weapon to defend ourselves, our families or our homes is absolutly against our second amendment. Guns are part of what made America great, without them we wouldn't be the greatest nation on earth. If you don't like it move to France.
  • fterific: the reason most law abiding citizens buy guns is for self protection, but I think the recent surge in gun sales is because the people don't trust their government anymore.The government has become so corrupt they are slowly eroding your rights away as a law abiding citizen and when all hell breaks loose because the government has screwed up this whole society with free handouts to the lazy and other people work two and three jobs to make ends meet their will be a revolution.Politicians and their dirty money have led this country astray and the evil people who profit from war, we will never have peace
  • Jack Viereg: This was a big Fing mistake to allow concealed carry. Now you have given every nut case the opportunity to shoot, maim everyone he /she sees as a challenge to his /her goals, be it financial, physical or psychological.
  • Greg Thomas: You Sir are an idiot. Our Founding Fathers knew all about mass shootings... remember the Boston Massacre? It was with THAT kind of mass shooting in mind that they codified the fundamental right of self defense - against people and tyrants - into the Constitution. If you don't like, GTFO! Go live in Canada where they have your precious (and worhtless) gun registration. Go live in Europe where they live under the thumb of their government at every turn. I don't care where you go, but I will not give up my rights because of your idiocy.
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possmann | Aug. 9, 2012 at 5:17 p.m. (report)

You're kidding right? This qualifies as an article? Do they pay you for this?

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ChateauDweller | July 26, 2012 at 9:14 a.m. (report)

Well, I'm glad to see Dave sort of understands the constitutional right to own a gun. It is not a matter of debate. Some simple research would have led Dave to Heller v. DC, where the Supreme Court confirmed that gun ownership is a constitutional right.

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KF | July 26, 2012 at 9:12 a.m. (report)

The problem with your proposal on paying people a visit if an "alarm" goes off when a limit of guns or ammo is reached, is the cost of the program. Also, I may buy 1000 rounds of .22lr to plink cans with, and shoot them all in a day. Are ATF officers going to come to my house over 22 ammo? And if they do, what happens if I've already fired it all? Hell, what happens if I buy a few hundred rounds of 9mm.. and fire it all before they get to my house? Are we going to presume the ATF is going to believe me when I say it's all gone already? Or are they going to use it as an excuse to ransack my place "looking for it?"

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mikeb | July 26, 2012 at 6:17 a.m. (report)

If we ban guns we should also ban alcohol. Sounds like hyperbole? Consider this. The overwhelming majority of people who own guns are responsible citizens who obey the law. Unfortunately, we have an element of people in this country who do not. We have people who are willing to take the life of another person. The vast majority of people in this country use alcohol responsibly. Yet, we have an element that always takes it too far and will get behind the wheel drunk. Each time they do that, there's a chance that they might kill somebody, yet they are not deterred. In fact, plenty of people are killed each year by drunk drivers. So should we get rid of alcohol as well? You can write all the laws you want, but keep in mind that criminals break the law. It's illegal to break into Dave Begal's garage, but according to him it's almost a daily occurrence. We could add more laws on breaking in and my guess is the same people will still break into his garage. On the other hand, the vast majority of us never would because we do follow the law and have some morals.

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