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West Lake
Posted almost 2 years ago
Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?
Unfortunately, Craig, I do not share your optimistic view of mankind. I try to walk in the New Testament, but much of the world operates as if they are still in the pre-Old Testament. There are a lot of people who want to kill us and our wives and our children, and are doing so to thier greatest abilities, for what we believe in-freedom of speech, religion, etc., people who stone women and kill gay men and beat women for exposing an ankle. So the byword is to be prepared and stand ready, and then go about our lives to the extent that we can treating our fellow man with decency. If we lay down our guns and open our hands as you say, we'll just get our throats slit like so many sheep. That doesn't mean we don't help each other. As for money, it is a medium of exchange and a convenient store of value, not evil. We are free to choose how to live, at least in the US so far. Civil war comes from oppression, not from too many weapons. However, Amen to getting involved and holding politicians accountable. Although you and I disagree in a fundatmental way, we still could break bread together without fear, and probably find some common ground.
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West Lake
Posted almost 2 years ago
Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?
Time for some more unemotional information...in all states, any sale by an FFL (federally licensed dealer) must include an FBI and usually a state background check, conducted by phone/computer.fax at the point of sale. This includes all gun shows. In many states, individual citizens who are not dealers can sell rifles or shotguns without a background check, whether at a gun show or in a home. However, generally you cannot sell a pistol without going through an FFL, which would entail a background check. When I gave a pistol to a daughter in another state, it went through an FFL in that state. I could have ignored the law and sent it directly, but I am a law-abiding citizen. When my son recently purchased a pistol at a dealer, he had to wait a day because of a backlog in the background check queue. When I gave my over/under shotgun to my son last year in person, no background check was involved. Some states will not permit individual transfers without dealer involvement. In the extreme, for example, when passing through Massachusetts, I tried to purchase some ammo at a good price, but could not because I did not have a resident permit. That is not typical in the US. Criminals ignore all of the laws. Hope the facts help focus discussion.
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West Lake
Posted almost 2 years ago
Has the time come for the U.S Second Amendment to be repealed or amended?
Lee-Anna: Please allow me to provide some unemotional information. There is a considerable amount of fear of the concept of armed citizens by people unfamiliar with firearms, which is understandable. The advent of concealed carry permits (CCW) available in most US states helps with that; if done properly, neither criminals nor honest citizens will realize whether there is someone present who is armed. In the US, there are millions of CCW permit holders in most states. Why do people carry concealed firearms? There are a lot of answers, but perhaps it can be encapsulated in the the saying, "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away." I am one of a few I know who carry whenever it is legal. Why do I carry? Because my worst fear is being unable to defend my loved ones when I have the ability to do something about it. I have CCW permits fot 3 states, which with recprocal agreements, makes me legal in about 33 states. For me I cannot carry at work(due to corprate rules), in church, in schools, nor is it legal to consume alcohol in a restaurant while carrying. Like the vast majority of CCW holders, I have never drawn a pistol, although on two occasions in the past 20 years I reached inside my coat and put my hand on it, once at a bank ATM machine where two suspicious characters were hanging around the ATM I was using, and once while taking a walk late at night when a car full of young men stopped and backed up and I went behind a tree and waited. All firearms are locked in safes when not in use. All of my children (2 daughters 1 son) know how to handle firearms safely and can shoot rifles and pistols, and I help teach about 20 boys a year in Scouts to safely handle firearms and shoot accurately. My wife appreciates the additional comfort of knowing we are far safer from crime than most families, although she is uncomfortable with handling firearms. There are, literally, millions of US citizens like me.