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    Should everyone have a gun?

    A friend of mine and me had this debate thought it would be interesting to see your ideas. Generally speaking exception felons, psychologically or mental unstable, or criminals. Do you think everybody should own a gun?

    Further debate in discussion, should everybody have a HANDgun? OR a rifle? What do you think and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeleinen1 View Post
    A friend of mine and me had this debate thought it would be interesting to see your ideas. Generally speaking exception felons, psychologically or mental unstable, or criminals. Do you think everybody should own a gun?

    Further debate in discussion, should everybody have a HANDgun? OR a rifle? What do you think and why?
    the way our world is , probably. Maybe start with all teachers, and school administration in elementary schools.

    BUT, I have to vote NO.
    I have personal friends ,acquaintances, who I know should not carry a gun.
    But maybe to own and keep a rifle or long gun in the closet would be ok ,just in case the redcoats are coming,lol.

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    The word "should" bothers me because it implies the next step; required. Granted a few places in the U.S. have proposed laws requiring private individuals to have guns available to them and one, Kennesaw, GA, passed just such a law in 1982. But they had good reason to do this.

    Other good reasons would be if the social order in the nation really broke down and people banded together in small communities for their very existence. In a case like this, they should require all able members of their community to have arms and to go armed.

    In my opinion, whether or not someone chooses to own and carry a firearm, except in extraordinary conditions, is totally up to them. If the area in which they live becomes a nightmare of crime and violence, then they may pay the price for their refusal should they not want to have firearms. I don't feel sorry or have compassion for people like this if the were in a position to see it coming and refused to take the necessary precautions.

    So should in normal times and normal situations is a bit of a harsh word. I would say that it is prudent for folks to have arms.

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    just as gun control tries to keep me from my right to keep and bear arms... any law that requires you have a gun, violates by right to not be armed if i so choose... same evil of contol imo... i choose to carry, if you dont its your choice... just llike i choose not to hunt, but would if i needed to.... its your choice to hunt, great for you... i have no problem with that either.... im using the word YOU in general not directed at anybody on the forum or the original poster...

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    Haha,

    I don't mean it should be required par se, I just mean do you believe it is foolish to NOT have one? Maybe its obvious because since you guys do all have them obviously its uniform

    Im not for the government requiring anything of any person in matters of being a private free citizen

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    To answer the question as asked, no.

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    question is not about the right to bear arms, but the ability and suitability of the individual and his/her rights.

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    I voted no. In my lifetime, I have known more than a few people who I would not be comfortable around, knowing they owned, possessed, or had access to, a firearm. Most had simple anger-management issues that they were never able to get a handle on; others had severe maturity problems or chemical addictions that would make firearms ownership or possession dangerous, for themselves or others nearby. A couple were just not intelligent enough; they were unable to follow simple instructions, and would probably shoot themselves or someone else in fairly short order.

    Don't get me wrong, here; I also know better than to propose any way to screen folks like these out of owning/buying firearms, because I believe any law or other tool able to do so would rapidly be turned against ALL gun owners by ardent anti-gunners. Luckily, many folks of the types I listed above choose to NOT own firearms; I think that in many cases, they realize (consciously or unconsciously) that it would be a bad idea, so they don't do it.
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    I voted "no" as well. There are plenty of law abiding citizens out there who shouldn't own a gun. Anger issues and blatent stupidity among other reasons. I was in the checkout line at a local sporting goods store the other day purchasing ammo. The clerk politely asked me if I was sure this was the correct ammo. The guy behind me (also purchasing ammo) piped up and said, "if you unsure of the caliber of ammo you need then you should not own a gun."

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    You get an unbalanced view of the need for gun ownership by reading these forums. We are all interested in guns for hunting and/or target shooting in addition to self/home defense. As a youth I was interested in guns as a hobby - not for hunting and not for serious competition target shooting but just "how do they work?" "how hard is it to shoot accurately?" etc when I was in college (engineering). I had friends who were also interested and I joined a shooting club where I mainly did bench rest shooting at 200 yards or more. I was involved in hand loading to support the bench rest shooting. Then I got married to a woman who did not like guns, got a real job and moved to a state where shooting was not a popular sport. For 45 years the guns sat in the closet. One, a Browning .380, stayed in a dresser drawer in the bedroom in case someone broke in. Nobody did. Then I had a scare. At 11:30 on a Saturday night suddenly there was no water in my house. I stepped outside and heard sounds of people moving around and talking in whispers. I got my .380 and looked more extensively around the neighborhood. It was young people, drunk from a party and playing with the some city water valves. I learned you can be drawn out of the safety of your locked home by someone turning of your water supply. I also learned that my .380 had deteriorated requiring some work. I traded in my old guns that were no longer practical and bought some new modern guns.

    So that got me into self/home defense guns. I also started noticing the high rate of home invasions where the victims were old white-haired people like me!

    But many people who look young enough to handle themselves can live in a high level of safety and have no need of a gun. If people have no interest and no experience, they don't need to get a gun unless their status changes. Now I go to a local gun store and shooting range quite frequently. I see many old people getting instruction in shooting for the first time.

    As gun owners we should answer people's questions about guns - where to get instruction, where to buy guns, etc. Not everyone should own guns but almost everyone should be able to get them if they want them.

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    I voted no for pretty much all the same reasons listed above: I too have friends I would not want to see with a gun.

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    I am for open carry and conceal carry, but I wouldn't want to see everyone doing it, just like ownership......

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    I votes "yes" but I mean only the people that are allowed by law to own them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ala Tom View Post
    Not everyone should own guns but almost everyone should be able to get them if they want them.
    I like this

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoMan View Post
    I voted no for pretty much all the same reasons listed above: I too have friends I would not want to see with a gun.
    I definitly know what you guys are talking about when you say you have "friends" who you would not want to see own a gun.

    I will say these people usually do not remain my friends. lol

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    "Not everyone should own guns but almost everyone should be able to get them if they want them."

    That's the way it is now,hit a certain part of town with cash and you're good.The problem is this isn't where the focus of gun control is being put.Nope,disarm the law abiding or total rule can't be achieved.

    To the OP,no,as much as I want to say otherwise.

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    I also say no. There are far too many progressive "I want the government to everything for me" types that have no business owning a firearm. That would be most of my relatives. These stick their head in the sand, I know so much more than you stupid Republicans idiots, deserve all that comes to them when the SHTF actually does arrive. It probably includes 90% of the people in my city - oh joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt45 View Post
    I also say no. There are far too many progressive "I want the government to everything for me" types that have no business owning a firearm. That would be most of my relatives. These stick their head in the sand, I know so much more than you stupid Republicans idiots, deserve all that comes to them when the SHTF actually does arrive. It probably includes 90% of the people in my city - oh joy.
    Dem progressives are the same as the Rep progressives neither party is worth a damn.

    Should everyone own a gun. Short answer, No.....

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    I voted no due to the large amount of morons in our country.

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    Everybody has one in Switzerland and look how it's working for them. Did they get involved in WWII? Nobody messes with them.

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