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Steve Benson

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  1. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    “But then terrorists, criminals and pschos would be deprived of their Constitutional rights.”

  2. ralphewest

    ralphewest said, over 3 years ago

    @Justice22

    In my opinion, criminals gave up their law-given rights when they broke those laws.

  3. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    Gun sales are booming (haha). As the mouthpiece for the gun manufactureres, the NRA has achieved its only goal.

  4. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, over 3 years ago

    The problem is that the Obama administration now claims that universal background checks can’t work without universal registration, which is currently illegal and with good reason.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    How many of you really care about the truth? Certainly a cartoonist is out to garner a following and uses exaggeration to do that. Yep most gun owners I know – and I know a bunch of them – think the background check thing is ok. What do the police think?

    A 2013 survey of current and former police officers gives us their take on current legislation. 85% (sample 15K which someone here insisted is a “signigficant” sample) of those polled saide passage of the White House current proposed legislation (gun control) would have no or a negative effect on officer safety.

    When asked if a federal ban on semi-auto weapons (assault rifles) and magazines over 10 rounds would reduce violent crime, 95% said no effect or a negative effect.

    79% said that prohibiting private non-dealer transfers between individuals would have no effect on reducing violent crime.

    You all say police are the experts. Police are the ones that know about violent crime and polioce are on the front lines dealing with criminals. So listen to the experts.

    The “survey” link takes you to a PDF file with 17 pages of questions. you really should see the results.

    Poll done by the group found here: http://www.policeone.com/about/

  6. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    I will look at the poll. But as a social scientist, I can anticipate problems with it quite easily…first of all, police officers’ opinions are NOT necessarily “the experts.” Looking across a geography and across years is not a matter for a cop on the beat, though I agree they should be listened to as ONE source of evidence. Having said that, police are a part of this country (which has been irrational on this subject forever), and tend more towards the pro-gun views to begin with.
    The fact is that other countries have tougher gun laws and they don’t have our handgun murder rate. Period. Until someone can answer why that is true, then challenging the idea of ANY gun control law is simply nonsense.
    Second of all, I could interpret this exactly the opposite as I think you are: that we need TOUGHER laws to have a REAL impact, which may indeed be true. We haven’t introduced any tough laws yet.

  7. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    @ralphewest

    So true, but gun shows and private sales are where criminals get most of their guns. In maost states, no background chec is required. Last year over 150 people on the “terrorist no-fly list” legally purchased weapons. There is nothing to say that they cannot purchase a weapon. Psychotics cannot be reported because of doctor-client privilege. Do we need more gun regulations?

  8. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    " Anyone who needs high capacity ammo magazines and assault weapons is too incompetent to own guns."
    .
    Nobody “needs” high capacity magazine and scary looking “assault weapons”. Nor do people need SUVs, large screen TVs, cable television service etc.
    .
    What’s your point?

  9. Lucas Foxx

    Lucas Foxx said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671
    Since the results you reported seemed so different from what I’ve heard from actual servinig law enforcement officials, I had to follow your link. There is no evidence 15,000 current or former police officers responded to that on-line survey. They say themselves: “as verified by a qualifying question at the beginning of the survey”. The only thing certian is that the respondents landed on that website and answered the questions. Wayne LaPierre could have been one of those 15,000. They don’t indicate they had any way of proving the validity of the answers to their “qualifiying question”.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Mr. LaPierre is not doing the NRA or our nation any service.
    ^
    According to Louisiana, it is Unconstitutional for felons to be deprived of their guns.
    ^
    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/03/second_judge_rules_that_law_fo.html
    ^
    Last month, a man with a felony record was arrested with a 40 caliber pistol and an AK 47 with a 30 round magazine. If the judge’s ruling is upheld all felons arrested for possessing a firearm may be retroactively released. Here’s the link to that story.
    ^
    http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2013/03/new_orleans_judge_rules_statut.html
    ^
    Folks need to have info in order to make intelligent decisions.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  11. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, over 3 years ago

    Obviously Wayne’s positions have evolved.

  12. Justice22

    Justice22 said, over 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    I had to chuckle at the ruling that felons have the right to possess firearms because Louisiana was one of the states where they put trustys in charge of labor gangs and armed them with shotguns.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Bruce4671

    This is hardly convincing. The poll respondents were self selected from the Police One membership, which is a small subset of law enforcement officers.

    A quick look shows that anti-gun control folks were directing cops to take the poll. This poll is garbage from a statistical view.

    http://www.bluesheepdog.com/2013/03/05/policeone-gun-control-survey/

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1450958_Police_One_Poll.html

    https://www.facebook.com/TheLEAGC/posts/537412766279101

    http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/archive/index.php/t-718332.html

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Lucas Foxx

    Apparently you have to be a current or retired cop to be a member of Policeone.com. I’m not sure if I trust their verification of whether respondents are in fact cops, but I’m quite certain that the respondents were not a true sample of all cops.

    Cops are entitled to their opinions, but as motivemagus pointed out, they are no more expert than anyone else.

  15. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 3 years ago

    @Uncle Joe

    Plus the entire ultra conservative position htat such background checks will not stop criminals is based upon a ridiculous assumption. Of course, criminals do not obey the law, ANY law for that matter (especially for those criminals that would do others physical harm with guns or anything else for that matter). Does that then mean that we the people should just do away with all laws (and the courts, police, and jails and prisons also)?
    Does that make any kind of even common sense?


    Hey, I am sorry people, but anything that makes it even slightly tougher for criminals to obtain the most dangerous weaponry in the world is worthwhile to a law abiding civilization. And does not necessarily lead to the confiscation of legitimate firearms at all. In fact, I would think the the NRA would fully support such reasonable gun laws to avoid the extremists on the other side of the firearms argument from gaining momentum in actually getting confiscation types of laws passed. Or am I expecting too much logic from such as the leaders of the NRA?

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