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To put that in perspective there was a total of 4862 murders in the US for the same time period. I hope u get my point that it doesn't make any sense to arm teachers. When you allow teachers to carry guns into a school you will create new problems that may be more horrendous than the few sensationalized deaths we have each year from kids shooting teachers.
You say it would give the staff a fighting chance. Ridiculous because even if this silly, half backed, irrational law is enacted there would only be a handful of teachers who would even consider arming themselves (most teachers are liberal) and now if you factor in the number of schools in the US and the chance of an incident occurring in a school that has armed teachers the possibilities are extremely remote. Even if he/she did wield a gun there is a good chance they would crap their pants and hide or wave their gun and get shot.
You might be shocked to learn that in NYC there are several jumpers each week who die by suicide. They like to use the train as a means of suicide. However, the media doesn't think it will sell papers so they don't sensationalize these stories. Why aren't we doing something to protect these misguided soles. Who decides where our societies resources should be placed. Do u want the media to tell u what to think and feel? Well I hate to say this but they do and I don't mean u personally but the general public at large.
Second. I'm all for taxi drivers, liquor store owners, and bank tellers being legally armed if they so wish. Why aren't you? Pizza delivery people, for example, are apparently some of the most at risk people for being the victim of violent crime. Why shouldn't they be encouraged to avail themselves of personal defense tools as they see fit (again, under normal legal channels). I sense a grand amount of paranoia against and a low opinion of the public in your desire to disarm these at risk individuals and the public in general.
yeah...You're right I don't want a minimum wage worker to have a gun. I'm not saying that your job equates to your intelligence but we need to face facts that the smartest people are not working for the lowest wages. I have an aunt who lived a good part of her life spending every penny on concerts and cigarettes. She lived at home until she was in her late thirties. I worked hard to go back to school and paid my way and stayed home to study while she partied. Now she is 40 working in Walmart. It's an honest job and I respect that she works but her decision making skills are poor and that is how she ended up where she is in life. Do u really want to give people with poor judgment like my aunt a gun? I sure don’t. She is also under a tremendous amount of stress because she can’t pay her bills and is always in debt. Not exactly the best profile for a gun owner. By the way she use to work in a liquor store too and was robbed. She wasn't hurt but if she had a gun she may have gotten herself killed.
I agree, you do sound paranoid and scared of society. A large number of states have liberalized their gun laws in the past couple decades. In these states I think almost all of them have seen marked declines in violent crime rates, many well below the rates and change in rates of the national average and states/cities of similar type. When these new laws went into effect in these states there was an initial "burst" of registration, but it eventually tappered off back to normal levels. Along with the increase in legal pistol owners and carriers, there was not a percentage increase in incidence of legally registered gun owners committing a violent crime, it remained vanishingly low compared to the incidence of "normal" criminal/non-registered-holder violent crime (which itself, as I said, fell well below national rates and rates of change for violent crime). (Most of this I've culled from the book "More Guns, Less Crime" and other reading and listening over the past few years, which I'm sure Devil and perhaps yourself will roundly reject as a useful or reliable source of information).
I'm not paranoid about society at all. I love this country and I believe that 98% of the people who live in this country are honest, hard working people who will rally around hardship and tragedy. I do think we have lost touch with our neighbors and many of us don't feel connected to our society and that is an issue. Anyway, I don't believe your statistics. Sorry - but it makes no sense to me that a criminal who is an addict or a dirt bag has taken the time to read the latest gun laws and has curtailed their criminal behavior as a direct result. Once again I'm not saying that all guns should be banned only hand guns. lets get them off the street so gangs and criminals don't have easy access to them. You can even keep your stun gun and shotgun. You can also trace crime rates to many factors in our society and skew numbers to substantiate an argument.
. Background checks, character witnesses, often safety a class or other seminars/training is involved, etc. We're generally talking about removing as much subjectivity in the approval process as possible and eliminating other do-nothing and hindering process barriers as possible, such as overly high, sometimes outright punitive registration costs and short license expiration periods, long processing delays, deliberate under-staffing of licensing authority offices, etc.
If you have a history of mental illness or a criminal history it will show up on your records. However, if you have a temper, make poor decisions or want to hurt people with your new weapon then a background check is not going to help much. This really doesn't matter because I don't think people who get gun permits go into crime. But as a citizen I don't want my neighbors carrying concealed weapons.
[/color]I'm all for making society more safe. I'm all for discriminating as best as possible the whack jobs from the average citizen before issuing licenses. But at the end of the day the fact is crime will exist no matter what and it is not a recipe for a safer society to disarm that society. That makes society more vulnerable to crime, it encourages more crime (often more violent crime), it makes the society vulnerable to its own government, and ultimately makes people wards of the state for individual safety which is, of course, entirely impossible to provide and totally antithetical to the principles of this nation.
I don't agree. Get handguns off the street and then we will have a safer society. Why isn't a 22 or a shotgun enough for you. Do u really need to have a hand gun with u everywhere u travel. If you are that paranoid then vote in politicians who will put more trained officers in the street. The one thing that you wrote which I think is silly is that we're more vulnerable to our government if we all have guns. Have u seen the weapons that our government possesses. Do u really think your cap gun would hold a candle to the heavy artillery they have. Do u really think the government is going to start rounding up civilians and if they did u would take on a whole swat team with a shotgun and your trusty revolver. The real reason you want your guns is so you can feel empowered and that you can protect yourself. God bless u but keep it to your own property. Don't bring your guns around my family or my kids. They are not wanted.