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Hey everybody, I've got a few questions about gun control.  I'm  hoping these to be answered by a member of the NRA (full name and state in which you are located please!).  These questions are in regard to an English research paper I am writing, the topic being gun control.

1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?

2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective?

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control?

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control?

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control?

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any?

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA?

9.) What have been their accomplishments, including help from NRA, if any?

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future?

11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?  If not, do you think that exponents of gun control will possibly lighten/give up?

 


Posts: 0 | Posted: 7:32 PM on September 28, 2002 | IP
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i think you can find this information on the internet - I doubt you will have any takers.  Happy "fishing" though.
 


Posts: 0 | Posted: 2:17 PM on October 9, 2002 | IP
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These answers are just kinda off the cuff and I don’t post my full name, so you can e-mail me at tripoon@alltel.net for either a more in-depth discussion or my full name.  


1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?  Ideally no gun control is Constitutional due to the word “infringed” being used in the Second Amendment. Obviously, however, some controls must be in place to discourage those who the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to from acquiring firearms. Those people would be those who have had their rights “deactivated” through due process of law and those that are not citizens in the full meaning of term, such as adolescents.
   
2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective? They appeal to emotion, once an emotional response has been attained many Americans will voluntarily give up their rights for perceived temporary safety.

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm? I hunt and target shoot, both these activities are much easier with a gun. I also live in a rural area where the police may take 20-40 minutes before their arrival, a lot can happen in that amount of time. Also, it’s a tradition.

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control? Making the job of police easier, however so would repealing the 5th Amendment. It could reduce some of the accidental deaths with firearms, however, this would be more than offset by increased intentional uses. An educational program like the anti-smoking campaign would IMHO be more effective at reducing accidental firearm deaths which are only a very small percentage of the total without the danger of increasing violent crime

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control? An increase violent crime due to victim disarmament. The possibility of government oppression to the point of genocide. Before you scoff, realize that Germany before WWII was one of the most enlightened countries in the world then consider Waco and other incidents where the Federal government has abused it’s power.

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control? Brady

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any? Background checks before firearm purchases which is not IMHO unconstitutional so long as eligibility doesn’t require a ridiculous standard of propriety such as never having a speeding ticket. The Brady Bill does worry me in that regard but I think it is worth it.

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA? JPFO and WAGC.

9.) What have been their accomplishments, including help from NRA, if any? Reducing the perception that gun owner are the stereotypical white male redneck.

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future? No, registration is the first step and we are a few years from that IMHO.

11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?  If not, do you think that exponents of gun control will possibly lighten/give up? Gun control advocates will never lighten up because no gun control law that passes will ever produce the intended results and unlike prohibitionist I doubt they’ll admit their mistake and repeal the measures they fought to attain.

 


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I'm in Texas.  
1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?  The goal is to minimize criminal activity as much as possible.  All gun control actions should be weighed in light of it's impact on criminal behavior.  If it has no impact on criminal behavior, the law should be discarded.  The ideal amount of gun control is that which impacts criminal behavior, while in NO WAY impacting the ownership and self defense activities of law abiding citizens.  One must also be cautious to avoid violating the Constitution.

2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective?  If you notice, there is a lot of talk about feelings, in regard to gun control.  The goal of the average person who espouses gun control is to gain some mode of control over their environment against a threat they don't really understand.  They feel powerless to meet the threat on personal terms, and they do not feel like they have control over their lives.  They believe that the problem is violent gun owners, but the problem really is criminals.  They have not stopped to logically examine the issue and their reactions.  They approach the subject through a carefully constructed framework of emotional beliefs.

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?  I don't "feel" a need to own anything.  I recognized the possibility for criminal action, and recognized that if I did not want to be victimized, I should prepare by equipping and training myself on a realistic level to meet as wide a range of threats as I could possibly foresee.  I own guns for the same reason I have a fire extinguisher.  There is a threat, they are a tool against the threat.  

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control?  Only when gun control has a detrimental impact on criminal behavior is it an advantage.

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control?  When gun control needlessly hinders law abiding citizens from owning firearms and defending themselves without affecting criminals, this is a disadvantage.  This seems to be the rule, rather than the exception.

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control?Sarah Brady

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any?Being a major thorn in the side of all law abiding, peaceable gun owners for the last 20 years or so? LOL

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA?Pink Pistols, JPFO

9.) What have been their accomplishments, including help from NRA, if any?Setting the example for members of "special interest" groups, in this case, gays and Jews, that armed self defense is much preferrable to being a passive victim.

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future?Unsure.  If a complete ban occurs, it will be a peicemeal occurance.  Many laws will be passed over a period of time, each banning a certain type, caliber or configuration of firearm, until no firearms are left legal.  There will be no single "gun ban" law.  If you examine the gun types to which the gun control lobby objects, you will soon see that there is not a single type of gun that they do NOT target.

11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?  If not, do you think that exponents of gun control will possibly lighten/give up?The element missing in many political activities, gun control being just about the best and most high profile example, is that there is a distinct lack of critical thinking about the goal of the laws being advocated, and also the real effect of the laws being passed.  For example, to ban "cheap junk guns" or "Saturday Night Specials" has the effect of denying low income individuals their right to self defense.  This is economic discrimination and, often, racism.
Criminal activity is the problem, and all thinking has to be directed towards the prevention and termination of crimes.  Gun Control is a way to come up with an easy but ineffective answer, while saying "We can't do anything about the real problem, so let's DO SOMETHING!"  Doing something without a goal or direction results in the morass, both legally and politically, we find ourselves in today.





 


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1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?

I'd be happy with the ability to control my M14 well enough to ring a 10" steel gong at 500yd 80% of the time over iron sights.  

2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective?

Because the average person in this country knows so little about guns that lies can be very convincing.  In fact, the average person knows so little about guns that if his English teacher assigned him to write a research paper, he probably wouldn't have the faintest idea where to start his research, and would have to go looking for an NRA member on the Internet.  This is because so many children no longer have fathers who teach them about guns.  In fact, many children no longer have fathers at all.

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?

A firearm?  Why would anyone want to own a firearm?  That's like asking why one feels one needs to own an article of clothing.  Only a victim of the most crushing poverty imaginable would dream of owning only one article of clothing or one firearm.  A single article of clothing can't serve for everything, and neither can a single firearm.

A pistol can't pack enough power for all foreseeable situations and still be wearable.  A rifle can't be worn, and therefore must in many cases be left behind.  A shotgun cannot address long ranges.  Most centerfire guns are expensive to shoot, which means practice--and skill--will be kept to a minimum.  22LR guns don't have enough power for anything but practice, pleasure, and very small game.

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control?

The same as the advantages of any other skill.  Missing one's target is never productive and frequently dangerous and/or costly; therefore, one should strive for the ability to control one's gun.

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control?

Shoot too much ammunition learning to control too many different guns, and you won't be able to pay the rent.

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control?

Try Carlos Hathcock and Jerry Miculek.  The American gun culture is dying, but back in the fifties there was Herb Parsons, Ed McGivern, and Elmer Keith.  You can probably use Ad and Plinky Topperwein too, but I'd be surprised if you can discover who they were or why they were well known.

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any?

Well, Hathcock shot a guy in the head in Vietnam with a single round from a Browning M2 Heavy Machine Gun from about a mile and a half away; Jerry Miculek frequently empties revolvers into multitudinous small targets faster than you can even think; and I'll let you look up the others on your own.

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA?Pink Pistols, JPFO

Hmm.  How about most Hollywood movie producers?  They show some of the silliest and dangerous gun-handling methods imaginable, and portray them as producing awe-inspiring results.  Take the movie Lethal Weapon, for example.  Remember the scene in the pistol range where Martin Riggs shoots the happy face in the silhouette target?  There's a shot of Mel Gibson's face right in the middle of the course of fire.  Cue it up on your VCR or DVD and watch his eyes.

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future?

What a silly question!  Of course it will.  There's a point beyond which a government cannot go (what the point is depends on the people) while a significant portion of the populace is armed, or else it'll get itself violently overthrown.  If the US government expects to keep up with a changing world, it will at some point be forced to disarm the people for its own protection.  Banning firearms will be an important first step in that process, of course.

11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?

I'm not sure what you mean.  Are you planning to work in the government when you grow up? (Most people your age probably will.)  Then it'll be a definite improvement, at least for awhile.  A complete prediction is beyond the scope of this post, but historical examples abound.  See Russia under Stalin, Cambodia under Pol Pot, China under Mao, Cuba under Castro, Britain under Blair, etc.
 


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first off i will not post my name, you can e-mail me if you want it.

1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?

none really, i dont really have anything against background checks, but it is used too much.  i dont think that it is fair that if someone commits a crime of domestic abuse, or a crime similar, way back in their past, that they will not be allowed to buy a gun

2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective?

because they play on peoples fears.  they say that if you have a gun in the house, your children will basically be killed by it.  and every persons sole desire is to protect their family.

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?

i need to own a firearm because (1), it is my god-given right, (2) i want something to protect me and my family more than a sharp stick and 911, and (3) i really love shooting.

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control?

for the people, none, for the government, a powerless, remissive country that they can rule over.

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control?

taking away rights, taking away peoples right to protect themselves, taking away their right to hunt, and enforcing any rule the government wants to on a defensless people.

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control?

Sarah Brady, Bill Clinton,  Rosie O'Donnell, WAL-MART, LEVI STRAUSS.

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any?

well Sarah Brady got passed the Brady bill.  Bill Clinton is an idiot and a liar that should of been impeached, Rosie O'Donnel is a fat, loud mouthed idiot that doesnt know her ass from a hole in the ground, Wal-Mart is an monopoly that is single handedly running all the smaller stores out of business.  

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA?

TED NUGENT IS #1.  Charleton Heaston, Gun Owners of America, Sheriff Mack, Gunactivist.org, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson.

9.) What have been their accomplishments, including help from NRA, if any?

in  one lawsuit by Sheriff Mack, it was found that part of the Brady Bill was unconstitutional.   George Washington and Thomas Jefferson help concive the Constitution.  Ted and Shemane Nugent has many programs for educating people on guns, including Camp for Kids, which helps to educate both kids and their parents.  

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will
completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future?

yes, if Americans dont open their eyes and realize that the issue is more than just guns, but all of our rights as Americans.


11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?  If not, do you think that exponents of gun control will possibly lighten/give up?

i dont think anti-gunners will ever stop, they are just too stupid, and there are just too many of them.  







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1.) What do you think the ideal amount of gun control is?

As little as possible while still protecting the people's constitutional rights.

2.) Why do you think lobbyists' methods of persuasion for gun control are so effective?

Unfortunately the only exposure to guns many people have is by TV and movies. This is often a very negative portrayal. The gun control lobby plays off of these fears.

3.) Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?

1) A right not exercised is a right not worth having 2) Self protection 3) Hunting - my gun provides lots of tasty venison 4) Sporting - the same reason people feel the need to own footballs and tennis rackets

4.) What are some possible advantages to gun control?

It makes some people feel safer (not that they actually are, they just feel that they are). It also fits with many politically correct agendas which serves the purpose of getting some people elected.

5.) What are some possible disadvantages to gun control?

It makes sure that the only people with guns are criminals and also costs a ton in taxpayer money.

6.) Who are some active/well-known advocates of gun control?

Sarah Brady, Bill Clinton,  Rosie O'Donnell, Joe Biden

7.) What have been their accomplishments, if any?

They have strengthened my resolve to never give up any of my second amendment rights to fit somebody's political agenda.

8.) Who are some active/well-known adversaries to gun control, besides the NRA?

Ted Nugent, Charleton Heston, Gun Owners of America, Pink Pistols, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson.

9.) What have been their accomplishments, including help from NRA, if any?

Providing education on proper firearms handling, helping people fight gun control in the courts, increasing the awareness of gun safety

10.) Do you believe that the U.S. will
completely ban the right to own firearms in the near future?

If it does I'm joining the rebellion.


11.) If so, do you think it will improve, or de-grade modern day society?  If not, do you think that exponents of gun control will possibly lighten/give up?

I do not think it will change society at all. I just think that will prevent lawful people from defending themselves against criminals. A gun does not turn a lawful citizen into a murder or vice versa. I do not think that the gun control lobbyists will lighten up, just as I won't.


 


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" Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?"

Very simple.  I weigh about a hundred pounds.

One very bad and almost fatal experience tells me I cant fight someone twice my size.  
 


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" Why do you feel you need to own a firearm?"

Because I need to kill those nasty papers with targets painted on them.


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