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Today's Poll: 08/31/2015

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Do you think the US should have stricter gun control laws? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
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nxr142
on 08/31/15
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. Why is it that people completely ignore that part of the 2nd Amendment and just jump to the part where it says they get guns?
nxr142
on 08/31/15
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State. Why is it that people completely ignore that part of the 2nd Amendment and just jump to the part where it says they get guns?
rlupton
on 08/31/15
No, we need to enforce the laws that are already in place.
brehamilton15
on 08/31/15
When I say 'yes' I mean to make it so not just anyone can get a gun. A multitude of people have guns and firearms that shouldn't and some people have military grade weaponry that they don't really need. Just screen people and see if they will use the weapons they have for protection or hunting (those are the only types of weapons my family has) and are in the right mind to have them in the first place. I'm not saying to take guns away outright, just give them only to responsible people.
Miming227
on 08/31/15
Manufacture less bullets and make it more expensive to buy than guns. Control its supplies and suppliers. Limit how many box/rounds per eligible person.
tonita1029
on 08/31/15
Unfortunately, society seems to demonstrate that killing each other is the only way to resolve issues. There is so much more awareness when it comes to getting psychological help, but people just don't or can't accept that they need help. If a person see's therapy as "that's for crazy people, and I'm not crazy," I'm sorry to say it, but you need help my friend. This world is not perfect, and it might never be perfect, but if people were asked to go through some type of psychological testing, maybe that would be a start. Again, there will be people that will find a way to get their hands on a gun at any cost, but we have to start somewhere.
Nathanael
on 08/31/15
BookwormHeather liked this  
To answer this question is to learn more about yourself. My question is: Why control freedom?
Jpwestrn
on 08/31/15
BookwormHeather and 4 others liked this  
They need to put more funding into mental health services!! It is not the gun it is the person using it!
opalorchid
on 08/31/15
and those people using it should have to pass written and practical tests in addition to background checks before being able to use it. ie- stricter laws
regmad
on 08/31/15
The real problem with guns is the glorification of vigilantism and 'bad @ss' attitudes proliferated by media. Movies, television, and video games all glorify that feeling of 'getting even' or gaining power over a person or group by shooting them up. Children, especially males, are sitting for hours and hours, days on end, scoring high points for killing off people or destroying things, etc., often at an age where they cannot comprehend the consequences of their actions. This programs them for life, so instead of maturing socially, they get stagnated in that mindset, so when they feel 'wronged', or want to get attention, they walk into a theatre, mall, or library, etc. and start mowing people down.

We DO need more mental health programs, but sometimes, a person can change in a matter of just weeks or days, and while someone who sees them everyday notices something is just not right, many of these individuals live in such a reclusive manner, no one immediately notices. That is what happened to a very good man in Tallahassee. He was not known as a mentally ill person, he was known as a very kind, civic-minded individual who did good things for others. His mental breakdown happened so quickly, before someone could catch it, he walked into the FSU library and started shooting. He was a legal gun owner. He had no history of mental illness. None of the safeguards put in place would have picked up on him. But because he was exposed to so much media which showed individuals 'solving' their anger issues with guns, he thought that was the way to deal with his issues.

I am not a gun owner, but I grew up with guns. My father taught my brother and me that guns were not toys, they were to be handled with respect, and most of all, NEVER point one at a human being.
atagahi
on 08/31/15
marpc and 1 others liked this  
Gun laws need to be more enforced. Plus there should be some sort of yearly testing owners need to go through, to check their mental/emotional stability and their gun training. Also no one who is not in the military or law enforcement should be running around with assault weapons.
thundersky
on 08/31/15
great points, I would support these views and any legislation for them. I do own a gun, and feel anything that makes people safer is a good thing, add to that retaking a drivers test when your licence comes up for renewal, and this world would be a whole lot safer.
Bibbie635
on 08/31/15
You can have all the gun control laws in the land, but that does not control the hearts of men. People who want to do evil will always find a way to do it, even with stricter gun control laws. If the Lord is not dwelling in the hearts and minds of man, then another evil spirit has taken control. We are living in a grand and awful time, where people's hearts are continually evil. They go to bed with evil on their minds and they wake up with evil on their minds. If they are not using guns, they are using bombs and other devises to take the lives of innocent people, with no regards for anyone.
dragonsdreaming
on 08/31/15
BookwormHeather liked this  
The people that go around shooting people will still shoot people. Your just making it easier for them to do that, when you take guns away from people all together and they can't protect them selves.
lackley763
on 08/31/15
MJBAM liked this  
We need proper sentencing for gun violations. Take the guns away from abiding citizens will increase the violence because they are defenseless. Many times it take police too long to get to you as we don't have enough police.
momof3b1g
on 08/31/15
Actually police get shot all the time and have guns.
Balletkimmy
on 08/31/15
Who are the idiots voting "YES" here? Do you think the holocaust would have happened if the Jews had guns? Educate yourself, people. Guns are NOT the problem!
mariposanlb
on 08/31/15
Bibbie635 and 6 others liked this  
As my dad used to say, "When you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns." Then how will the rest of us protect ourselves?
thundersky
on 08/31/15
Your father is a wise man.
durostfamily
on 08/31/15
momof3b1g liked this  
Gun control laws should be uniform from State to State and include mandatory license training and testing pre-purchase.
thundersky
on 08/31/15
Uniform from state to state doesn't work, since each state has different needs. Someone living in New York City doesn't have to worry about mountain lions eating their children or livestock , like someone out west does. And I would not want to see someone in New York City carrying a riffle.
thundersky
on 08/31/15
I do however think your mandatory licensing training and testing pre-purchase is a wonderful idea.
Lesbob
on 08/31/15
I used to feel that way, but I have begun to believe you will never be able to keep guns out of the wrong peoples hands although registration searches must and should be thorough. I also never felt I needed a gun, but this is changing too, I worry about the future of what is going on in the world.
aquietgem2
on 08/31/15
tomhodge and 1 others liked this  
Guns don't kill, people kill.
netguyscott
on 08/31/15
opalorchid and 3 others liked this  
Oh yeah let's see how many people you can murder with a 2" pocket knife. Guns make it very easy for cowards to kill people.
tennistwin
on 08/31/15
People can kill in many, many different ways. Guns are not the only thing used to kill. If they don't have a gun they will use a knife, if they don't have a knife they can use there bare hands. Or, you know, they will do what many people already do, get a gun illegally!
OldSwampFox
on 08/31/15
marpc liked this  
When the constitution was created and signed, guns were muzzle loading, single shot riffles. So, that's what everyone should be allowed to own and carry. Not the multi-shot machine guns.
thundersky
on 08/31/15
They need to enforce the ones they have, the laws are fine, it is enforcing them that falls short. Just like speed limits, they are set fine, people don't follow them and that is where the problem lies. Not enough law enforcement officers to cover what needs to be done. What we need is more law enforcement officers with better tools to due their jobs, while keeping them safe, not more laws. We also need more citizens to follow the laws and take personal responsibility for their actions, and help law enforcement instead of "I don't want to get involved"
lambchopcindy
on 08/31/15
Bibbie635 and 1 others liked this  
Won't matter either way. If people want them they will find a way and get them.
NoSwagOnlyClass
on 08/31/15
JumpinJerry and 5 others liked this  
Houston
concealed carry law
1700 gun suppliers
9.6 homicides per 100k
2.15 million pop.


Chicago
no law
0 gun shops
38.4 homicides per 100k
2.7 million pop.

In Australia 12 months after they passed their gun law taking them away. homicides up 6%, assault 9%, armed robberies 44%.

People who wanna kill people will do it without a gun, and people who wanna rob people will def rob you knowing you dont have one.
law Abiding citizens will follow laws, criminals wont. Use your heads.
ktchong
on 08/31/15
Sweetpeach and 1 others liked this  
Whoa. I did not realize the MAJORITY of people (Americans, I assume) support stricter gun control. That is a surprise.
komfykat
on 08/31/15
kflorman96 and 1 others liked this  
not all those voting are from the usa. a lot of members here are from canada / uk/ ireland. in those countries you cant walk into a store and buy a gun.
nicknick119
on 08/31/15
From what I researched a few years ago, Canada had more gun ownership than the US, but they still had fewer deaths by gun. Part of it was probably because there were lighter sentences due to death by other methods. Other methods, such as stabbing, are more difficult to carry out than gunshots
maozamom
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
The gun lobby has bought out government. That's why it doesn't matter what the people want. Overturning Citizens United to stop corruption is what is really needed.
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
iMasterAC130 liked this  
Most of the people who support gun safety don't talk about it. Most people want something done to try to prevent mass shootings, but the opposition is way more vocal.
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
its the third wheel that screwed opposers wishy washy dependents
komfykat
on 08/31/15
in the usa you buy a gun. you dont get the gun immediately. then you go to the local sheriffs office. where you fill out the paper work. depending on your answers, you will either get a permit in 10 days, or a visit from a sheriff to figure out your answers and to investigate your answers. after you get your permit, you can go to the gun dealer, show him the permit, and he will give you your gun. or, you can go into the inner cities and buy a "used" gun thats either had the serial number sawed off, or no one cares where it was used before. most of these guns are from home robberies. the guns on the street from home robberies are the problem.
CMK1130
on 08/31/15
Everyone should be able to own a gun, except Felons, for protection but it needs to be registered and each person responsible for his/her own.
crime would decrease if each was able to have protection.
Karihokie
on 08/31/15
Bibbie635 and 5 others liked this  
The mental health issue seems to be the problem, not the guns. Guns don't kill people. People with guns kill people!! Crazy people!!
JCoopStep
on 08/31/15
nicknick119 and 2 others liked this  
Criminals have never and will never follow the law, hence the definition of a criminal. However, you should have to show more than just your drivers license in some states to get a permit.
Moonapple
on 08/31/15
brehamilton15 and 7 others liked this  
I'm fine with people owning guns. It's the lack of training I don't agree with. Every gun owner should go through a process similar to getting your drivers license. A written test, training, etc.

I do believe gun clips should have less bullets. With proper training there is no reason to have more than 5 bullets in a clip. If you can't hit your target in 5 shots (factoring in evironment, emotion, etc) then you shouldn't be using a gun. Any more than that you are trying to kill.

Just as bartenders are being held accountable for drunk drivers, car owners loaning their car to someone, gun owners should assume the same thing for anyone using their weapon. So storing the weapon in a locked safe with safety is mandatory.
swissmami1978
on 08/31/15
I couldn't have said it better myself
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
Totally agree with you.
RickNos
on 08/31/15
marpc and 4 others liked this  
Yeah, I'm a gun owner and I believe automatic and semi-auto rifles, handguns, and shotguns should be illegal. You don't need that for hunting or self defense, so you don't need it at all.
lilbitcal
on 08/31/15
nameagain and 1 others liked this  
Guns don't kill, people kill. We should look into the mental health problem we have! We have enough gun laws that are not being enforced!
carlund
on 08/31/15
Bibbie635 and 10 others liked this  
Criminals are going to get guns no matter what. Leave people alone that hunt and use guns for protection. If you take our guns away how are we going to protect ourselves against crazy criminals. It's not guns that kill people, it's people that kill people. I could go on and on about this but if you treat a gun with the safety it is meant for then why take away guns from innocent people. No matter what criminals are going to kill, be it with a knife, gun, a club, or whatever they can pick up and hit you with or strangle you with their own hands. We need more jails to house these people in instead of letting them back on the street or open the mental hospital back up and put these people back where they need to be instead of letting them back in society. Government has done this to the people. Use the money where it needs to be used in jails and mental hospitals. Do you know how many mental hospitals were closed down and these people were let out on the streets. The same with people in jail. They don't have room for them so just let them out. That is where the problem is, not taking guns away from law abiding citizens!!!!
DarkPrognosis
on 08/31/15
alilfury liked this  
The left believe the govt, and the police, will protect them. Ahem, yeah, right.
maozamom
on 08/31/15
AEF22 liked this  
the right believes they can fight the government with a gun. Ahem,yeah, right.
Lezzle9
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
Or maybe restrictions in the sense that people with a history of mental illness should not be able to buy a gun? People can take guns to a school, shopping mall, or movie theater and take out or injure dozens of innocent people - they're not taking knives or clubs.
motherof8
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
I think if more good citizens carried guns, the bad guys would lose their advantage. However, I think that gun owners must be trained and responsible. Just as we must demonstrate some proficiency and understanding of safety and law to get a driver's license, we should have similar requirements for gun ownership.
FireFalcon908
on 08/31/15
I used to think the issue was black and white when I first heard it. Now, I'm not so sure. I started to hear more of the argument, and the issue is much more complicated then I'd originally thought.
JayeLyric
on 08/31/15
The gun laws are fine the way they are
MikeJonBreu
on 08/31/15
Hell yes.
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
Raynarose777 and 2 others liked this  
I'm sure the NRA would love how much the "guns don't kill people, people kill people" slogan is being used here. They came up with it to sell more guns, after they changed from an organization focusing on gun safety and marksmanship and individual gun owners, and became a tool for the gun manufacturers. It's worked. And the more mass shootings happen, the more gun and ammo sales go up by scaring gun owners into thinking that the government is going to take their guns away, even if you talk about background checks, gun owners hear "they're going to take away the guns". Win win for the gun manufacturers.
tennistwin
on 08/31/15
nicknick119 and 1 others liked this  
If someone is planning on shooting another person, gun laws won't stop them. A criminal who is willing to murder someone is also going to be willing to steal a gun or obtain a gun illegally. Stricter gun laws are kind of pointless in my opinion.
Lezzle9
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 4 others liked this  
People that are afraid of stricter gun control laws scare me. We all know you love your guns, no one is gonna come to your house and take your guns! How are you so sure that gun laws are only going to affect "law-abiding gun owners"? The vast majority of mass shootings are committed by mentally ill, but otherwise "law-abiding gun owners."
Petra2201
on 08/31/15
tennistwin and 4 others liked this  
Just consider the latest shooting in West VA. What stricter gun law would have prevented it? He passed a back ground and check and the prerequisite waiting period. He was motivated to kill. In britain gun crime is down but knife crime is way up. It's a problem with people's morals not the weapon.
TheIdeaQueen
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
And there lies the problem that no one wants to fess up to.... CRAZY people get LEGAL guns. Our MENTAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS BROKEN! Until you all face the facts and that not all these mental health sufferers can be shuffled into prisons (which is where tons of them go) and NEED ACTUAL CARE then there will ALWAYS be crime regardless of the weapon. Some guy lost his ability to obtain meds for schizophrenia and set his wife on fire... another one in prison because they make it EXTREMELY difficult for someone that can't function in society as it is to obtain meds or help in some form TO be a functioning member.
jfighter9
on 08/31/15
Cruiser1634 and 1 others liked this  
Actually the vast majority of crimes are committed by people that vote democrat! Criminals are usually lefties/democrats!!!!

Of course you will always protect the rights of criminals and thugs, because you are that dumb!
opalorchid
on 08/31/15
where are you getting that? you have a source?
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
nicknick119 and 1 others liked this  
Criminals are usually lefties? Sources? References?
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
cswrawr liked this  
I just realized my username makes me look like a left winger, I just picked my name out of thin air....
AlpineBimmer
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
Gun laws are fine. PEOPLE are the problem!
xXmanutd4lyfXx
on 08/31/15
tennistwin liked this  
Oh dear Swagbucks. Aside from abortion I think this is the most controversial poll topic you guys could have chosen. It'll be interesting to see the comments below.
ERNESTOJESUS
on 08/31/15
deberian de hacer los examenes sicologicos e investigar a los que aplican para comparar un arma. acdemas de los antecedentes penales .
wowmomma
on 08/31/15
jlarmstrong34 and 5 others liked this  
People kill people. Guns do not kill people!!!
koalacoins
on 08/31/15
opalorchid and 4 others liked this  
People with guns kill people*
lars29
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 2 others liked this  
I wouldn't mind stricter control, but of course it's not going to prevent too many shootings. Maybe only a few now and then done in "heat of the moment" by people that have a record of instability but are not premeditating to kill.

I see no harm in requiring a background check or a clean record to purchase. But making guns totally illegal to purchase would be a recipe for disaster.
truublx3
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 11 others liked this  
Lol so you think the thug that just got of jail who knows the thug selling stolen guns out of his trunk is going to run a background check??? Gun laws only make it more hard for the people that OBEY the LAWS to get guns. The thugs will always have that other thug selling stolen guns. This is like saying lets make drug laws tougher yeah how well does that work out every day?????
koalacoins
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
There's a problem with this country when it is actually legal to do what you describe. As long as you are only selling 1 or 2 (maybe 3?) guns, then selling them without any sort of check, outside of your truck or whatever, is perfectly legal to do in much of the US (maybe all? I know it is legal in my area). The problem isn't simply with criminals, it is also with way too many guns being in circulation. Even people who are trained can still have "accidents" with their guns, or their family members can get a hold of their guns and accidentally or intentionally shoot people. It is insane that we make it so easy for the average person to have a deadly weapon. If you look at mass shootings, most of them were committed by people who legally obtained their guns or who stole from their family members. If it was harder to get access to guns/less guns were in circulation, there's no guarantee they would have gone out and got those weapons.
DarkPrognosis
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
The liberals/"progressives" don't think like this but truth is truth and the only people hurt by stricter gun control laws are the law abiding citizens. Sorry, I don't want to come to a day that I have to protect my family with a wooden baseball bat (they will control those next so maybe a spoon) against some thug's glock.
Lezzle9
on 08/31/15
opalorchid and 2 others liked this  
How are you so sure that gun laws are only going to affect "law-abiding gun owners"? The vast majority of mass shootings are committed by mentally ill, but otherwise "law-abiding gun owners."
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 1 others liked this  
The mass shootings in America will continue because nobody is going to be able to do anything about it. It's sad. Whatever the answer is, it's not going to be done because the powerful in control want to keep the status quo. I'm not convinced that gun control laws can do anything at this point because America is now full of people who think that the only way to live is with lots of loaded guns around them.
imbri
on 08/31/15
opalorchid and 3 others liked this  
all you people that said 'no' stay out of my neighborhood.
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
they should make a prison state like new australia. grow you own pot criminals and farm for yourself you borders are locked down.
1Familyman
on 08/31/15
12greens and 2 others liked this  
you stay out of ours, gun laws cause crime to go up!
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
lonewolfvamped liked this  
go have your own state and leave alaska alone. dont go there honey.
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
this is how alaskan gold and oil go robbed and/or commandeered
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
opalorchid liked this  
Too right! I don't want these whack jobs anywhere near me. While they're "defending their right" by shooting someone they think is a threat (but probably not even a threat), they'll probably miss and hit me or my kid.
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
wiselefty liked this  
the polic shoot because they are afraid of cellphones. cant eveen record the truth.
airbud1997
on 08/31/15
jlarmstrong34 and 4 others liked this  
When there is a real threat you'll wish one of us whack jobs was there to protect you. :)
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
So why would you take that personally if you're one of the good guys? It shouldn't matter to you, if you're a regular responsible gun owner. You should be able to understand that there are whack jobs and then sane gun owners.
wiselefty
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
My husband and I have a gun, thank you. We wouldn't use it lightly, and it will never be in the hands of our child (until he's old enough to learn how to shoot and respect the gun), and so help me it'll never make its way into the hands of someone who thinks that shooting an innocent person is a way to solve problems.
adambobwaters
on 08/31/15
Greekphilo and 3 others liked this  
There are so many other ways to protect one another with out killing anyone.....I'm sick and tired hearing about all the shootings going on.
jfighter9
on 08/31/15
jlarmstrong34 and 1 others liked this  
I always knew that most of the people doing here were DUMB and delusional and LEFTIES and this proved it! Only EVIL people fail to understand and respect our universal and eternal right to self defense! Only EVIL people are happy when innocent people cannot fight back against tyranny and the bad guys!

Trying to take away my rights while protecting the criminals is disgusting and despicable.
Move to Mexico or Brazil, they have super strict gun laws, you see how much that work out for them! Innocent citizens live in far while the state fail to protect them!
FracturedMirror
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise and 5 others liked this  
Stricter gun control would only hurt honest people. Criminals would still get them just as easily, sometimes even from the government themselves (see Op Fast and Furious). Around here the police are an absolute joke, and if something bad is happening I personally wouldn't want to wait an hour or hour and a half for them to respond to protect us.
DarkPrognosis
on 08/31/15
There was a recent (last 20 years) ruling by the SCOTUS that said the job of the police is not to prevent crime but to (basically) mop up afterwards. After that I became a HUGE pro gun advocate.
Punkroku
on 08/31/15
thats to i feel i want to call dominoes an 911 at the same on a tv show...
BLUvinny
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
Gun control should be aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, not at normal citizens - and maybe the types of guns - no one needs a AR-15 or any fully automatic gun for hunting....
aerostoth
on 08/31/15
jlarmstrong34 liked this  
Right, but the whole purpose of the second amendment is for the public as a whole to pose a greater military threat than the police.
QB907
on 08/31/15
tfjparadise liked this  
They should hold criminals accountable, and reinstate the death penalty.

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