I'm new here, and just finished reading this thread all the way through. Let me introduce myself and get into my reasons against any changes in the current gun laws.
I'm 59 years old, disabled, and have been shooting and hunting since the age of 8. I have custody of my 16 year old step-grandson, and started teaching him to shoot and handle a firearm at age 5. He's been hunting since age 8 and taking his own stand without me by his side ever since. He has his own guns on a gun rack in his bedroom, and I have never worried about him doing anything inappropriate, since I taught him the proper respect for guns when he was a baby playing with toy pistols.
I'm a SC concealed weapons permit holder in a state that requires every gun purchase from a FFL dealer to have a SC Law Enforcement Background Check run through NICS.....the same requirement for getting a cwp, along with taking and passing a course, range certification, fingerprinting, and payment of a fee for a 4 year permit. When I go into a gun store to purchase, there are no limits on how many guns, or types of guns I can purchase at any one time, and there is no restriction against purchasing the ammo at the same time. I go in and decide on what I want to buy, fill out the 4473 form, provide my cwp and dl for the dealer to photocopy, pay the man and walk out of the door with my purchases. Anyone who doesn't have a cwp, must wait for the background check and if it takes longer than 3 days, the sale is completed automatically. See, I live in a state where gun ownership and hunting is a tradition and a right. Are there limits, yes. I can not carry concealed or open in "gun free zones", or in any business that has a sign prohibiting concealed carry. To me, those are more stringent than they should be, since those are the places an armed psychopath is most likely to go on a rampage such as Sandy Hook.
People ask me why I carry a gun, and my answer is simple. I am too old and disabled to fight with my fists any longer and when I consider the lack of discipline and respect that is prevalent in our society today, I will be prepared for any situation. Maybe that's considered a callous attitude by some folks, but I prefer to call myself a realist......not a reactionary.
If we as American citizens bow to the anti-gun movement and allow any more restrictions under the Second Amendment than are already in place, then we will be the generation that allows the eventual complete disarming of all future Americans. Does anyone actually believe that tougher background checks are anything other than a smoke screen for gun registration? Does anyone actually believe that NICS destroys background check information after 90 days? Why is it that FFL dealers must retain all 4473 forms in perpetuity, along with a log book that indicates when, where and how any gun came into their possession as well as, when, and to whom it was sold, and those log books and 4473 forms must be available for inspection by BATFE at all times? Isn't that registration, enough?
As for the misinformation and outright lies spread by the anti-gun crowd's propaganda machines, it's up to us, the legal gun owners through discussion to educate the gullible individuals who buy their line. It's up to us to support the NRA, The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and our individual state's gun rights organizations as they battle the progressive ever left leaning liberal takeovers of our Constitutional rights. As someone else mentioned in this thread, if we give them one inch, they will take a foot. To that my response is they will actually take a mile. There are no legitimate reasons for banning any type of magazine, style of gun, or instituting tougher background checks, when the laws are already in place that should be enforced more thoroughly. When criminals get a slap on the wrist, instead or real punishment, then the resultant breakdown in the criminal justice system is the true culprit.......not guns and magazines! People want to prevent the psychopaths from getting guns and that's fine and well; but, when it's discovered that they have lied on the form 4473, where is the prosecution for that? Many of our armed citizens are veterans, and many have been diagnosed with PTSD, under the law, those folks can be denied the right to own a gun; is that fair? Once the government decides that someone is mentally unstable, for whatever reason, it's almost impossible to get a misdiagnosis reversed and rights restored. No one has addressed these concerns when discussing limits on mentally unstable(according to who) individuals. Should we as a nation have all children at the age of 12 go through a psychiatric evaluation to determine if they are predisposed to psychopathic tendencies? If so, then why not do just that and then tattoo "mental defective" on their foreheads. That would preclude any chance at falsifying information in order to purchase a gun. My point is where do we decide the limit is and or should be?
My right to own any semi-automatic weapon is just as basic as my right to own a single shot .410 or .22! The current proposed changes to those laws already would make my Remington 1100 with a thumb hole stock (one feature that emulates an "assault weapon"), illegal ! My Mossberg 500 with a magazine capacity of 8 rounds is going to be an illegal gun! Can any one of us say with absolute certainty that there will not be an effort to eventually outlaw even a double barrel or O/U? How about a 9 shot .22 revolver? As I pointed out, if we give 'em an inch, they will not stop until they have taken a mile!
It's not Durbin's place, nor is it Bloomberg's or Feinsteins, Boxer's, Schumer's, Leiberman's, Emmanual's, Holder's, or Obama's to decide for me or any other American citizen what should be allowed or banned. That decision was made when the founders wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
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