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Would your opinion change? BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3726 posts
15th Apr '13

If you are against stronger gun control laws do you think your opinion would change if someone close to you got shot, or there was a mass shooting "close to home?" Why or why not?

jo-jo 2 kids; ..., SA, Australia 2305 posts
15th Apr '13

It wouldnt change my opinion.
I still do think that the process of obtaining your firearms licence and obtaining a firearm have to be looked at more thoroughly, there are alot of people that just get there firearms licence handed to them when they are not of sound mind and that is what bothers me the most.

~Raylan's Mama~ 1 child; Tennessee 2116 posts
15th Apr '13

Nope...if anything it would make me feel more strongly about wanting my gun. I do think there should be a psych eval when getting a weapon tho.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23132 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting BRowell:</b>" If you are against stronger gun control laws do you think your opinion would change if someone close to you got shot, or there was a mass shooting "close to home?" Why or why not?"</blockquote>




I don't favor stronger laws. I favor enforcement of our existing laws.
I understand the emotional reaction to blame the guns. I dont think I'd do that as its not logical thinking.... But, like I said, I understand the emotional, illogical reaction.

user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
15th Apr '13

Wouldn't change my opinion at all. Blaming the guns for killing people is like trying to blame your pencil for your spelling errors.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23132 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sailor Moon:</b>" Wouldn't change my opinion at all. Blaming the guns for killing people is like trying to blame your pencil for your spelling errors."</blockquote>



And forks for weight gain :)
Those damn forks!

user banned 2 kids; Iowa 7762 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting TheNuge:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sailor Moon:</b>" Wouldn't change my opinion at all. Blaming ... [snip!] ... trying to blame your pencil for your spelling errors."</blockquote> And forks for weight gain :) Those damn forks!"


I think I'm going to sue the for industry for making me such a fat fuck!

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
15th Apr '13

When deciding how I felt about stronger gun laws, I really tried to picture if my DD was involved in a school shooting (which I know it's one think to imagine, and another to go through but still I wanted to know if I would feel like the parents in Newtown) and it makes me want an armed guard at the school, not eliminate the guns. I'm in favor of background checks, psych evaluations, etc but do not think the government should ban guns. Criminals will find a way to get these guns anyway so making it illegal isn't going to do anything.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23132 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Madi's*Mama:</b>" When deciding how I felt about stronger gun laws, I really tried to picture if my DD was involved in ... [snip!] ... government should ban guns. Criminals will find a way to get these guns anyway so making it illegal isn't going to do anything."</blockquote>




The shooting makes me in favor of laws that help the friends and family of the mentally ill get help. CT makes it hard for the dangerous to be taken off the street for treatment. My understanding is that nothing has been done about that issue.

Madi's*Mama Due November 2; 1 child; Holland, Michigan 7391 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting TheNuge:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Madi's*Mama:</b>" When deciding how I felt about stronger gun ... [snip!] ... for the dangerous to be taken off the street for treatment. My understanding is that nothing has been done about that issue."</blockquote>



I agree. I think that is the real issue and should be the main focus, not the guns.

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9452 posts
15th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting BRowell:</b>" If you are against stronger gun control laws do you think your opinion would change if someone close to you got shot, or there was a mass shooting "close to home?" Why or why not?"</blockquote>



It's hard to say because I'm not against stronger gun control so it's really hard to think about it as if I were. I think it's terribly sad and I hate that children and anyone get shot, but those gun laws are going to keep guns out of the hands of regular people, not the criminals.

Brooklynn's ♥ Mama 1 child; Connecticut 1146 posts
15th Apr '13

I live in CT about 20 minutes from Newtown and a few friends of mine lost loved ones in the shooting, so you can say it hit pretty close to home. However, it has not changed my opinion on gun control. I am not opposed to a more in depth process when it comes to obtaining these firearms (extensive background checks, classes, etc), but I do not feel that making guns illegal will solve this problem. I am actually pretty against the new laws that have been passed in CT, as these types of incidents are going to happen regardless of what laws we put in place to try and stop them. Why take away an individuals right to bear arms because a few have abused the privilege? Heroin and cocaine are also illegal, but it hasn't seemed to stop that epidemic. Taking away our second amendment right will only leave the law abiding citizens defenseless against criminals who will ignore the law anyway....

Bumpachucka 2 kids; Missouri 84 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting jo-jo:" It wouldnt change my opinion. I still do think that the process of obtaining your firearms licence and ... [snip!] ... that just get there firearms licence handed to them when they are not of sound mind and that is what bothers me the most."

Actually, there are not "a lot of people who just get them handed to them". That's been proven false time and again.



I'm not opposed to background checks. But we already have them, so it shouldn't even be mentioned.



What the government wants NOW, is background checks done when (for example) a man gives a shotgun to his dad as a present or something. They want the dad to go in for a background check. The problem with that, is the only way the government would even be able to monitor that is if all guns were registered. And history proves what happens once the government goes door to door and makes sure every homes' guns are registered.

Kaleighshaleigh 3 kids; USA 6089 posts
15th Apr '13

No, because regardless of the situation its the fault of the crazy person, not the guns that kill innocent people. Look at the gun violence in places with strict gun laws. Stricter gun laws wouldn't stop Criminals. It just hinders the law abiding citizens.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
15th Apr '13

No one can answer this without bias until it happens to them.