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Put Prospective Gun Owners Under The Microscope

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 9:44 AM
I tend to disagree with a couple of your premises. First of all, "All the crazies are mixed in with the sane gun owners" implies that we are hip deep in violent nut cases. The reality is we are not. Assuming a rate of 4 mass murder events per year, and a population of over 360 million, that's only a mass murderer nut case rate of 0.000001% Second, "Would you wish that you had a weapon...?" Rachel, you're a wonderful example of the gentler sex. Unfortunately, that means you have "victim" stamped all over you. The proper response throughout millenia has been to kill the robber/mugger/rapist/murderer, if you have the means to do so. The vast majority of people would be saying, "If I only had a gun." And they'd be right.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Dec 19, 2012 9:52 AM
Every state in the nation has laws requiring hunters to go through a 1 to 2 day hunter safety course before being issued a hunting license. That's because they will be carrying and using weapons to reduce the wild animal population to not exceed the carrying capacity of their environment, and to provide their families with good quality protein. But hunter safety instructors are not mental health professionals, they are only teachers. While usually won't pass a person unless they'd feel comfortable hunting with them in the woods, they do tend to err on behalf the of the prospective hunter.
Should firearms training and licensing be mandatory for all gun owners? Maybe. Even if it were, there'd still be a black market for fake...

PARIS -- Anyone who can't withstand a rational debate on the subject of gun control -- particularly in light of last week's Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut -- should be automatically prohibited from ever owning a firearm. In fact, this should be the number-one requirement of gun ownership: Can someone applying for ownership of a deadly weapon withstand an hour-long debate against someone in favor of gun control without resorting to physical or verbal assault?

Is it too much to ask that every person wanting to possess a firearm be subject to a battery of tests -- everything from...