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The Newtown Tragedy

wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:28 PM
How about starting with allowing at least one city to ban some guns as it sees fit (like DC or Chicago) in response to gun violence? That's the thing, conservatives see this as some all or nothing proposition. There are lots of instances where the Supreme Court does a balancing test between individual rights and the safety or betterment of society. I don't think a city/state should be able to arbitrarily take people's gun rights away. But in a place where gun violence is an enormous problem, I don't think it's too much to ask that a city be able to ban guns if they and the law-abiding citizens that live there think it will make it a safer place. Because they're the ones ducking bullets on their way to school and the grocery store.
UltraMan Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:32 PM
You know, at first I thought you were being facetious. You do know that those two cities you mentioned effectively banned handguns, don't you?

Guess what two cities have high murder rates and gun violence?
wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:38 PM
Hahahahaha, oh UltraMan...

You do know what "facetious" means, don't you?
wtmoore1 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:40 PM
Both the DC and Chicago bans were struck down by the Supreme Court. Since then they have been reenacted to look more like NYC, which isn't a ban. It's just restrictions that make it much more difficult to get a handgun.

But the problem with that approach is you are essentially trying to then ban with onerous regulation, and that's never the way to go.

This is easily dealt with if we had a Supreme Court that didn't have four members without a brain, including the Chief Justice.
maryanne24 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:43 PM
You have never tried to get a gun in NYC. You can't unless you have a lawyer argue it for you andy that cost my husband $15,000 grand.
maryanne24 Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 10:31 PM
Hello. NYC. Impossible to get a gun permit unless you pay a lawyer big bucks (like my husband). Still when we travel, we go out of our way to avoid be in NYC with guns. I don't know if gun crime has gone down in NYC but in the neighborhood where I work, the drug gangs have them and you hear shots occasionally....

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