First I will say that I was raised around guns. My father was an avid hunter and marksman. Hell, he even carved the stock for his deer rifle himself. I was raised in the military, and then I joined the military. I am not afraid of guns, I am a (*)(*)(*)(*) good shot (or was the last time I owned a gun. It's been a while) and I do not believe that guns should be taken away from our citizens. Don't let that fool you..I am a rabid left winger. I don't have guns now, because I do not care for them. I do not own a gun by choice..I like living in a country where I can if I choose to.
That being said, I would like to know exactly what controls would be acceptable to you? I am all about the Bill of Rights, and am well aware of them. I am also aware that no right comes without some codicils. We all have the right to freedom of speech, yet we are not allowed to say absolutely anything and everything with impunity. Yelling "FIRE!" in a crowded theater, defamation, etc etc. We all have the right to peaceably assemble, yet permits and facilities are required in many instances. Obviously, there are rules about certain of our rights. Yet, I never hear anyone saying that people should definitely be allowed to say things which cause death to others. People accept that these limited restrictions are valid for safety. Yet, I hear many people say that there should be absolutely no limit whatsoever allowed when it comes to firearms. There is no doubt that guns can be used to commit great acts of violence, just as words can sometimes also lead to violence, thus, it seems to me, that some small rules are not uncalled for in the case of firearms.
So I ask with all sincerity, what regulations would you consider acceptable, and why? And those which you do not consider acceptable, why not? Gun control arguments always seem to go like this..
"You want to take away all my guns!!"
"You want every 3 year old to be fitted with a surgically embedded holster, and taught to shoot to kill!"