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Dutch Wrote: Yes Jared, of course you are right . But what I stated shows that this country is absolutely un-manageable and painted itself into a corner. The damage is done, there is no return because of the system. I guess the rest of the world laughs out loud at our own created gun heaven.
I think it's important for us to recognize that violent crime has dramatically fallen throughout the country in the past two decades. It is true that it has risen this year, but it is an insignificant rise when compared to the crime waves of the 80's and early 90's.
Dutch Wrote: Even Biden got a bloody nose from the NRA; I doubt if you can fight this or find a solution; like most gun nuts will say; you can have my gun over my dead body.They love their guns even more than their family.
The NRA leadership and the majority of NRA members are at odds over many gun control issues. There are more than enough gun nuts who love their guns more than their own families, but there are far more (74%, actually) who have no problem with background checks and other gun control methods.
Hell, the NRA used to be one of the biggest gun control advocates before their leadership decided in the 1980's to turn it into a political organization that advocates for guns to be everywhere in our society. That was because the NRA was bought out by the gun industry who wanted to sell more guns and the best way to do that was to infiltrate the organization and change its agenda away from pandering to hunting enthusiasts and teaching gun safety to being a right-wing hate group that thinks the only thing that will kill a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Dutch Wrote:Background checks are a farce; then you have to screen just about the whole population (at what cost?) because just about everyone owns a gun. Guns sold which had a background check only represents 0.5% of actual gun owners.
Actually, background checks are proven to work in more ways than one. Mandatory waiting periods are also proven to work. The vast majority of gun deaths in this country are by suicide and every single state that has instituted these two requirements have seen a decline in both suicides and homicides done by a firearm.
Only 1/3 of Americans own a gun, but the vast majority of them own more than one. That is why we have more guns than people in this country. It's not that the vast majority of people own a gun; it's that the people who own a gun almost always own more than one.
And I hate to break it to you, but that .5% number is woefully inaccurate. Roughly 60% of all gun sales are subject to background checks. I want nothing more than to see that number at 100%, but .5 is more than a little misleading.