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Old 10-03-2017, 12:56 AM
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The U.S. has just experienced the worst mass shooting in history. Close to 60 dead and over 400 injured.

The gun control debate is igniting again as it always does after these incidents.

I don't know that gun control is the answer but what I can't help but notice is that the U.S. by far seems more prone to these kinds of incidents than other nations.
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:05 AM
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There's so much I can't stand about the gun control debate.

We have the pro-gun trying to avoid having the debate all together by saying it's "too soon" as if that's a real thing.

We have conservatives that claim we need more guns, etc. as if a large crowd opening fire on a hotel could possibly be a good idea.

We have liberals who suggest gun measures which wouldn't have changed a single thing.

And then there's the moderates who just want reasonable background checks, proper training for those who purchase guns, and just general responsible ownership.

I just have problems with there being so much protection for those who sell guns. Because of laws protecting them, they can't be held responsible if someone purchases a gun to use a crime. Even if it's been an obvious straw purchase, holding gun shops responsible in court has been severely challenging.
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:41 PM
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There are so many layers to this argument.

And in the end this is a perfect example why many of them are bullshit. Getting into them would be counterproductive.

Because in the end, as a society we decided that this is acceptable. The right to have a gun is more important then why they are used for. Honestly I think after Sandy Hook all hope of discussion and action was lost. As a nation we normalized the death of children, how do you turn back from that.
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Old 10-03-2017, 06:17 PM
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Too much of the debate is about what gun control can and cannot prevent.

Yes, you can have all the gun control you want, and it isn't going to prevent all massacres. For all intents and purposes, this massacre probably wouldn't have been prevented from gun control. However it can still reduce gun crime through Greenday's moderate solution.

I don't want to take everyone's guns away. I think use of them for sport and even self-defense is something we should defend as a right. However, we really really need to tighten the regulations to help reduce gun crime, which is a rampant and pandemic issue. For all of these high profile events there are dozens of underreported events all over the place.

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I just have problems with there being so much protection for those who sell guns. Because of laws protecting them, they can't be held responsible if someone purchases a gun to use a crime. Even if it's been an obvious straw purchase, holding gun shops responsible in court has been severely challenging.
I haven't done much research on the whole seller side of the issue, however it sounds like we are spending more time holding liquor stores accountable for selling Bud Light to 19 year olds than we are for gun store owners for selling guns to unauthorized people.
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:39 PM
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While I support gun control myself- and I suspect admitting that may well mean some people don't actually read what I say- I'll freely admit that what really needs to happen is identifying where the guns used are coming from- and tailoring legislation to choke off criminal's supply of guns. (for instance, if it's straw purchases, then off the top of my head, making the straw purchaser liable for what the gun was used for would help discourage the practice. If it's theft from legitimate owners, then require legitimate owners of guns to secure them better, and so on)
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:47 PM
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You can't always blame the gun store owners, I don't know if it's the same with long guns but with handguns the store owners have to call the FBI and report the purchasers information before they can walk out of the store with the gun.

The store owners can also sell to a person legally w/o knowing it's actually a straw purchase. A straw purchase is when a person who can legally purchase guns does so with the intent on selling them to people who cannot legally purchase guns.

You don't know when a person might go off their rocker or have their guns stolen and subsequently used in a crime.
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Old 10-03-2017, 09:25 PM
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Because in the end, as a society we decided that this is acceptable.
No we as a society did not. The supreme court and gun manufacturers redefined the 2nd Amendment. We as a society didn't get a say.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:11 PM
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Should a store or person that in good faith the followed the laws regarding the product be held responsible when the product is used outside the law?
When does the responsibility end?
How many in this thread have actually bought a firearm or ammo?
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Old 10-03-2017, 11:23 PM
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The store owners can also sell to a person legally w/o knowing it's actually a straw purchase. A straw purchase is when a person who can legally purchase guns does so with the intent on selling them to people who cannot legally purchase guns.
That's why I suggested making the person who makes the straw purchase liable, since they definitely do know they are intended to go to someone not legally allowed to purchase a gun.

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You don't know when a person might go off their rocker or have their guns stolen and subsequently used in a crime.
There's not a lot you can do about cases when someone genuinely does "go off their rocker", though I'll point out that all- or almost all, I can't remember how much Sandy Hook was planned out in advance by the shooter- actual mass shootings weren't actually a case of a sudden snap. All of them were planned out in advance.
As for someone having their guns stolen, that's true- which is why I suggested that requiring greater security on firearms might help, if that turns out to be the main source of firearms used in crime. At no point did i suggest the legitimate owner be liable.

I do, however, think that there is a specific circumstance when the store owner should be liable. If a store owner deliberately bypasses normal procedures for verifying a purchase is not a straw purchase- and/or normal background checks- then they should be liable on the grounds that it was a deliberate act by the storeowner not to follow usual procedures.
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Old 10-04-2017, 03:48 AM
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If a FFL holder knowingly sells or bypasses the law they are already liable according to current law. Licensed dealers that regularly "forget" to dot the Is and cross the Ts risk their license at the least and prison and/or fines at worst. There many rules and laws the licensed dealers must follow just on the federal level, then add on state, local and insurance carrier regulations.
For private sellers laws vary state to state. Some states require nothing (the gun show loop-hole) some states require licensed dealers be involved.
Other than a few dealers stepping up and admitting they solder that goomer a firearm(s) not much has been said as to how he acquired his firearms. They're also saying he was using "bump-stop" stocks and the rifles weren't full-auto (I can't validate the accuracy so take that with a grain of salt.)
The only thing I know for sure that guy had to have a screw loose.
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