Thanks Squeeze. I appreciate your points. It is all in perspective, and we are all entitled to our own thoughts and beliefs.Its hard to convey tone in a text so read this in the spirit of thanking you for a well thought out articulated post...
With those niceties out of the way the premise that you base the argument on is flawed. The idea that ones ability to enjoy guns in almost limitless manner is diminished because somebody else is legitimately denied the same is asinine. Is there a single person reading that cant name someone who should not have easy access to firearms....??? Now, assuming that even the most rabid armed bear supporter has enough mental capacity and intellectual honesty to admit that there are circumstances that limitations are necessary it becomes a conversation on where those lines are drawn, by whom, and how are they enforced.
THATS the conversation the adults in the room want to have.
The sad thing is the Republicans has used "Guns" as a wedge issue in order to control the simple minded conservative voter.
Maybe I missed my point. Sure wouldn't be the first time. Things get lost between the brain and the fingers when I'm typing. So I'll clear this up a little better from my stand point. I do not think my enjoyment and rights will be diminished if there is a real action that can keep guns away from criminals and mental folks. I personally, and I think most advocates, do not have any issue with background checks. But there are already background checks, but it is not working. Not really sure which gun shows in AZ do not need an ID, I've needed one for a few purchases over the past 2 years, but that is just my experience. I agree 100% that there are people who absolutely should not have access to any kind of weapon.
So would you agree that the issue does not come from the firearm manufacturers or owners, but rather the Government Agencies that claim to be in charge of monitoring who owns and/or purchases firearms?
For me, it really comes down to how one views the Government and how we view the gun control issue. The farther Right on leans, the less we trust the Government with handling anything. For me, they have had 245 years to figure out how to keep the wrong from having possession of a gun, and the Government is completely clueless on how to do it. Where as the further Left one leans, the Government is the answer to all their worries. So when something as passionate as the 2A comes up, most "Conservatives" get real defensive about a Government approach, we just do not trust them. Which leads to your statement, a necessary conversation of where the lines are drawn, by whom and how to enforce. Nether sides track records offer enough for any kind of give or take. Government, both sides, are 99% take. That's why us 2A folks fight so hard. If we give them an inch, we will lose miles. So United We Stand against limitations.
Hope this isn't as an asinine post....