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Isn't it dangerous to push for a change to laws you don't understand?

If you have no idea what the existing gun control laws say, what an actual gun IS (meaning what the parts are, what they do, what the safety features are), and can't tell the difference between a revolver and a semi-auto pistol, how can you possibly provide your legislator with an informed opinion? How can you have any idea if the changes they propose are remotely similar to your vague desires to do "something" even when you can't even articulate what "something" is?

Before flouncing off demanding changes, don't you first have a duty to the safety of your children and family to know what it is you want to change?

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Asked by NotPanicking at 2:13 PM on Dec. 17, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Absolutely.
    If people understood, I doubt they'd be pushing for some anti gun laws for the most part.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:17 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • IMO yes

    Answer by Dardenella at 2:17 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • All I can say is people are not thinking rationally. They are picturing their children in the same scenario as Newtown and panicking. They know something needs to be done, half of them are crying "ban guns" and half are "burning" the mentally unstable "witch".

    I would guess that people who don't own or know about guns are probably pretty afraid of them.

    At least we all agree on the fact that SOMETHING needs to be changed. Hopefully we can all work together to come up with solutions. Hopefully this incident will not be easily forgotten.

    Answer by Shanna84 at 2:34 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • I agree

    Answer by Hollyhock. at 2:39 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • agree

    Answer by Alisim at 2:48 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • If making guns illegal will get them off the streets, why don’t we try it with meth and other drugs?

    I agree.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:51 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • But the knee jerk reaction and panic is waaay more fun!

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 2:54 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • Regardless of what you think, not everyone who is anti-gun is a moron. Understanding how a gun works and the differences between types is not going to change the fact that they are used to KILL.

    Answer by IhartU at 3:08 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • Understanding how a gun works and the differences between types is not going to change the fact that they are used to KILL.

    No, but knowing what the law already says prevents you from looking like a repressed idiot every time you talk about changing them. And how do you understand what the law says when you don't understand the things they're written about?

    Comment by NotPanicking (original poster) at 3:10 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

  • I think when people want to change laws based of fear is dangerous.

    Answer by skinnyslokita at 3:26 PM on Dec. 17, 2012

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