I live in a rural area where the good ole boys define gun control as having a steady hand. But these good ole boys also have a practical appreciation for their firearms, generations of the people have hunted in the foothills and mountains where I live. These people don't depend on their firearms to feed them as they did in the past, but the marksmanship and safety skills are still taught in the family tradition. My point here is that this is the only practical application for owning a gun...unless you intend on shooting someone.
Keeping a firearm for protection has become a way of life for an ever increasing number of people, and most anyone can purchase a firearm for that purpose. Unfortunately this purchase does not require the same type of training that you have to have to pass the written and driving test for a drivers license. Perhaps requiring a certificate of completion from a gun safety course would be good requirement for anyone who wants to purchase a firearm, then again licensed teens are killing themselves and others street racing.
What are your thoughts here? Do we need to make firearms harder to get? Do we need to get rid of them? Do we allow people to have permits to carry a loaded hand gun?
Just a thought here, how many of you are aware that car accidents kill more people per capita than firearms. And how many of you are aware that physicians kill more people than cars?
Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
Edited by Animal, 18 April 2007 - 11:17 AM.