Originally Posted by the_lissa
What does licensing entail? I've never heard of it. Does it vary state to state?
I think it does vary from state to state.
To cary a concealed weapon (CCW), some states require a training course. You learn to shoot, clean, arm, disarm, and various common sense rules for gun ownership. And you have to pass their qualifications, which means you need to actually hit the target, as opposed to firing wild shots every where.
I believe Vermont and Alaska are the only states who let just anyone carry a concealed weapon - no qualifications necessary.
You also have to do a background check to even own a gun - at least in the state where I got mine this was true. But, I think it must be true across the board as felons can't own guns. And how would they know you're a felon without a background check?
And you have to apply for a permit to own a gun (I think this is where they do the background check).
|Do you actually think that you could protect yourself or your family from the government of the United States with a gun? Seriously? This is 1776. If the government comes to the point of taking away all your freedoms, do you think you can overcome that with a gun? I don't understand that paranoia.
No, of course not. But, I could shoot enough of them to escape out of my home, and out of the country.
Conversely, I'd go down fighting - which is better (in my mind) than going down by hiding in the closet.
A better scenario would be for me to get together with other gun owners - then, we'd stand a chance against an unconstitutional government. Hence why a lot of people who are members of the NRA feel strongly about gun ownership. When the government ends our freedoms ... we'll all get together.
It's not paranoid - it's smart thinking. If you don't keep the government accountable, and working for YOU - the government becomes someone who passes the military commissions act, or PATRIOT.
It's also the principle of the point - we have the right to bear arms against a corrupt government. This is given to us by the constitution. When the government is the only one with guns you have 2 things happen: good people have no guns, bad guys have lots of guns (black market, much like the drug situation now), and the government can do whatever they want with their guns. And that doesn't necessarily mean protecting its citizens.
I'm cool with people not wanting to own guns. It's not for everyone. I just don't want to see my freedom to do so disappear.
Re: destruction (I forgot the poster who mentioned this) ... sorry, I thought you meant killing humans. I don't see the difference between buying a piece of steak at the supermarket and going out and using your own "tool" to get the food. Or picking an apple versus shooting an apple (applesauce anyone? lol).
Which is why I didn't connect your destruction idea. As when I think of destruction .. I think of killing another person. Whereas using your gun as tool for food seems normal/natural to me. And pretty much the equivalent of eating meat from the supermarket. It's just that someone else has done the "dirty job" for you there.
Sorry about the misunderstanding.