Gun Rules: What Do You Support?

New state law and Obama's proposals bring gun ownership questions into focus.

President Obama outlined several proposals on gun ownership Wednesday afternoon, a day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill designed to limit the firepower and violence in the state.

Both moves come in response to the murders at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut a month ago.

What are your thoughts? Will some of these changes make Americans safer? Or will they step on the ability of of gun owners to obtain the weapons they want?

Please tell us in the comments.


Skip January 16, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I read it on a bumper sticker but it’s so true.. if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.
Joe L January 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM
I support being able to legally protect myself while criminals roam the streets with illegal weapons. That doesn't mean I'm going to go buy a rifle, but I'd like to at least have the option to.
majortom1981 January 16, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I think Background checks must be put in place. at stores AND gun shows. Felons already cant buy a gun but how do you know they are felons without a background check? II think closing loop holes should be done first
Ray January 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Mostly political balony to make the politicians feel good about themselves. Lets ban alcohol next so we can stop DWI. Will do nothing to make people safe from the maniacs intent on causing harm!!
John January 17, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I'm all for raising the penalties for carrying an illegal weapon (ie handgun). Actually would be curious to see the conviction rates on the types of charges.
Linda Otta January 17, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Wish we were acting as quickly in regards to illegal immigrants and a falling economy and lackluster job reports month after month and and and...the list goes on.
Irene Miscione January 17, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Exactly! We reserve the right to protect ourselves. These criminals are going to obtain the illegal weapons either way so why should we be unprotected. Even for those people that choose not to buy guns, at least they should have the option. I do believe that the background checks are a good idea if they don't go too far with it.
John Dornheim January 17, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I support the removal of all guns from our society. We do not live in a Hollywood fantasy world. People cannot justify owning guns based upon reality. Owning a gun will not protect you from a rogue government any longer. But it will certainly increase the odds of something bad happening.
John Dornheim January 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM
PS Andrew Raia's vote against the Cuomo bill must not be forgotten.
tony January 17, 2013 at 10:48 PM
I agree John. Nothing good comes from civilians owning firearms.
tony January 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Let's TRY and stay on topic. Thank you.
Molon Labe January 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" - Thomas Jefferson "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined; to which end, a well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies" - George Washington 1/8/1790 Fact: In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Fact: In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Fact: Germany established gun control on 3/18/1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. Wake up New York before it's too late; history repeats itself, this is what you voted for! If a government does not trust its citizens to be armed, should the citizens trust the government?
Babaloo January 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Paranoia [ˌpærəˈnɔɪ.ə] (adjective: paranoid [ˈpærə.nɔɪd]) is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. (e.g. "Everyone is out to get me.") Making false accusations and the general distrust of others also frequently accompany paranoia. For example, an incident most people would view as an accident or coincidence, a paranoid person might believe was intentional.
tony January 18, 2013 at 12:24 AM
FACT: Your historical conspiracy theories are fantasies designed to rationalize your opposition to gun control.
frank peatrone January 18, 2013 at 05:35 AM
tony and johnny dornheim 2 individuals that by their words and mental process, show they live in a unpragmatic,illogical,clueless,heartless,factless,immoral,inhuman,world.
frank peatrone January 18, 2013 at 05:40 AM
johnny d and anthony truely fit the above definition paranoid loons!
Always watching January 19, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Never trust a goverment that says you have to pass a law to see whats in it !!!!!!!!!!
Oscar Homalka January 23, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I think everyone should consider exercising their 2nd Amendment right. It is there for a reason. You cannot legislate crime out of existense. Law abiding citizens do not need to be further punished/restricted. Criminals will always get their hands on illegal weapons. Obviously we do need to do a better job at keeping a gun out of the hands of mentally unstable people the same as we need to keep a car out of the hands of alcoholics.
Oscar Homalka January 23, 2013 at 01:13 PM
When seconds count the police are just minutes away. You obviously did not major in history. It repeats itself due to people like yourself. An armed man is a citizen while an unarmed man becomes a subject.
tony January 23, 2013 at 02:33 PM
The second amendment issue is a conservative red herring. This is 2013, not 1776. The best course of action for a person in an emergency is to call 911 from a landline if possible (since it is more difficult for the police to trace a call from a cell phone). A weapon is only as good as the person behind it. Unless an individual is highly trained in the use of weapons in an emergency and under duress, ie, military/law enforcement, it is very possible that the weapon will be taken from the average person and used against them. All too often idle guns in the home are a tragedy waiting to happen.
Linda Otta January 23, 2013 at 02:44 PM
How is this not on topic? Most gang members are here illegally with illegal guns and our borders are wide open. How about you don't try to tell me what is on or off topic and I will refrain from the same.
Linda Otta January 23, 2013 at 02:47 PM
My reply is to Tony (post below me) but it is not lining up. Since when did history become a conspiracy theory? Did Anne Frank wear a tin foil hat?
Linda Otta January 23, 2013 at 02:48 PM
We'll I guess we know who will be taking the free train ride to the unknown first.
Linda Otta January 23, 2013 at 02:55 PM
yes, the criminals are highly trained in safety courses. And since it is not 1776, this will never happen, because in 1939, it didn't happen (?). In fact it isn't happening right now anywhere in the world is it? There is no genocide. No where. Not in this civilized society. Anyone who thinks such things is a nutcase. Because it is 2013. The NDAA was signed in 2012. It will never happen. Drones are NOT being used to gather evidence against American Citizens in 2013. If you believe that I have a tinfoil hat to sell you. The beauty of all this? It will happen. But it will happen to those who said it couldn't. The rest of us have guns and over the last month? More than ever before.


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