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#916 - viewtifulbro (04/22/2013) [-]
Can someone explain to me why people have a huge problem about getting a background check for  priors or mental illness before you purchase an assault rifle? I didn't have a problem with it but I would love to hear of those who have an opposing opinion.    
   
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Can someone explain to me why people have a huge problem about getting a background check for priors or mental illness before you purchase an assault rifle? I didn't have a problem with it but I would love to hear of those who have an opposing opinion.

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User avatar #986 to #916 - douthit (04/22/2013) [-]
1. The whole "assault rifle" thing is a media-created term. Gun owners--even people who own and use those rifles that the media and politicians call "assault rifles"--don't call them that. They're semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. If anything, the rifles the military and police have--which are fully automatic--are the true assault rifles.

2. The Second Amendment guaranteed the right to gun ownership because our Founding Fathers believed in checks and balances, and that an armed public was the best check and defense against the government ever becoming too powerful and tyrannical. And giving government the power to decide who is and isn't able to be a part of that check on their power is like telling a five year-old they can only have as much candy as their babysitter says, but that they get to pick who the babysitter is.

3. Gun ownership in itself is a nonviolent crime, so passing laws regarding it initiates violence against individuals. It says, "Even though you're not harming anyone, you must follow these rules or we're going to fine or imprison you," and that's wrong.
#961 to #916 - oneironeer (04/22/2013) [-]
Because many are arguing that background checks aren't very effective and that the cost will outweigh the benefits. On another note, many anti-gun activists aren't just going for background checks; they want to ban and prohibit firearms altogether.
User avatar #979 to #961 - viewtifulbro (04/22/2013) [-]
That seems a bit more harsh than what pebar said. Of course they are always going to be people that are against something. I personally am against having a gun, but I also respect that that is my own personal belief and people don't have to share it.
User avatar #920 to #916 - pebar ONLINE (04/22/2013) [-]
It's not the background check part that caused it to fail in the senate; it was the felony charge for loaning a gun to a friend for a day to hang out in the middle of nowhere and go shooting. It created a huge burden on gun owners.

The bill that failed was very poorly written.
#937 to #920 - viewtifulbro (04/22/2013) [-]
Thanks for the explanation :)
Thanks for the explanation :)
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