Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
In America, the laws don't allow one to force mentally ill into treatment without a lot of evidence. The guy who shot Giffords and others in Tucson may have been nuts, but not nuts enough to be committed. I'd support changing the law to increase the chance of stopping him from legally buying a gun - although he could always steal one, or just drive his car into people.
Also, in Arizona, you can carry concealed without a license. Having taken the course, I can't say I learned anything useful from it. I doubt the shooter at the Safeway was worried about violating any CCW laws regardless.
I figure folks have the right to defend themselves, and decide for themselves how much risk they accept before they start carrying weapons. Those inclined to murder aren't going to worry about gun laws, and those not inclined should be able to defend themselves.
Assault weapons banned by the law were simply scary looking. There was nothing in the law based on reality. It was a law to make people feel good, without making them any safer.