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TOPIC: 5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun

5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun 22 May 2016 23:09 #9913

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www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/05/11/detroit...sts/guns-in-america/

Stories like these just further cement my thought that guns have no place in the home. It is actually quite a complex question because I understand that we were founded on the right to bear arms, but has society changed so much that we need to re-think that? Canada is an example of a large country with many entry barriers, that has far less gun violence per capita. I do understand wanting to arm yourself against criminals that have too easy access to guns. And in the end to have a right to arm ourselves against a militia, or even the police taking over since they would maintain the right to arms but the citizens would not.

But stories like these just make you wonder if it is worth it to keep yourself armed. Even in the instance of self defense the chance of accidentally injuring a loved one or yourself is just too high to justify the small benefit should you be able to defend yourself against an armed intruder.

My boyfriend is also retired military, he had guns until his PTSD had him be violent (before I knew him) and they were taken away from him. There are so many variables with guns that there needs to be very strict laws and owners need to be even more vigilant in keeping them secure so tragedies don't happen like this anymore.
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5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun 29 May 2016 19:39 #9966

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As American citizens, we have the right to bear arms. However, our constitution does not specify what this means. Although our constitution is the backbone of our country, it doesn't mean that we can't take action over control in America. Gun laws are becoming more any more of a need in this country. This doesn't mean that guns would be outlawed, but they can be restricted and regulated more. And this, I think, doesn't contradict the constitution in any way.
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5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun 29 May 2016 19:47 #9968

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I understand that our constitution is America’s bible, but this constitution I feel somewhat needs to be edited as our society keeps introducing new things such as technology and others into our hands. Yes we do have the right to bare arms and protect ourselves, but with caution. It is unfortunate that we have to have incidents occur where an innocent child sees something and doesn’t know what it is, but is curious to play with it, as what happened here. Sometimes we don’t just need a gun to defend ourselves.
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5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun 07 Sep 2016 17:57 #10085

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Thank you for sharing this. I completely agree with you that guns have no place in the home. When this country was founded on the right to hear arms, we were living in times where guns are not anywhere near as powerful as they are today. Australia has actually taken up gun control laws under a conservative prime minister; they haven't had a mass shooting in 17 years. I just think pro-gun advocates have a hard time admitting the real reason they're in favor of guns.
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5 year old accidently kills herself w/ fathers gun 11 Sep 2016 19:10 #10143

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The Second Amendment is one of the most controversial topics in the media right now. While the Constitutions permits citizens the right to bear arms, I often question whether or not we should revise the text. We are in a different place now than we were more than 200 years ago so maybe it is a good idea to update the Constitution. But ultimately, I would feel terrified having a gun in the home, especially if children were involved. What would we need a gun for in the first place? Yes, there are cases where people could use guns to protect from burglars but a combination of things such as an alarm system, bat, and other items that could ensure the safety of an individual/family. Additionally, unless the family hunts for food, owning a gun does not seem to be a necessity in today's society.
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