Hypothetical food for thought: No gun laws at all.

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    Question Hypothetical food for thought: No gun laws at all.

    Imagine the US with zero guns laws. Absolutely none. Free-for-all, anyone can buy, manufacture, shoot, brandish - anything (but self defense and homicide laws are still intact of course). Would you accept this as the true interpretation of the second amendment? Or would we need something else?

    I don't mean this as a bait question to stir up trouble, I am just considering what this would be like. Better? Worse?

    What do you think?


    Edit: The title is supposed to be "food for thought:".
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    You mean like switzerland? Everybody has a Machinegun in their house? I'm game....Look at their crime rate.


    The problem is crime rate will not stay the same... Most likely the crime rate would drop drastically. Crime is so high right now because they do not fear the punishment! If you were going to rob or try to rape somebody that was heavily armed and anybody coming to their add was armed, chances are you would not commiet the crime. Causing crime would fall drastically. Take immigration, if you put up a fence that was a electrified, and robotic gun turrets, chances are immigration would drop, because the people fear the penatly. Right now the penatly for illegally crossing the border, is a hotmeal, a slap on the wrist and deportation.
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    A US that is run by a government that accepts the Constitution as written?

    We can but dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    You mean like switzerland? Everybody has a Machinegun in their house? I'm game....Look at their crime rate.
    Well Switzerland is a bit different. They don't have a standing army, rather they opt to have their people as their militia. So much of the population is actually mandated to own a gun as well as train with it.

    At the same time to buy a gun as a private citizen you still have to acquire a purchase permit from the government (very similar to many state's here). So they do have gun laws enacted, but they also have a standing people's militia. Very interesting to see how it works for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmedWebGuy View Post
    They don't have a standing army, rather they opt to have their people as their militia. So much of the population actually has to own a gun as well as train with it.
    Sounds familiar...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    You mean like switzerland? Everybody has a Machinegun in their house? I'm game....Look at their crime rate.


    The problem is crime rate will not stay the same... Most likely the crime rate would drop drastically. Crime is so high right now because they do not fear the punishment! If you had to rob or try to rape somebody that was heavily armed and anybody coming to their add was armed, crime would fall drastically. Take immigration, if you put up a fence that was a electrified, and robotic gun turrets, chances are immigration would drop, because the people fear the penatly. Right now the penatly for illegally crossing the border, is a hotmeal, a slap on the wrist and deportation.
    You mean like this Switzerland that has a ton of gun laws? Or is there another one that you are privey to:
    Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmedWebGuy View Post
    Well Switzerland is a bit different. They don't have a standing army, rather they opt to have their people as their militia.
    Sounds like a plan.
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    I am okay with felons having their firearms rights restricted. I don't even really have much of an issue with the current NICS system for new purchases. Concealed carry permitting also doesn't really bother me much as long as it's "shall issue" and has a simple and straightforward application process. So I guess I'm not generally in favor of the free-for-all.

    Anything beyond what's listed above (things like magazine limits, purchase quantity limits, banning certain firearms, waiting periods, permits to own, registration, etc), I am against.

    IF we were going to try something like the free-for-all, I would want to see VERY SEVERE MANDATORY PENALTIES for anyone convicted of a firearms related crimes. In fact, that is what I would like to see now. I would like to see some REAL prosecution of some of the offenses for laws already on the books. THAT would have a real result on gun crime, I think.

    I also think that you may not have wanted to choose the term "brandish" in your example. That implies the deliberate presentation of a firearm with intent to threaten or coerce. I don't have a problem with that being off limits either.

    So, to sum up, I am not strongly averse to some regulation, but I would really like to see the focus be on those who have ALREADY PROVEN ill intent.

    LEAVE THE REST OF US NORMAL PEOPLE ALONE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmedWebGuy View Post
    Imagine the US with zero guns laws. Absolutely none. Free-for-all, anyone can buy, manufacture, shoot, brandish - anything (but self defense and homicide laws are still intact of course). Would you accept this as the true interpretation of the second amendment? Or would we need something else?

    I don't mean this as a bait question to stir up trouble, I am just considering what this would be like. Better? Worse?

    What do you think?


    Edit: The title is supposed to be "food for thought:".
    Good question. With mexico we see that strict gun control does not work. The Cartel aka the BGs now rule that country. For what ever reason they do. If there were no laws IMO crime would go up for a time, until police and the LAW abiding took control again. You see, people that are law abiding will continue to be so and criminals, well they will continue as well. We do not have to look that far back in history for a free for all in gun laws. We can see how much of an impact on crime the gun control laws have had which we all know is little to none.

    To answer your question. Yes I would like to see a Free for all as you put it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmedWebGuy View Post
    Well Switzerland is a bit different. They don't have a standing army, rather they opt to have their people as their militia. So much of the population is actually mandated to own a gun as well as train with it.

    At the same time to buy a gun as a private citizen you still have to acquire a purchase permit from the government (very similar to many state's here). So they do have gun laws enacted, but they also have a standing people's militia. Very interesting to see how it works for them.
    Not in that sense, but giving law abiding citizens back the true meaning of the constitution yes. I think civilians should have access to machine guns, silencers, SBRS, / those types of arms etc..... with no regulation, people should be able to carry a gun without having to obtain a governement issued permit. Having to do so IMHO is an infringment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    You mean like this Switzerland that has a ton of gun laws? Or is there another one that you are privey to:
    Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I just meant having a machine gun in every house part. I did not mean to adobt their whole system.
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    Imagine the US with zero guns laws. Absolutely none. Free-for-all, anyone can buy, manufacture, shoot, brandish - anything (but self defense and homicide laws are still intact of course). Would you accept this as the true interpretation of the second amendment?
    You mean the Second Amendment with the term SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED?

    Yeah, that works for me. The problem is that we have too many idiots that don't understand SHALL NOT running this operation.



    Or would we need something else?
    If we could all read and understand the English language, nothing else would be needed. Part of the problem is that too many people are will to compromise their rights when they should hold fast.
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    If you were going to rob or try to rape somebody that was heavily armed and anybody coming to their add was armed, chances are you would not commiet the crime.
    OK, before being accused of being an anti......again LOL (I advocate zero guns laws, a much more pro A stance than those that advocate mandatory training and CC permits and background checks on this forum) So beat that!

    Somebody agian try to tell me how less stringent gun laws will reduce crime because the BG's will fear everyone thinking they have a gun. And please, no more Houston vs Chicago analogies. There is more to that than gun laws, seems like many of the deaths are done by BG's killing BG's.

    Nearest i can figure, almost everywhere in the US you can get a CC to protect yourself (it really is not that hard) and own a gun for SD in your house. How about this for reasoning: A LOT OF FOLKS DON'T LIKE GUNS AND WILL NOT OWN THEM! Sorry for the shouting.

    Are there times folks have been killed in a no gun zone..yes. I am sure there is a study out there but how many of those folks would have had a gun if allowed? Not as many as you think depending on where you live. You can have zero gun laws in some places and most of the people will not own a gun. Or if they do it will be in a place that can not be used in time because of the "it can't happen to me mentality".

    It is a mentality of folks not carrying in this country that is the problem. Look at TX where you can CC....do the majority of citizens have a CHL? And out of the ones that do, how many do you really think carry all the time. I just don't buy the argument in its totality as if it is a magic talisman that once rid of will ensure peace and tranquility.

    BG's will always be out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GraySkies View Post
    I would want to see VERY SEVERE MANDATORY PENALTIES for anyone convicted of a firearms related crimes.
    Agreed. Punish the criminal for the crime he committed. Novel concept, I know.

    Revolving door prison system needs fixing in general.
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    Sorry, forgot this part:
    Out of every person that you know that does not own a gun.....how many do not own one because of existing gun laws?
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