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    Quote Originally Posted by GBS View Post
    .....Pot is not legal, but it was in the apartment.
    Last time I checked I think I have a right to own a firearm, but dang if I can find it in the bill of rights, "keep and bear pot".

    Making laws only works with a moral populace...

    Ninth Amendment, the way I read it.

    Drink, drug, smoke cigars, drive cross country with no travel permit, watch CNN, buy Mexican Viagra, eat high fat foods....

    There's nothing which specifically protects alcohol production either, but they had to pass the 18th Amendment to ban it.

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    Saw 1 article and 2 opinion responses in the paper today. The first one here is from an interview with an ISP Detective.

    Lack of knowledge clouds gun issue
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    By Scott Mawhorter

    Publication Date: 01/29/08

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    Nathen Kaney a freshman in engineerfing and Brad Detert a sophomore in aviation technology target practicing in the Armory at Rifle and Pistol Club.

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    According to one state detective, a lack of knowledge contributes to many of the problems encountered with gun laws in Indiana.

    Last week, members of the West Lafayette Police Department found a loaded AK-47 rifle in the apartment of a sophomore in the School of Management. The student was arrested on drug-related charges, according to police. In Indiana, however, possession of a semi-automatic rifle is legal, even without a carry permit.

    Detective Steve Buckley of the Indiana State Police Department said there are separate procedures for handguns and semi-automatic rifles. To obtain either of them, it is necessary to fill out a background check.

    "They do a background check to make sure you're not a felon and are actually allowed to have one of these guns," Buckley said.

    He said to have either in a residence does not require any special permission beyond a background check, but carrying a handgun requires a carry permit, which is controlled by the local police department.

    Police Chief Jason Dombkowski is in charge of issuing carry permits in West Lafayette and makes decisions based on requests he receives.

    "I get them and recommend if they receive a permit through the state, or write a letter saying why I think they should deny them," Dombkowski said. He said he does not have the final decision on who does not receive permits, but he can decide who does.

    Due to the law requiring a carry permit to have a handgun on your person for any amount of time, however, it is technically illegal to take one home from a gun retailer before first acquiring a carry permit.

    But no carry permit is required for a semi-automatic rifle. Buckley was not sure specifically why this is the case, but he was able to offer an opinion.

    "My assumption is that you can carry a concealed handgun, but a concealed semi-automatic is a bit more difficult to hide."

    Eric Freuchtel, a senior in the College of Technology, is a member of the Purdue Rifle and Pistol Club. He said even though Indiana's gun laws are relatively lax, it doesn't necessarily reflect on the amount of gun-related crimes committed.

    "In Israel, everyone is required to be in the military for, I think, two years, and it's not uncommon for teenagers to carry rifles as they walk down the streets everyday; but they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world," Freuchtel said. He compared gun laws of New York and California to Indiana's. Even though those states have the strictest legislation in the country, their crime rates far exceed Indiana's.

    Buckley said if people knew more about gun laws, the frequency of problem situations would go down.

    "A lot of the problems we run into is due to a lack of knowledge."

    Here are the two printed opinion responses (to the original article by Mike Westervelt) in the paper.
    Laws in place to prevent gun violence are adequate
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    Mike Westervelt (Jan. 24 column, "Assault rifle discovery raises questions for Purdue students, city") should think over what it means to live in a free society. To us, the suggestion to turn in people for doing things that are legal (and aren't harming anyone else) is totalitarian. We're referring to the firearms, not the drugs - which are illegal at present.

    The possession of a firearm, no matter the type, does no more harm than a computer, kitchen knife, or book of matches. The misuse of any of these items (hacking, assault or arson, for example) is already a crime, just as assault, manslaughter and murder are already applicable to the misuse of a firearm. In fact, the discharge of a firearm within the city, even without injury, is already forbidden save for exceptions for police and self-defense (West Lafayette City Code Sec 65.30). Also, federal law already has a provision for firearms use in conjunction with drug trafficking (U.S. Code Title 18, Sec 924, Part c). Also on the topic of law, it seems Mike has misrepresented Indiana law, which has permits for the carry of pistols, not for possessing one (Indiana Code 35-47-2 and 35-47-2.5).

    The idea that "good fences make good neighbors" is meant to convey the idea of not intruding on other people's lives ミ exactly the opposite of what Mike suggests. Additionally, his proposed solution of registration or banning goes against a state law aimed at keeping laws uniform across the state (Indiana Code 35-47-11). Lastly, Mike's belief that laws would "prevent another Virginia Tech incident" is invalid, as Virginia Tech was a "gun-free zone" at the time.

    Erik Epp
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    Eric Freuchtel
    Senior in the School of Technology
    Christopher Dehen
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    David Wright,
    Senior in the College of Science
    Phil McLaury
    Graduate student
    The Exponent - Purdue's Student Newspaper

    Like free speech, right to own firearm is protected
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    Reading the commentary that Mike Westervelt wrote ignited a spark inside of me and prompted me to write this letter.

    It is the person's right to own the firearm ミ even if it is an assault weapon. The assault weapons ban of 1994 did not keep people from owning assault weapons during that ten year period, it only kept them from buying these weapons. The question of whether a person should own a weapon like that is not a question at all ミ it is their Second Amendment right. And contrary to what Mike said, the Second Amendment does not rule out any weapons. There are special licenses to purchase certain firearms, but those people have the right to own assault weapons, bazookas, machine guns, etc.

    The marijuana is a much bigger deal to me, because it is actually ILLEGAL, unlike owning the firearm. I live in a house just off of campus where there are at least five guns in the house at one given time. We are all qualified to have them and no one can stop us. Some people need to be more open-minded; the right to own a firearm (assault weapons included) is just as much of a right as it is to write this letter, or for the the columnist to write the article.

    Firearm owners don't gripe at people about speaking their mind, but pro-gun control people sure do like to bash us.

    Kyle Cross
    Freshman in the College of Pharmacy
    The Exponent - Purdue's Student Newspaper


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    Dirt bag called the AK he allegedly saw an fully automatic weapon. Could have been an Airsoft as far as we know. Idiot. No one has called him or the paper on that LIE. Public reads Drug Dealer Arrested With Fully Automatic Weapons, public reactionary responce OMG lets ban all those assault rifles so drug dealers can not get them. As bogus as the Connie Chung special where she said assault rifles and than showed a full auto blasting a car loaded with explosives. This kind media trash really chaps my hide. Sorry for the rant, sent the paper a four page version
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    This is another example of "You can't fix stupid". Just another liberal dope head that doesn't like guns. He should move to Cook county, IL. and live in that utopian society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    "It is the responsibility of city officials to do what they can to prevent another Virginia Tech incident; mandatory registration would be a logical step"
    This reminds me of the Hitler Quote about complete gun registration. does anyone have that on here so I can E-mail it to this kid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 500Mag View Post
    The author "frets" over a rifle, but not over pot? I think that goes to show you the mental makeup of the individual. Legal firearm, I don't like it...illegal drugs, it's cool with me.

    He was also from the College of Liberal Arts...shocking.
    My thoughts exactly.

    Illegal drugs and illegal drug sale monies > Legally owned and stored rifle with magazines & ammunition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    This reminds me of the Hitler Quote about complete gun registration. does anyone have that on here so I can E-mail it to this kid?
    This quote? Looks like it may be false.

    "This year* will go down in history! For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!"
    ---Falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler,

    GunCite - Gun Control: Bogus gun control quotes


    there are plenty of other Nazi Gun Control stuff to use however:

    Hitler Gun Control
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    another response in The Exponent:

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    Writer's rifle column has several reasoning issues
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    The Jan. 24 column by Mike Westervelt advocates mandatory registration of some types of rifles and ultimately a complete ban within city limits.

    The first problem is he tries to appeal to emotion and fear. By calling the weapon in question fully automatic (though it is likely semi-automatic), he paints a picture in the readers' minds that it is easier to mow down large masses of people. Then he mentions the VT incident. Unfortunately, the VT shooter used semi-automatic handguns, not rifles and definitely not fully automatic rifles, of which no new ones have been sold to civilians for about 20 years.

    Secondly, he gives the reason that there is no need. Ignoring the argument whether it is or isn't a right, the argument fails because the lack of a need has never justified banning anything.

    Thirdly, he uses the example that the federal government banned them in 1994. Since he knows it expired in 2004 and was not renewed, how can he not conclude the government now does not feel they should be banned? More absurdly, that law did not ban automatic rifles.

    Fourthly, he says a ban, or at the very least mandatory registration, will somehow help prevent a VT-type incident. Is it such an obvious "logical step" that he doesn't see the need to mention how?

    Fifthly, he uses New York and New Jersey, among a few states with more restrictive firearm laws, as supporting examples. Wouldn't the 40-plus states that have equally or less restrictive firearm laws as Indiana convince him otherwise?

    Lastly, Indiana law (IC 35-47-11) makes it illegal for any city to regulate firearms in any way except under certain emergencies.

    In the end, the basic motivation from his column is that he feels uncomfortable that others around him own such weapons.

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    Did some searching on The Exponent Newspaper's website and came across some older gun related articles. A quote from one of them (around VA Tech):


    Despite the availability of guns, Capt. John Cox of the Purdue Police Department said reports to police concerning firearms are sparse.

    "It is a rare occurrence," Cox wrote in an e-mail. "In 2006 we had three incidents involving handguns with only one resulting in arrest. The few times we receive reports of someone possibly in possession or carrying a handgun, it turns out to be some type of BB or airsoft gun."
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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz4utwo View Post
    This quote? Looks like it may be false.
    That is my understanding. Thanks, I think using a misquote like that can really hurt our credibility. Anti's will use it to discredit any facts we present. The facts, the truth is our greatest weapon against these imbeciles.
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