Atheist Reasoning on Gun Control in the U.S

Atheists are a small minority in the U.S.  Advocates of gun control might be a minority in America as well. In light of the recent shootings in Aurora I am curious as to how atheists in this network view the lack of gun restrictions.  There are probably divergent views.

I have trouble believing that both presidential candidates are steering away from any call for reform after the horrific mass shooting. In my opinion it is insane to allow citizens access to assault weapons that can kill scores of people in a few minutes.  It was even more shocking to hear on a news show that a family had to raise money to pay for the immense hospital bills for one of the victims while they were already crippled with medical bills from the mothers fight with breast cancer.

As a Canadian I came to stand with my U.S brothers for the reason rally and freedom from religion.  I would be willing to come down to the capitol and march for two other important causes.  Gun control and universal health care.

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    Joan Denoo

    Guns are everywhere! Go into a neighborhood grocery store or local chili shop and there is a gun in sight. Why? Of whom are they afraid? Have they been threatened before? I don't think so. This past Saturday in Manito Park, a half block from my home, came a report of a gunshot and then the news of a person shot. Within a block is a beautiful children's playground. Go a block the other way and we have an outstanding pond where kids feed ducks, geese, and swans. Go up the hill to a world-class rose garden and a conservatory. 

    The Spokesman Review, MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016, 5:46 P.M.

    The suspect in an alleged shooting Saturday morning in Spokane’s Manito Park apparently knew the victim he claims to have shot accidentally.

    Jensen D. Stauffer, 18, was booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault after turning himself in to police Saturday, court documents say.

    On Monday, Judge Gregory Sypolt set Stauffer’s bail at $30,000, to the chagrin of his friends and family.

    “It was harsh,” said a visibly upset Randy Stauffer, the suspect’s father.

    Excuse me! "harsh"?! An upset "suspect's father"?! What in the HELL was that kid doing in a family city park on a weekend with a loaded gun? Dad, you should be at the door of the jail when your sweet little boy is released and take him out for some woodshed discussion! That gun shot was no accident! It was deliberate! A loaded gun does not go off by itself! Father and son need to do some jail time!

    Irresponsible! Careless! Reckless! Negligent! Derelict! 

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    I've never understood how people claim the 2nd amendment was to protect "hunters" right to own hunting rifles ect. If you look in the context of life in those days hunters had no threats of anyone confiscating their weapons. They were looking to the past where leaders would ban commoners from owning weapons for the purposes of suppressing a possible revolt. The second amendment was put there because at the time the fear was from the government trying to overstep its boundaries and becoming tyrannical as so many governments had before.

    That said lets remember that is historical context, when viewed in today's modern environment I have one simple question. What is your hunting rifle going to do against an F16 fighter jet? or a nuke? or the combined highly skilled firepower of any of the US military branches? The idea of a bunch of peasants standing up against a government dictatorship in a country as powerful as the US is silly. If the US becomes tyrannical we won't be able to protect ourselves we'll be dependent on compassion from the outside to free us from that situation. As a result I don't see much relevance to the existence of the second amendment in modern society.

    In light of the various concerns my conclusion is look at what works, we have a wide range of examples to choose from around the world, and the ability to mix and match to find the perfect solution to use here at home. Unfortunately most here in the US think they are better than everyone else at everything, and the idea of learning from others successes and failures (or from our own successes and failures) is considered insulting. It's just willful ignorance on parade from start to finish. 

    I don't pretend to have the answers or care, there's a bunch of guns at my dad's house and that is why I won't come near here when he's home (cause he'll be drunk and armed and I don't want to get shot at again). It's just another US problem with no real solution simply on the basis that no one here really wants to fix anything. They are completely incapable of being honest about their history or able to look at the world, history, and problems objectively. Bunch of emotional driftwood going wherever the ocean takes them.

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    It was a mistake to include the second amendment in the constitution. Our founders were quite paranoid and cynical of governments and I see their reasoning,but it just doesn't apply today It is just polarizing our politics. No one forms local militias anymore. Our democratic process is more effective than guns will ever be.  Even with this amendment, it is not like we are united enough in ideological beliefs to agree what constitutes a tyrannical government, as opposing parties view each other as a threat to their liberties. Our true weapon is to vote.