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.

Load Previous Replies
  • up

    Dyslexic's DOG

    I don't think atheism is relevant to gun control.

    We have as many variations of viewpoints as the community in general.

    Belief and non-belief in a god has nothing to do with whether somebody loves to own guns or not.

    I used to love guns and shooting, but grew out of it when I started becoming concerned for those animals I killed once indiscriminately.

    Many Christians and even some Muslims I know, hate having guns anywhere near them and their families.

    Some of my acquaintances collect dangerous knives which I see as worse than guns in some respects.

    Belief system appears as non-sequitur.

    • up

      Russell Pangborn

      They would call in a swat team for this in my grocery store. Not Allowed - and it's not the skateboard!

      • up

        Michael Pianko

        It is not guns that are the problem, the problem is people hurting and killing other people. People have been hurting other people since people first evolved. Apes hurt and kill each other. My parents are jewish. Now what should I do when nazis (or communists or crazy Muslims or the government or any normal crook) breaks into my apartment and tries to kill me, beat me, tie me up, take me away, and so on? Guns are not the problem, people hurt each other with knives, screwdrivers, stones, chairs, axes, ropes, poisons, cars, bombs, fire, bows and arrows, and all kinds of objects, and people kill other people with their bare hands. It is not like people treated each other just fine and then the day after guns became available, people started killing each other for the first time in history. I completely support the 2nd amendment and I don't support most liberal anti-gun ideas or laws. Remember, my parents are Jewish and nazis (and the ku klux klan and the crazy Muslims and so on) want me to die and they decided that all Jews are a race in the 1870's.