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Do You Support Gun Control?

The president has proposed comprehensive legislation to curb gun violence. Read what your neighbors think about gun control and join the conversation on Patch.


President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious, $500 million proposal to curb access to guns and improve mental health services Wednesday, putting the hot-button issue of gun control at the top of the public agenda a month after the horrific mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The Huffington Post reports that the plan calls for:

"requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales; reinstating the assault weapons ban; restoring a 10-round limit on ammunition magazines; eliminating armor-piercing bullets; providing mental health services in schools; allocating funds to hire more police officers; and instituting a federal gun trafficking statute, among other policies. The cost of the package, senior officials estimated, would be roughly $500 million, some of which could come from already budgeted funds."

In metro Atlanta, as in other parts of the country, many gun owners have worried about changes that could make it harder to buy guns. Business has been booming at the Sandy Springs Gun Club & Range. "Everyone is buying everything," the manager reports. "We are running out of ammunition and guns; people are coming into shoot, it has been non-stop."

On the day that Obama's proposals were announced, a customer at Tucker Guns said assault rifles should not be banned because high-capacity handguns can be just as deadly.

Henry Louis Adams, who has written blog posts about the dangers of celebratory gunfire, told Patch: "I think that every responsible law abiding American should be able to own a gun.

"However, I also believe that there needs to be a strong system in place to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of the mentally unstable or criminals. Tougher punishment should be issued to those that handle their firearms irresponsibly in which causes harm to themselves, their families and others."

In the General Assembly, a state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow school principals to carry firearms, but some Buckhead parents don't like the idea.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown, co-president of the NAPPS and mother of a current North Atlanta High junior and a NAHS alumna, said, "I think it's a bad idea. Firearms and children in close proximity is never a good idea."

In Stone Mountain, William Dawson, whose son was shot in the arm during a robbery at their family restaurant, had his own perspective. "Education is the best thing" on guns and the responsibilities of gun ownership, he said, "as well as harsher consequences for those who commit crimes using firearms."

Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, reflected on the issue as her father's birthday -- a national holiday -- approaches. She lost her father to an assasin's bullet, and says she is "embarrassed" that in America young children can be shot and killed at a school. While King doesn't take a specific position on gun control, she says the nation needs to change its psyche toward guns and violence, and stop their glorification in our culture.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Public Schools officials are considering moving toward 100 percent APS law enforcement services, which would replace a mix of part-time and full-time Atlanta police officers currently working in the schools. That discussion was already under way before the Newtown school shooting.

Patch wants to know how you feel about gun control legislation? Should assault weapons be banned? Or large capcity magazines? Do you support stricter background checks? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

See also:

Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled, Marking Biggest Legislative Effort in a Generation

Local Gun Owner Reacts to Obama Proposals

Weapons Debate Draws Gun Enthusiasts and Buyers to Local Range

Local Shooting Victim's Father on Gun Control: 'Education is the Best Thing'

School Principals Carrying Guns? Buckhead Parents Say It's a Bad Idea

Elder Bernice King Addresses Guns in Schools and Gun Laws Ahead of MLK Day

The Intrusive Nature of Celebratory Gunfire

Jeff Thompson January 23, 2013 at 11:29 PM
@Todd, there are many many politicians calling for confiscation. Do a simple google search and you will see their quotes. Your "No one" argument is BS. Let's bet $500 that you're wrong. Let's meet at a coffee shop, I'll bring my laptop.
Jeff Thompson January 23, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Cory, most pistols sold today are semi-automatic. So again, your comments are uninformed. To answer your question, a woman cannot protect herself with a pistol if she is waiting to get it, and does not have it due to a waiting period, which was my point. This has happened many times.
BlueRidgeMan January 24, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Well it looks like Todd G is driving the discussion down to the 6th grade level. I will not participate in a juvenile discussion with him. Just talk to yourself, Todd. You will then have a worthy discussion partner.
BlueRidgeMan January 24, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Brookhaven, all you need to do is look at where violent crime is the worst. It's where they have draconian gun laws. Also, please explain why these sensational mass shootings have ALL occurred in so called "gun free zones". That pretty much tells the story. if I were to choose to buy one or a hundred AR's and thousands of rounds of ammo, nobody has anything to fear from me. That's because I'm not a criminal. Nor am I crazy.
Roger That January 24, 2013 at 04:46 AM
BrokebackMountianMan desires the ability to drive a Corvette or VW Bug. "Nuf said. Keep something stashed in your house to defend yourself and your family, and obtain a license to carry something to protect yourself and those around you. I have had attempts on my life and used a firearm to protect myself without firing a shot. Would they have stopped if I had not brandished a weapon capable of terminating their life? I don't know. I don't want to know. Be responsable and keep our rights sacred.
don Gabacho January 24, 2013 at 06:50 PM
"....included mandatory liability insurance for owning a gun..."---Elvis Beeg And just what insurance company would make and issue such insurance policies? Or would this have to become part of Obamacare?
don Gabacho January 24, 2013 at 06:53 PM
"...they have much more effective means than slinging lead...."---Roger That You should know.
don Gabacho January 25, 2013 at 06:59 PM
"What are they? Anarchists, survivalists, and white supremacist "revolutionaries" waiting to overthrows the government."---EPU For a very long time you have been playing it close to the vest by pretending open-mindedness. Even declaring that you had been undecided in the imposition of this City of Brookhaven. For example: on the National Voter Rights Act not being invulnerable to abuse by officials and employees of a foreign government, having somehow been allowed dual-citizenship, using it and the NVRA to impose themselves and government on even the registration of voters for our own elections and referendums. For quite sometime, like a sleeper agent, you fell short of acutally stating that you would throw out the baby with the bath water: throw out the US Constitution and its not empowering any foreign government including Mexico's to, by flagrant default, empower the MxGov to involve itself in our elections and referendums. With the actual establishing of the Cityof Brookhaven however, you went hog wild demanding subordination to it and even now relentless press this tired script to assure continuned empowerment of Mexico's governance in the US. Even to the displacemnet of our own laws, governance and very sovereignty. You strive not to protect the US and our government from being "overthrown" (your term not mine) but, instead, to protect the MxGov in its sly overthow of the US. Constitution and, thus, the US itself.
don Gabacho January 25, 2013 at 07:06 PM
"Liberals love using children as political props (interestingly enough, so did Hitler, Stalin, Mao). "----Brian Interestingly enough also: the MxGov and its proxies (willing or not) stateside also.
don Gabacho January 25, 2013 at 07:18 PM
"...This seedy element of our society..."---EPU "Calling names."
don Gabacho January 25, 2013 at 09:07 PM
P.S.: On this matter, as I do see it and have experienced it, you are obviously not alone though others (of C4ND & B'Yes) being far more transparent in bludgeoning all discourse to assure no rationale conclustions and, instead, smother any to impose, for only one example, the 'corporatist' governance---a la Mexico's---that this City of Brookhaven is. Using tactics and scripts, again, originating and honed over many years on the usenet. Especially, but not only, at alt.politics.immigration. In this case, again as I do see it and have experienced it, by two perceptible censors for the MxGov. One mostly responsible for having developed and stockpiled the scripts and the other, along with even 'capture-stages', their continued implementation to, one way or the other, eliminate all oppostion.
don Gabacho January 27, 2013 at 07:27 PM
"http://www.ajc.com/videos/news/police-tank-patrols-south-fulton-neighborhood/vm6bL/- Police tank patrols south Fulton neighborhood" Just prior and during the same week of the Newtown shootings, local evening news was reporting the bust of "three slot machines" by a SWAT team in a town near to Brookhaven. The cameramen had already been alerted to the bust and were in situ with required equipment to record the following as it did enfold scence-by-scene: 1) The arrival of the SWAT team in convoy with the most extraoridinary vehicles. 2) Their armed and armored approach to a storefront ("Mi Casa") appearing every bit like a raid on a terrroist hold-out in Kabul. 3) Without knocking or presenting of any warrant, the, instead, immediate smithereening of the storefront's glass front door with a battering ram. 4) A, then, extreme close-up of the alleged "three slot machines" with--as the purported evidence---their mechanical cards spinning. 5) A, then, shot of the alleged culprit walking away from the store---unescorted---to, presumibly a waiting paddy wagon off-camera. Leaving the question begging: Just how much of this was staged? Only that much or all?
don Gabacho January 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM
"Mexico hardly has a credible central government."----Brookhaven4u So incredible in Mexico that Mexico can rightly be deemed a failed state. Yet, even more incredible, that government, nonetheless, so succeeding in the USA to subordinate our own. From the very top level of our governance to the most local. Even to invent new local governance to suboridinate areas not having been sufficiently subordinated.
don Gabacho January 28, 2013 at 05:24 PM
"Bring REAL facts to the table next time. "---Corey As in Todd G's "When this country was founded it was a lawless society with no police force."? Never in world history had 'lawfulness' 'rights' and 'criminal justice' been delved in than when "this country was founded." "In fact" resulting in the first written Constution in world history. And never in US history has our laws, criminal justice system, very 'rule of law' and even Constitution been undermined as it has in the years beginning with the MxGov imposing itself, agenda and proxies on our own governance. Never in US history have our laws been systematically undermined and displaced to, "in fact," serve a foreign power. Including "gun control." Wake up.
don Gabacho January 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
"They further make comparisons between guns and other tools that can be used to kill others."---Brookhaven4u Tell us. Do you support women "having the chance" (as the news is putting it) to fight in combat? How deliberately PC of the long-coopted media to frame the issue as only an equal opportunity one. When, if anything, there are already too many people---male and female---fighting in combat.
don Gabacho January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
"Same goes for the mental illness argument..."---Brookhaven4u Apparently you missed or ignored the questions: "According to who"? "A government that [illegally] sent thousands of guns to Mexcio's gangsters"? A country where its nationals haven't even the right to protect themselves? To bear arms? How "sane" is that? Tell us. Which is the less"mentally ill": Believing, not even a few, but literally ***thousands*** of guns were required to, somehow, trace the guns to Mexico's gangsters? Or, the majority of Americans having been dumbed down enough to believe it?
Cory January 29, 2013 at 04:08 AM
don G, I certainly am happy that you are arguing your point so incoherently and wildly maniacal for the opposition.. I wonder what facts you want me to bring? My point was proven when Brian backed down from his 'millions of times' to 'thousands upon thousands' within the same post string.. any facts that I have stated are either my life experiences or my opinion (of which I am entirely entitled to). I am a 25 year veteran. I have long served my country.. can I not speak freely as a result? You can continue to spout your 'hell in a hand basket' mantra.. I will continue to live my life.. happily.. so enjoy.
Brian Oravetz January 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Cory, Cory, Cory... You shouldn't have used your kindergartner as the standard by which you chose to disseminate your "facts". It sets a low bar in regards to the level of critical thinking that you are able to apply to this discussion. That made the statement that I "backed down" from "millions" to "thousands upon thousands" of firearms used per year for self defense. Your inability to think critically on this topic (as reference by you stating that life experience and opinion combine to make a "fact"; it does not) shows that you're not intellectually prepared to have this discussion. Critical thinking, non-emotionalism required. I said that AR15's are used "thousands upon thousands" of times per year for self defense; and that guns over all are used millions of times per year in self defense. You invalidate your own "points" with the inability to think rationally on this topic. You're the one thinking "wildly" and irrationally, all the while failing to articulate one "fact" that would make a reasonable case for why millions of people a year should lose the ability to defend themselves; simply because of your irrational fear of firearms. You have no case.
Cory January 29, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Brian.. The funny thing is, is that I am almost emotionless with regards to this topic. I most certainly have NEVER said that you should NOT have the right to defend yourself (using a gun). It is typical for someone like you to assume that. I am not afraid of a gun. I shoot regularly, for qualification purposes. I am a military member as well. I know people like you. You are defined by your ability to carry a weapon. It is who you are. It is not who I am. If I cannot carry or own a gun, I could really care less. It is not a priority for me. You on the other hand, you would be lost without this thing that defines you. I am detached, you are entrenched. Who has the better perspective for critical thinking my friend? I have NO irrational fears (thus proven by my not needing a weapon), my facts are indeed my facts, and my opinion, which is not a fact (nor have I ever claimed it was), is MY opinion.
Brian Oravetz January 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM
@Cory, I'm not the one that's saying "experience" plus "opinion" = "fact" as you did. And you went on to say that your kindergartner could tear apart my statements; which neither you nor your kindergartner were able to do. That equals emotionalism, hyperbole, conjecture. I didn't post anything that isn't a vetted "fact" by law enforcement itself. Furthermore, you couldn't even think critically when you were unable to see the difference in the "thousands upon thousands" v. millions statement. You haven't been able to do anything other than through conjecture into this thread; nothing remotely quantifiable. You also assume that firearms "define" me; and like the rest of your assertions, you're wrong. I don't even carry. I own firearms, I practice for proficiency, but also because I like the sport. I'm an Infantry vet with over 30 years experience, a firearm is a martial tool to me. Just like my hands, elbows, knee's and shins. A gun defines me no more than any of those weapons. The failing is that you cannot fathom how people can view this issue differently than you, hence your assertion that your opinion = a fact. Nor can you fathom the original intent of the 2nd amendment. Interestingly enough, law enforcement in this country disagrees with even your opinion.
Cory January 29, 2013 at 11:38 PM
@brian based on your responses, you have yet again chosen to stretch nothing into something. Extrapolating this into the rest of your arguments leads me to the truth, that I cannot trust one word, or supposed fact, from you. I don't have a problem with you having guns. Can you comprehend that???? You continue to beat a dead horse. I don't want to own guns. Can you understand that???? You cannot change my mind, and please refrain from referring to my children with any negative connotation. Thanks and good day.
Jeff Thompson January 30, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Brian, don't waste your time knocking down straw man arguments. When people run out of facts and logic, they just attack the person, and that's what happened here.
don Gabacho January 30, 2013 at 05:28 PM
"Never in US history have our laws been systematically undermined and displaced to, "in fact," serve a foreign power."---don G "I certainly am happy that you are arguing your point so incoherently and wildly maniacal for the opposition.. I am a 25 year veteran. I have long served my country...You can continue to spout your 'hell in a hand basket' mantra..."---Cory And I am a "25 year veteran" of being an "undocumented NorthAmerican" in Mexico. A "25 year veteran" of being the victim of a government (a condition worse than slavery) and its "paracaidista" with offices of the MxGov long here also. Being provided still untold numbers of even our voter registration forms because of "veterans" defending their fellow Americans and country" like you. I am also the victim still---and brutally so---for having blown the whistle with a valid election complaint made to both the SOS of Ga and USDOJ. The very right of redress of grievance has become a malicious farce. Because of even "verterans" like you. Note even now just who is the very speech writer, the MxGov, for "verteran" John McCain (worried about "election races") himself? On MxCty's deliberate colonization of the USA as so-called "immigration." But what should an American know? When the MxGov and its stooges is telling you what to know?
don Gabacho January 30, 2013 at 05:39 PM
"Brookhaven, all you need to do is look at where violent crime is the worst. It's where they have draconian gun laws."---BlueRidgeMan It's amazing that the same people who insist prohibitions on alcholhol, drugs, etc. breed even more crime refuse their own argument when it comes to firearms.
Roger That February 04, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Chris Kyle was shot dead at a gun range in Texas. The shooter was another Marine who was suffering from mental illness. What was a mental patient doing at a shooting range?
Brian Oravetz February 04, 2013 at 01:31 PM
It may, or may not surprise you to know that the media is not exactly portraying the story correctly. Chris was not shot at a "gun range". He was shot at a charity event, on a resort that has a small range; but they were not on the range. The range was merely on the property. Moreover, the term "PTSD" is getting broadly applied. The guy that did this was an armorer, he was not a combat arms troop. I'm a former Infantry guy, I know what kind of stresses come with that job; and an armorer doesn't have them. That term is getting generically applied much like "ADHD". Some cases are serious, some are not; but definitely over used.
Dunwoody Resident February 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Surprise, Surprise...The media twist it into another "anti-gun; take the guns from the good people" story. Just like the Statefarm commercial, don't believe everything you read-hear, etc. as EXACT facts. There were a lot of people mad he wrote that book, if your a conspiracy theorist, some might have other thoughts. Just saying, you never know what the real stories and motivations are unless you are directly involved. My frustration is that some people think the media ONLY reports facts.
don Gabacho February 04, 2013 at 04:13 PM
"The media twist it into another 'anti-gun'..."----Dunwoody Resident Just the "media"? You didn't see the Super Bowl yesterday? When, beginning with Obama butting in at the beginning with his putting women in combat and gays and lesbians before children (Boy Scouts) for, as he did state, "expose the children to opportunities," the NFL, to thwart yet another looming crusade (in this against concusssions in football), allowed everywhere the administration's propaganda to deny the public the right to protect itself with the sole exception of it's half-time show which denied Beyonce and her dancers nothing less than acutal poles. It was an absolute celebration of the lewd. So much so, for its light show to blow-out the lights in NOLA. Plus, yet another serious game-changing bum call videoed, but ignored, to instruct once again that winning is, as Obama has it always, more important than honesty.
Roger That February 06, 2013 at 04:52 AM
Again. What was a mental patient doing (in, on, near, within, without, about, around) at a gun range?
raymond belasco sr May 26, 2013 at 05:35 PM
my name is ray belasco yes is i believe that our govenment should do something about gun-contol,our goverment needs to wake up, instead of making the whole world suffer.for one shooting is pretty stupid selling gun to other countires so they can use tham on the usa,our goverment seems to be as crooked as other countries are,stop giving other countrits guns and ammunition tanks airplanes bmbs to other countries,and what do they do they use tham on use. thought that obama was a smart president i voted for obams because i thought he was pretty smart, you may be good in politics, but not for the public,obama you have to think of the people if we have no protection for ourselveswhere ourdead and where dead and whose fault would it be the presidents fault,everyone has the right to protect their home their life.hers what you need to do in ore governmet , anyon that shoots anyone with a gun, you should put this out to the public, shooters well get the electric chair prison tim is out a life for a life i think it drop 90%or more, stop punishing the countrie, we ded not do the shooting.thay can get guns on the blackmarket that the usa sold to rham. you ore making a nather war on the blackmarket.

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