Originally Posted by graehaven
The other two's assertions about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals with further background checks and stricter policies is simply asinine. Try executing the criminals and watch how quickly the crime rate drops.
I swear, I could make the crime rate in this country drop nearly 100% within a year, if my policy of executing violent criminals was instituted. Result: 1) they'll never commit a crime again (that's the goal in the first place), and 2) others will take note and stop their activity.
We must be very careful with this. I completely agree that a person who murders and/or commits other crimes have given up their right to live and must be put to death. But...we can't give the government the power to do this right away. First, the good citizens need to control the government, as our founding fathers intented. Part of this involves getting back our gun rights so that we can ensure the government doesn't become oppressive. If they have the power to kill somebody as a punishment, it is VERY easy for them to abuse that power and turn on the citizens.
So, yes, I agree with you, but I think that this is a little lower down on the list. In my opinion, the most immediate concern is restoration of our gun rights. Once we have secured this valuable right, we can than move on to other issues that are also very important.