As debate intensifies over tightening gun control legislation in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, we asked local residents to share their thoughts:
Here’s what readers on the Pinellas Beaches Facebook fan page had to say:
This is a "feel good" legislation. These are not assault weapons. Assault weapons have a selector switch and are auto loading. These are semi automatic firearms. The Second Amendment is not about hunting or sport shooting. The Second Amendment is about being able to have a firearm in the face of a Hurricane Katrina, LA Riots, phone and power outages. If this legislation passes, this is giving away a large part of your personal rights that you will not be able to get back. This was the very first part of the Nazi Gun Laws of 1933. Gun Control, it didn't work too well for the Jews did it? Everywhere and every time you have Gun Control, crime goes up not down. Look at New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angels. Criminals love a weakened or unarmed population. Benjamin Franklin said "Those that sacrifice a little of their personal rights for a little personal safety...deserve none".
Just to make it clear to those who think that banning large-capacity weapons will stop mass killings, it is easy to carry a large number of 10-round magazines in any jacket or coat. Only 8 of these is 80 rounds. I submit that you are all being disingenuous, and that if the next killing happened that way, you will finally admit to wanting to ban all guns except in the hands of the government. Google "Death by Government" for more information on how that works out for people.
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