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1/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman letters: More gun laws, same result

The number of federal laws active on the books is around 46,000, give or take a few thousand because this number changes daily. As of Jan. 1, 2010, a big milestone in this scary look into the future was the introduction of 40,627 new laws that went into effect throughout the nation.

When all state laws are added to the list, you get more than a few hundred thousand combined laws active on the books. For example, Texas alone has more than 40,000 laws by itself. Add 49 other states and you begin to see if one took the time to track each state, you would be looking at almost a million laws on the books in the United States of America. The Land of the Free takes on a whole new meaning.

With speculation of up to 20,000 active gun laws in America and the recent mass murders in Connecticut, what's a few more gun laws going to do, really?

Nothing!

Jack Shepherd

Kingman


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Askin Forit

When dozens of children were blown up by ammonium nitrate bomb, we mandated that there would be strict regulations on the sellers and the buyers of that fertilzer.

Since that law passed, not a single child has been blown up by an ammonium nitrate bomb. And that makes "New Laws" that prevent other children from dying, a perfectly normal and sane thing to do.

'nuff said.


Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Az Biker

"The Right to Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed" The Federal Government has no right to "Criminalize" two thirds of the nations citizens, overriding the States Rights and Individual's Rights to Bear Arms.
Any infringement on the Bill of Rights and the 2nd Amendment by this tyrannical Federal Government (That just purchased 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammo for itself to kill Americans) and then intends to forcefully disarm all Americans, has engaged in an "ACT OF WAR", along with the NDAA, another "ACT OF WAR" against the American People and the States.
The Federal Government IS engaging in ACTS OF WAR AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THEY ARE PROVOKING A MASSIVE CIVIL WAR.
SHOULD ANY INFRINGEMENT ON THE 2ND AMENDMENT TAKE PLACE.. THEY WILL BE MET WITH TENS OF MILLIONS ARMED CITIZENS.
Nearly every gun, rifle, and bullet is SOLD OUT, and Americans are now heavily armed and ready, at the drop of a hat, to fight the Feds, should the Feds try to enforce their ACTS of WAR and a HITLER gun confiscation against the American People.
They are "calling our bluff", and the HEAVILY ARMED American People aren't bluffing....


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Keith Blighton

Would be interested to know what source or sources were used to support the statement that there are over 40,000 gun laws in the United States.

A study from the Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy counts only 300 "relevant federal and state laws regarding the manufacture, design, sale, purchase, or possession of guns." The key word is "relevant."

The study does not include a tally of local gun laws. In fact, the authors note that since more than 40 states preempt all or most local gun control laws, there's no reason to include local laws in a gun-law tally. It is "irrelevant" to count local laws that are superseded by state laws, the authors said in a press release heralding their study.

In that same press release, the Brookings Institution said the study disputes the 20,000-gun-laws claim, based on a "thorough examination of the number and type" of state and federal gun laws.

"The number of laws per state range from one to 13," the press release said, adding that the most common laws concern mandatory minimum sentencing dealer background checks "shall issue" laws for carrying a concealed weapon dealer licensing and child protection.

The study's authors are Jon S. Vernick, associate professor and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Lisa M. Hepburn of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Sid Cranston

1. Whining about the other political party probably not very helpful.
2. Creating more laws? If they are not enforced, what is the point? If they are enforced, we have less freedom. I wish my government would stop trying to "protect" me and make efforts to do something useful like reduce government, spend less money, and stop meddling in everything everywhere.
3. Do we really want a government regulated "war on guns"? What irony! How much money have we spent fighting the "war on drugs"? I think the results of that are drugs 1- US government 0. It all just sucks...


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: No One No Where

"Actually there are no “political cronies” involved in the waivers granted to various corporate entities. The waivers were granted so that the company’s would continue to offer access to medical insurance for their lower paid employees until the full ACA takes effect in 2014."

Sure thing AN, keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel good so you can go to sleep at night with a clear conscience. For myself, I'll just continue to buy more of your hated "assault weapons" (which they are not) and stock up on ammo to protect my family with during the coming revolution/civil war. I hope your clear conscience will protect you and your family, but probably not.


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: You think so

@TJ Denton.

All liberals are cowards eh. You must not know many liberals then. The tragically funny thing about your hate toward Liberals is this.

I would fight and die to protect you in a foxhole firefight. Would you have to courage to do the same for me? Knowing I was a Liberal and all.

Of all the ridiculous things I've seen you post in this paper. You've reached an all time low.

Im a gun owner, supporter of my rights as well as yours, and a fellow American. Why are you not a coward as well?


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

So all liberals are cowards? I find that humorous, tell that to the veterans who vote democrat, who have lost limbs, eye sight, ability to walk, cannot tell that to the ones who died! Cowardice is not a liberal or republican issue, of course if one wishes to speak of individuals Cheney was no hero, draft dodger 5 times over, his boss Bush Jr did what many did in my generation hid in the national guard which I find a irony today then it was a sure bet to avoid vietnam today the fellow who used it as a dodge in his youth sent them to Iraq, Afghanistan etc., not just one tour of duty but multiple ones! Of course his daddy was a real hero world war II, seems to me some here have twisted partisan views on heroism or cowardice!

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

Washington D.C. is supposed to be the leaders of our country,so.........If Obama wants gun control, then have the secret service and DC police oturn in their guns. That would show leadership by doing and maybe people would follow their example. But what is going to happen is this.Talke all guns away from the honest people and then the police and the criminals will be the only ones with guns. And I promise you the criminals out number the police not only in man power but in fire power.I don't think people are really looking at the full side of this gun squable.
Hunters use 30/30's. 30/06's and some larger rifles. In 36 years with the military I never saw the military use these guns. I also never saw the military use 22's. 308's and pistols that most people carry. So where do people get this story about assault rifles being owned by so many people.I spent many, many years in the south and never knew any one that owned an assault rifle. I knew many hunters that owned deer rifles and shot guns, not assault rifles.


Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@All Gun Grabbers

Fun story. Diane Feinstien will offer up her gun conrol proposal on the 22nd.

But in the meantime there is real fun right now:

"The domain name was created by California resident Dimitrios Karras on Jan. 4, 2013, according to GoDaddy.com. Karros is the CEO of the gun parts and accessories store Ares Armor, which will now run the site."

Apparently, Feinstien, the not too bright Senator, never registered her own name. Now it will be used to mock her. LOL The new website is:

http://senatorfeinstein.com/

Its already getting attention, well, not from the liberal media.

LOL


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Betts

46k federal gun laws? Where did you come up with that number. Most gun laws are almost exclusively set by the states There are in reality probably less then 100 federal gun laws.

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I never said liberals were whimps anson, i said they are cowards.”

This from the person who disdains our military, won’t serve his nation, refuses to vote and says, “i pledge allegiance to no flag, no borders and no man,” a true All American Boy.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

I never said liberals were whimps anson, i said they are cowards

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“I believe he was probably referring to Obama's list of political cronies, you know, the same ones who got all those waivers from having to comply with ObamaCare. Unlike the rest of us peons.”

Actually there are no “political cronies” involved in the waivers granted to various corporate entities. The waivers were granted so that the company’s would continue to offer access to medical insurance for their lower paid employees until the full ACA takes effect in 2014.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: More Of The Same

Why does the right wing loonies keep getting themselves in these lose-lose situations? Again they are going to fight tooth and nail, then accomplish nothing. Then during the midterms they will be crying that they didn't have nothing to do with want is bouncing the Second Amendment, and they be right! They did nothing......again! Don't they get it yet, it's all part of the Democrats big plan!

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: No One No Where

AN

I believe he was probably referring to Obama's list of political cronies, you know, the same ones who got all those waivers from having to comply with ObamaCare. Unlike the rest of us peons.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: jist mex/amer me sittin downtown

if this already stated i apologize, im not going to wade thru all the giberish

keep in mind, most, (not all, just most) gun crimes are committed with people in possession of illegal weapons.

keep in mind, most, not all, fire arm deaths are committed by a person illegally in possesion of a firearm.

keep in mind that very few legally owned/possessed weapons are used in crimes.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Hopefully that statement of yours won't bite you in the behind when they come knocking at you door for your guns.”

Actually nothing of the sort is going to happen and to say such is nothing more than an attempt to inflame the already goofy intellectually challenged.

“A lefty with guns at home....scary!”

Why would I be scary to you? Remember, according the Right Wing Loon Idiot Fringe, liberals are all wimps.

“… maybe you will be on obumers exemption list!”

And what exemption list are you referring to? Would you please provide evidence of the existence of any such list? Thank you.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Reddin

Two interesting phrases used by The Fox Hound: "...weapons of self defense (wosd)..." and, "..."weapons of war (wow)." It seems that the "wosd" and "wow" could be one in the same, depending on the circumstances (Anson's Uncle's comments) and who the enemy is. If the "war" is an attempted home invasion and a "wosd" is adequate (As was recently the case reported by the media in which a woman killed the intruder.), so be it. If the "war" is criminals using "attack" weapons, then, the "wosd" need to match the circumstance. (As Colt said, "God didn't make men equal, the gun did.") If the government uses its "wow" against its own citizens, as happened in Germany, Russia, China, etc., then its citizens should be able to defend their selves (basis of the right to bear arms). Don't think our government would ever use its weaponry against its citizens to take their firearms? The enlightened and rational people of Germany didn't think it would happen in their country. It started with so-called "gun control." I don't trust the self-serving politicians in Washington to resolve the misuse of firearms any more than I trust them to resolve the debt crisis. Especially when a grandstanding buffoon like Joe Biden is involved. If being armed and self-protected is good enough for Diane Feinstein then its good enough for me.

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Re:The Fox Hound, "That said I don't think the 2nd amendment gives me a right to own weapons of war"

Really, and what gave you the impression that people are purchasing fully automatic or 3 round burst capability weapons, those are "weapons of war". If one wants to say our founding fathers never intended a person to have a military style weapon, OK. Now then, at that time there were swords and black powder pistols/rifles, I'm sure the founding fathers never intended the 2nd amendment to mean high powered hunting rifles or the shotguns and pistols of today, maybe we should compare all guns to that time period and do away with them unless they are black powder single shot weapons.

There is nothing more stupid than a Gun owner saying, I'm a gun owner but I don't think the 2nd amendment covers this kind of gun, or, I don't think the founding fathers meant these kinds of weapons. well guess what Mr. Brilliant, none of the founding fathers could have envisioned even a 6 shot revolver like we have today, heck, they couldn't have even envisioned such a screwed up country like we have today.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Patrick W

"40% of guns purchased are bought at gun shows without a background check "

Is a talking point for the anti gun lobby that has no basis in fact .

Background checks ? A background check sure stopped this latest lunatic . LOL


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

nephew
Hopefully that statement of yours won't bite you in the behind when they come knocking at you door for your guns.
I have been reading the statistics on the gun control fiasco in Australia and it is alarming and is about to happen in this country.
I sure don't see what the left has to gain by this gun control idiocy with 300 million guns out there but good luck.
In the mean time our kids aren't safe because the left is to busy worrying about their agenda....the party who cares.....sure they are!
A lefty with guns at home....scary! maybe you will be on obumers exemption list!


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

Lemmings. You know, the little critter that plunges over a cliff just because the others do? Probably because of some external stimulus that caused momentary panic.

A weapon of war? WW 1 used bolt action fire arms as did as great many in WW 2. Another weapon of war is a single shot weapon placed in the hands of a marksman. A single shot sniper rifle. So now we go after all weapons.

Acts of terror and violence are a momentary stimulus that cause panic reaction. Much like the Lemming. Unlike the Lemming however, people have the ability to reason. Lemmings may be reacting to some unknown force that some would refer to as nature's way of thinning the gene pool......maybe we aren't so different at the end of the day.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Yea, All Those Silly Laws Could

Yea, you could condense all these laws into a few. No firearm can discharge more than 3 bullets without having to reload. All firearms must be registered. Background checks and extensive mental competiency tests administered to all. Medical records must include possession of firearms with confiscation if owner's medical or physical condition changes or medicine prescribed may affect one's ability to responsibly use firearms.

Then all those laws applying to manufacture, distribution and sales of firearms could also be condensed into a couple. All firearms manufactured, or imported into U.S. will have fingerpint sensor triggers allowing only owner to discharge.


Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen Too

You are right, Jack. The rush to pass laws reminds me of what happened after 9/11. We established a mega organization called Homeland Security to search grandmothers and United States Congressmen at airports and spent billions. The result, and if you have not had occasion to fly since 9/11 this might be news to you, is the facade of security, not security. Thousands of rules and tens of thousands of TSA inspectors have not provided a secure air transportation system, Air Marshals and armed cockpit personnel have fixed the problem......but the optics, the facade is what the political leadership of our country is interested in. With the dimwits in washington today, the second amendment to the constitution is more important than ever.....probably not in my lifetime, but one day the people of our country will tire of the facade of democracy and take back our republic.

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

‘…. but when 40 percent of the guns purchased are bought at gun shows without background checks any reasonable person would want to change this law.”

Excellent point and (despite the attack from FLS on me) I am also an owner of multiple weapons and feel background checks are important. If you have nothing to hide why would you object to a background check?



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