Veteran against gun lobby
March 25, 2014 12:00 AM | 1375 views | 7 7 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

As a proud combat veteran, I uniquely know how otherwise non-violent situations can quickly escalate with the addition of weapons. I believe we should be favoring common-sense laws like background checks so that felons and domestic abusers can’t get guns. I strongly support the Second Amendment, but as Georgians we are tired of the gun lobby advancing its extreme agenda at the expense of our families’ safety.

Michael Amsbaugh

Marietta

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Lib in Cobb
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April 08, 2014
Between 2000 and 2010 there were 105,654 unjustifiable homicides in which a gun was the weapon of choice. During the same period there were 10 (TEN) cases of in person voter fraud. Tell me again which one is the rampant problem.
Happy Herman
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March 29, 2014
Beware Mr. Amsbaugh of the "common sense" approach of prohibiting felons and domestic abusers from owning a gun. In today's culture it is not all that difficult at all to become a felon or domestic abuser and thus having a critical part of the Constitution not apply to you anymore. Be careful for what you wish for you just might get it much to your dismay.
CobbCoGuy
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March 27, 2014
Mr. Amsbaugh,

I honor your service more than you will ever know.

Given Clarence B's comments regarding background checks, what "common-sense laws" would you propose? Specifically.
Clarence B
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March 27, 2014
You already have to submit to a background check if you purchase a firearm from a dealer. That law is already in place. The only time you can purchase a firearm without a background check is from a private citizen.

The reason there is no law prohibiting private sales is because it cant be enforced. Think about it, The government would have no way of even knowing a person sold a firearm in the first place.

I suppose you could require registration of all guns and then require all gun owners to bring their guns in every so often so the police can make sure you still own them. Of course, Only law abiding citizens would do that. A criminal would simply not register them.

How about this for common sense, We stop being the world police and stop sending all our money to support other countries. Common sense would say we need to figure out a way to bring back all of our manufacturing jobs and stop expecting someone to support there family on a minimum wage service job.

A person who can get a good paying job making enough money to live comfortably will be less likely to turn to a life of crime.

That doesn't solve the problem of the wacko who shoots up a school. That's a whole separate issue as far as im concerned. Someone that hell bent on killing innocent people will find a way. Blaming guns would be like blaming a car because someone drove drunk.

Common sense would be using the resources wasted by the pro-gun lobby as well as the anti-gun lobby and everyone else in between to try to figure out ways to stop the CAUSE of the problem.

Gun violence is NOT the cause of the problem, The cause of the problem RESULTS in gun violence

just sayin
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March 26, 2014
Common sense has little to do with it! As long as politicians pander to a gun lobby whose only interest is retailing and manufacture of firearms the killing will continue. They have learned how to prey on American fear and paranoia for fun and profit.
just sayin
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March 26, 2014
What does common sense have to do with anything? The NRA is a lobbying organization that's only concerned is with those manufacturing and retailing firearms. They could care less who gets killed or maimed as long as they are making a profit off the fear and paranoia of many Americans. Cowardly politicians will always eagerly do their bidding if it will insure their reelection.
Kevin Foley
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March 25, 2014
Thank you, Mr. Amsbaugh. We need to send representatives to Washington who understand that common sense gun safety legislation is desperately needed.

It's just a matter of time until Georgia sees a Newtown-type massacre.
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