CNN iReport Debate: Right to bear arms!


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mikechandler
January 29, 2013, 11:07 AM
CNN is calling for your opinion in what they title Gun Control Debate: The right to bear arms - Your Story (http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/898502?hpt=hp_c1)

"Who should have guns? What guns should be banned, if any?
Join the gun control debate and share your perspective. "

Well since they asked, let's tell them!

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John3921
January 29, 2013, 12:12 PM
I tried it, couldn't quite figure out CNN's system.

SIgn up: check
Enter your header: check
Enter your description up to 8000 characters: check
Attach your file: WHAT FILE?
Give your name: uh, wait
Address: say, what?

hmm.

Cosmoline
January 29, 2013, 12:27 PM
It's edited and moderated. Zero chance of anything sensible being heard. CNN doesn't trust the masses, and I guess they've learned that simple polls end up showing the "wrong" message.

Ryanxia
January 29, 2013, 12:47 PM
It's edited and moderated. Zero chance of anything sensible being heard. CNN doesn't trust the masses, and I guess they've learned that simple polls end up showing the "wrong" message.
Pretty much. When you can't see what others have written, assume they'll be editing/censoring them. They'll take that one mouth breather's report and say 'look, Americans want more gun control.'

mikechandler
January 29, 2013, 12:57 PM
Actually, there are a lot of pro-2nd ammendment posts, and I see mine on there too, and even linked it on facebook.

As for linking a video, use mozilla, get the "download youtube videos" plugin, and then download a video like the Gun Free Zones = Kill Zones video, and upload that. Then put your opinion in the box, in 8000 words or less.

Easy, and yes, they post, and yes people see them.

John3921
January 29, 2013, 01:54 PM
I have not gotten to where I can do anything with the CNN site. I was going to try and link Hensons' talk at the CT hearing. This is what I've come up with for text though (comments or corrections?)

Firstly we all have to remember that the police and law enforcement are not obligated to defend you. That has been decided in court. You are on your own for your personal defense. No one has the right to prevent me from defending myself or my family. Remember when seconds count, 911 is only minutes away. In the not too distant past our local college campus was subject of a series of rapes. Being a university the campus is a gun free zone. As it is a gun free zone, the women are not allowed to defend themselves. Why?

If you take the time to look them up, detailed studies of these horrible crimes reveal that magazine capacity had no bearing on the damage done. A magazine change can be done in under 2 seconds. The VT shooter had a backpack full of magazines, he killed 32 and did 18 magazine changes. There were no armed personnel within Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza could have done exactly what he did with 5, 7 or 10 round magazines. I don’t think the total number of shots fired has been published, but in all total it might have added 10-30 seconds to his rampage. Preparation is more critical than capacity. Additionally, as magazines are nothing more than a box and a spring, anyone with marginal skills could just make their own. In fact, the new 3-d printers can, and have, ‘printed’ a magazine. All you need is a spring. Limiting magazine capacity only affects law-abiding citizens, it does not do much more than inconvenience criminals.

What is not shown by the press is the examples of how many lives are saved every day by armed citizens. If you want to study the issue - you have to look at the whole picture - you have to look at the benefits as well as the costs. Chicago, home of the toughest gun control in the country also has the highest rate of gun related crimes, why is that? For an interesting read on the subject: www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

The prevention of an act of random madness is impossible by attempting to control the tools that one madman used. They will just find another way, for example Timothy McVeigh.

IMHO, the answer to a lot of firearm problems is education. Kids are taught about firearms by watching movies. This is wrong, Hollywood is now, and always has been, a poor teacher of just about anything. They are in it for the money and just do what sells.

Firearm education still won't stop madmen. That is a mental health issue. If we truly want to work on the prevention of another tragedy, we need to address the state of mental health care.

I don't personally own any of the AR style (or MSR rifles as they are called now.) I hunt, primarily birds, but big game as well. For me the AR style rifles are not what I choose to hunt with as they are expensive and fairly heavy, but that is my personal decision, others have the right to feel differently. If I felt the need however to arm and defend myself with an AR, I do not believe anyone has the right to tell me I can't.

In fact, that is what the courts have said the Second Amendment is for. The People have the right to defend themselves and that right shall not be infringed.

Red Sky
January 29, 2013, 02:12 PM
I think everyone who has the time should do this, even if they aren't sure about CNN's record. The last one of these they did a few weeks ago, asking for pictures from AR-15 owners with a message, resulted in quite a few well-reasoned submissions being posted.

At the worst, if you submit a non-inflammatory statement, you cannot hurt anything. At best, even if they decide not to publish them, they will have to think about the accuracy of their reporting if they realize a lot of their readers are pro-gun.

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