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Guns in America – Voices

“I think there’s a vast middle, and I think much of the United States falls in that vast middle, agreeing there should be some level of common sense gun control.”
Massachusetts
Where do I stand on gun violence? Or I guess, a better rephrasing of that would be: where do I stand on gun control? I stand in the middle, which I think may sound like a compromise, but the way I look at it is like this. There are opinions on the far left such as that nobody should have guns, guns should be confiscated, nobody has the right to have guns, only the government should have guns that I don’t agree with. People on the far right say that there should be no restrictions, hands off of my guns, you can have my gun when you peel it out of my cold, dead hand, it’s a constitutional right. I don’t necessarily agree with that 100% either. I think there’s a vast middle, and I think much of the United States falls in that vast middle, agreeing there should be some level of common sense gun control. For example, high capacity magazines, something that’s capable of holding more than six, eight to ten bullets, I don’t know what the right number is, but there should be some kind of a limit on that. Easily modifiable semi-automatic weapons, something that can be triggered quickly.I wouldn’t see anything wrong with putting some kind of a limit on how many bullets a gun can fire without being manipulated within a minute.

It’s a constitutional right, I absolutely agree with that, but I also have seen in my lifetime that we have put limits on certain constitutional rights, such as the first amendment. There is the ability to limit the kind of speech that’s protected under the first amendment, especially when that speech might entice violence or cause harm to someone. I think for the second amendment, we can apply reasonable limits and still maintain it. What it’s going to take is the middle manning up and standing against the far left and the far right, saying we need to come together and agree on a plan that will make reasonable limits to protect our children. To protect those that are defenseless. Not to say, ‘the government is going to protect everybody,’ it doesn’t do that and not to say, ‘I have a right to an armada of weapons to be able to protect myself.’ I think we need to be able to work to find a common cause and to find common limitations that will protect us while still supporting the second amendment.

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