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It reduces down to "You can take my gun when you can pry it from my cold, dead fingers" because the current government is not trusted and there are no assurances that once subjective determinations are added to gun control laws that legal, sane, law abiding citizens won't be denied the right to purchase guns. Right now the test is simple, have you been convicted of a crime or not. There's no easy way to determine mental stability without consultative evaluations that are completely subjective, not to mention expensive. These proposed laws also don't prevent a situation like in Sandy Hook where the guns were owned by a family member who was not mentally ill or when a the mentally ill person acquires them illegally. While I'm not trying to minimize the loss of the victims and their families we're talking about on average 9 incidents a year. I also would add that some of the victims families in OK have openly stated they are against any additional gun control laws.
No it isn't. The primary purpose depends on who is using it, just as it does when using a knife. Could be whittling wood, preparing a meal, or carving up a human body. Depends on who is using it. Put your way, one could say the primary purpose of a vehicle is to hurtle heavy pieces of metal, glass, plastic, and human bodies through space at high speeds, too. There are legitimate uses for owning a gun. Or a knife. Or a baseball bat. Or an explosive. The person is what decides whether the gun (or knife, or bat, or explosive) is to be used for good or bad.
Spare us the rhetoric. It's not there.
As I've said ten or so times over the years, everything I've read points toward the gun violence problem being an economic one. Canada has a lot of guns, too. So do other countries.