Did your views on guns change?

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Did your views on guns change?

Post by Scott » 01 Mar 2018, 10:03

A major theme in this book is gun control and the dangers posed by guns. I know the author cares about the issue of gun safety.

Did reading this book change your views on guns or views on gun control at all? Why or why not? If your views did change, in what ways did they change?
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Post by AbbyGNelson » 01 Mar 2018, 10:25

My thoughts on gun control haven't really been changed. I think that we need to be careful who can get guns, have background checks on all sales (especially private sales), etc. What this book does more for me is talk about the dangers of innovation without considering the consequences. Like that Jurassic Park quote, "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should."

Whether it's knowing when you'll die, artificial intelligence, or something else, the potential for innovation causing life-changing world-sized problems, is becoming more and more possible.

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Post by Sharon2056 » 01 Mar 2018, 10:58

My perception towards guns did not really change, I still see it as a tool that if not properly handled can kill. The book gave me more insight about guns

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Post by Lennycat » 01 Mar 2018, 11:03

I agree with AbbyGNelson. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. My views on guns haven't really changed. I still believe that potential gun owners must have the proper training to handle a firearm and go through a stringent background check.

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Post by Christina Rose » 01 Mar 2018, 11:23

So far in my reading, my views on guns and gun control have not changed. If, by the off chance they do change, I’ll be sure to add an updated response.
I do agree with those that posted before me, about how we should really stop to think about the possible outcomes of putting into action certain controversial technological advances. There are some things better off left alone.

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Post by MsTri » 01 Mar 2018, 12:53

I haven't finished reading this yet, but I really doubt that my views will change. And like the above posters commented, I'm much more interested in the technology and how it effects its users. Some things are indeed a slippery slope!

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Post by Izesicle » 01 Mar 2018, 13:25

My views are likely not to change. I believe that gun ownership should be carefully vetted and laws should be implemented consistently.
I agree that with all innovation and technology progress, the impacts should be monitored.

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Post by JessNWheeler » 01 Mar 2018, 13:26

My views haven’t changed. If anything, my views were further confirmed. However, I hadn’t considered the danger of armed senior citizens, especially when they realize that they are nearing the end of their lives. The most dangerous people can be the people who feel that they have nothing left to lose.
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Post by Fati-bola » 01 Mar 2018, 14:22

Absolutely. The author spoke my mind except how to control use and ownership. Modernisation has brought the good and the bad, the need for self defence and the need to attack for selfish reasons. For, instance, how can the underground manufacturers be stopped? It's similar to the unending fight against narcotics. I'm really perplexed and at my wits end on what to do. In developing countries, the law enforcement agents have been known to lease guns and ammunition to robbers! So you see, the dilemma is upon us all.

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Post by Iamsofia » 01 Mar 2018, 17:21

My views have not changed because my thoughts were only reaffirmed. I really enjoyed reading the book but at the same time the author's thoughts are included in writing the book which others may not agree with

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Post by Mouricia25 » 01 Mar 2018, 18:18

I still don't think just because you can, you should. Not everyone should own a gun..

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Post by jessinikkip » 01 Mar 2018, 18:20

I very much agree with the first post that the quote of "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should" definitely rang out to me while reading this novel. While it's a great invention to allow people their "Final Notice", should you? While yes, it's great to get those affairs in order, why would you want to give someone that power that no matter what they do, they'll just die anyway. And then my other thought - what if it's wrong? What if it gives notice to someone that it isn't right? Then what? This book only served to reaffirm not only my view on guns but on technology as well. It was an interesting take and seemed very relevant to the time we are living in right now, where what we need is more knowledge of who is armed and more control of who can be, instead of just passing out guns like they're no more dangerous than pepper spray.

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Post by BookInspector300 » 01 Mar 2018, 18:59

Definitely not,my views haven't changed. I mean just think of the calibre of people that could have access to a gun and how much people are going to get hurt in the process. Not everyone should own a gun. Also, regards to the technology, I feel it's just another case of scientists playing God. While it's good that they get to tie up loose ends, please note that those loose ends may not always be the good kind.

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Post by Smaug » 01 Mar 2018, 19:04

This book did not change my views on guns. But then again I was already pro gun control and think there should be stricter regulations. I personally don't want one, but that doesn't mean other people can't be responsible gun owners.

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Post by ayoomisope » 01 Mar 2018, 19:43

Izesicle wrote:
01 Mar 2018, 13:25
My views are likely not to change. I believe that gun ownership should be carefully vetted and laws should be implemented consistently.
I agree that with all innovation and technology progress, the impacts should be monitored.
I totally agree. My views remain the same. It's almost impossible to stop people from getting guns (depending on the country), hence, the best that can be done is gun ownership should be carefully vetted. Furthermore, advancement in innovation and technology is inevitable. The law should constantly evolve to cope with the rapid changes.
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