To use the site's full features, you need to allow viewing Flash content in your browser.Please press on the "rocker" to enable Flash for your browser.We recommend that all our users opt for the Flash-version of the chat (currently in use). To become a premium (GOLD) member for life and unlock this feature, all you have to do is buy any amount of tokens one time!The Gun Control Act of 1968, a US Federal statute, prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms. I, however, have reached the conclusion that such blanket prohibition on gun ownership by felons is not reasonable.Instead, I am saying that before a person is stripped of the right to defend themselves with a firearm, there should be a very good reason; and non-violent crimes don’t seem to be a sufficient reason.Remember, the supposed goal of The Gun Control Act of 1968 is to keep those who will commit violent crimes from having a gun, not to re-punish a convicted felon who has already been punished and released from jail.Given that fact, the question becomes whether banning all felons from ever having a gun again is reasonably related to preventing crime – and I’m compelled to answer that question in the negative.Note 2: A lively discussion has taken place in the comments below this article.
That means that a person can commit a rather violent crime, and often plea bargain it down to a misdemeanor. Note that I am not arguing in favor of taking guns away from such people.Furthermore, those convicted felons who are inclined to commit a crime and want a gun will get one, regardless of the law.Many violent crimes are not felonies, so a gun ban for all felons does not prevent many violent people from lawfully having a gun.Not to mention the city of Houston is one of the livest cities in the country.University of Houston is one of the most diverse, exhilarating and insightful schools in the country.Instead, I am saying that if the supposed goal of the federal law is to keep violent criminals from having guns, then that supposed purpose is not served, since those convicted of violent misdemeanors can still possess guns.