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Erik Olsen

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  • Erik Olsen replied to a comment by MEH1951

    GOOD Magazine Feature | Get to Know the Americans You'd Least Expect to Fancy the Firearm via magazine.good.is

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    MEH19518 months ago

    Sarah seems to be missing the point. The US gun death rate far exceeds that of every other industrialized nation. The reason is we have too many guns and too few gun safety regulations. Guns are the last consumer product not regulated for consumer health and safety.

    Does Sarah not believe universal background checks are a good idea? Does she not believe that smart gun technology is a good idea? We will always have guns in America. But do we have to have so many gun deaths? Let's take a reasonable public health approach and reduce the gun death and injury that over 100k Americans experience each year. Final fact: a gun in the home makes you 22 times more likely to be killed or injured than if you didn't have a gun in the home. The idea that a gun protects you is a false idea sold by the NRA and gun industry to gullible Americans. Sadly, too many Americans, including you, have taken the bait.

    Erik Olsen8 months ago

    The best argument against UBC is the Commerce Clause. What in the Constitution (their employee handbook) gives Congress the power to limit intrastate sales of any nature between two legal residents of the same state?

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  • Erik Olsen replied to a comment by whylie

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    whylie8 months ago

    I'm not moved that the people represented in this article identified themselves as liberals. And it's great that gun-related crimes have decreased, but the reality is that our country still takes the lead in gun-related deaths per capita, and incidents of mass shootings are on the rise. We have done nothing to address this trend, however. This is an embarrassing fact to contend with. I'm shocked that we're relegated to justifying uncontrolled gun ownership by comparing gun deaths to car accidents and drownings. Unlike swimming pools and automobiles, guns are weapons designed for the intent to kill. Not to mention, there are strict rules governing the use of automobiles (zero tolerance drinking and driving laws, for example) to control car accident rates. Yet we can’t seem to address gun-related mass murders in this country? Lastly, I don’t understand how one could compare the urgency to stop gun violence with the pro-life debate. Again, we’re dealing with the frightening trend of unpredictable mass civilian murders due to negligent and uncontrolled gun use. Clearly not the same as a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. I appreciate that you are trying to understand the other side of the gun issue, and the history of gun-ownership and the idea of “freedom” in this country deserves sensitive consideration. However, this should be a no-brainer. We push for gun control not for the sake of our own selfish desire for power, but for our fundamental right to be protected under law from indiscriminate violence.

    Erik Olsen8 months ago

    So a woman can make choices about her health as long as it doesn't extend to protecting her person. Got it.

    If you are so worried about stopping gun rampages, look at the Clackamas Town Center shooting back in 2012. What stopped the shooter? A 'good guy with a gun' to borrow from the NRA-ILA rhetoric. What happened in Sandy Hook? Cops took 20 minutes to get on site.

    Mass shootings are statistical outliers no matter how painful they are when they happen.

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  • Erik Olsen replied to a comment by MEH1951

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    MEH19518 months ago

    Sarah seems to be missing the point. The US gun death rate far exceeds that of every other industrialized nation. The reason is we have too many guns and too few gun safety regulations. Guns are the last consumer product not regulated for consumer health and safety.

    Does Sarah not believe universal background checks are a good idea? Does she not believe that smart gun technology is a good idea? We will always have guns in America. But do we have to have so many gun deaths? Let's take a reasonable public health approach and reduce the gun death and injury that over 100k Americans experience each year. Final fact: a gun in the home makes you 22 times more likely to be killed or injured than if you didn't have a gun in the home. The idea that a gun protects you is a false idea sold by the NRA and gun industry to gullible Americans. Sadly, too many Americans have taken the bait.

    Erik Olsen8 months ago

    So you will ignore all other much more likely sources of death in America to go after something that you have also stated will 'always be there' and we are the ones who have taken the bait. Really?

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  • Erik Olsen replied to a comment by Lyd

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    Lyd8 months ago

    I'm from New Zealand we have guns for hunting and recreation and gun laws which for the most part enable control over access to weapons.I was raised with a healthy respect and understanding of guns and enjoyed the wild pigs,deer and ducks that resulted. I never considered the shotgun in my fathers house to be there for any other purpose .
    What continues to amaze me about the American gun control debate is the culture of fear that surrounds it. This culture of fear and doubt suggests that if I have a gun I can control my world. Can you really? Can you really only have power and control over your life by taking another's life. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that children raised in this culture of paranoia and fear think they can solve their problems with a semi automatic.The other aspect of this debate I find frightening are the types of guns available for 'protection'. They are not for hunting they one purpose is to kill a perceived threat .Would I want to bring my kids up in that environment -no way.

    Erik Olsen8 months ago

    Here's another perspective on this from an avowed Liberal.

    Force is a good counter to threatened force.

    To keep it simple, here's my favorite Orwell quote: “That rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

    My semi-auto AR pistol serves a couple of functions. It is a tool to help me work with my wife to keep our house safer, it is fun to shoot at the range and it is a teaching tool. It teaches that the rules set forth to control gun owners by the ATF are ridiculous and illogical. The mere fact that it has no shoulder stock is why I am not facing a Felony charge, 10-15 years in jail and $250,000 in fines. Why? Because I can put a barrel shorter than 16" on it but if I did so with a stock on it and did not do the following: pay $200 for a tax stamp, .file an ATF Form 1 (NFA Manufacturing application) and then wait 11-14 months before putting the short barrel on it.

    'Reasonable' restrictions such as the NFA '34 produce the above situation and are precisely why I - as a Leftist Liberal - fight new gun restrictions tooth and nail. All they do is raise the bar for gun ownership and provide no additional safety. The National Firearms Act of 1934 has done nothing to curb violence but instead has made those who can afford to buy firearms that fall under that law even more wealthy as those firearms will never lose value thanks to that law. It also was a knee jerk reaction to the St Valentine's Day Massacre. What was Manchin-Toomey again? A knee-jerk reaction to Sandy Hook.

    The parallels run deep.

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