Could have POSSIBLY prevented several funerals? Considering that they didn’t indicates they are pretty useless.

There have been 28 real mass shootings (3 or more deaths, not including the killer) since January 1, 2017. In the 18 incidents where the source of the guns used was reported, 80% of the guns were purchased from a licensed dealer, with a background check, paid for, owned and used by the shooter. Four more incidents involved the theft of a legally owned firearm.

Of the 28 mass shootings, about 47% occurred in states with universal background checks.

Doesn’t look like background checks have a very good track record does it?

Consider the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. When Ian Long bought the Glock pistol used in the shooting, every single gun law currently championed by gun control advocates was in effect in the state. Enhanced, two-stage, universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, magazine restrictions, red flag laws, mandatory handgun safety course, waiting periods and more. Long bought his gun in California, in full compliance with the law. Despite media claims, his magazine wasn’t illegal under existing law at the time because an injunction had been issued against California’s confiscatory ban.

They were also in effect when Kevin Neal, who was under a court order to surrender his guns, shot up Rancho Tehama. The court order was issued in April and Neal turned in a single gun. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office continued to receive complaints about gunfire coming from Neal’s property after the order after the order was issued. Neal either didn’t answer the door or denied having any guns. Neal did build two “ghost guns” something that is permitted by federal law and was actually also legal in California at the time but he also had Smith & Wesson and Glock pistols that weren’t registered to him.

All except the red flag laws were in effect when Elliot Rodger took his drive through Isla Vista. He had three legally purchased, California Department of Justice-approved pistols with restricted capacity magazines. He also had more than a dozen fully loaded, restricted capacity magazines.

Maybe it’s just me, but I found it quite ironic when Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy introduced a bill to expand background checks, saying that they would reduce mass shootings, just days after a man who had passed more than a dozen of them murdered 58 people in Las Vegas.

Of course, gun control addicts also promoted background checks after Sandy Hook, even though Adam Lanza wouldn’t have been affected by them. Don’t forget that Lanza lived in a state that requires a state-police-issued permit to possess a firearm. Nancy Lanza had one; Adam never bothered to get one because the guns were hers.

Get a dog! Why didn’t I think of that? Perhaps it’s because I think of more people than you do.

More people currently rent their domiciles than at any time since 1965. It’s estimated that 65% of Millennials rent.

Dogs are wonderful! They are great companions; they are loyal and faithful beyond measure; and they are fierce defenders.

They are also unpopular with landlords and require daily maintenance of both intake and output. Moreover, they are also a source of complaints from neighbors.

For a dog to be big enough to present a threat to an intruder, the dog has to be large enough to be intimidating. Chihuahuas and Yorkies may be feisty, but it’s fairly easy to punt them into the next Zip Code.

If the dog is big enough to be intimidating, the dog has to have room to run. It’s vital to their health and well-being.

My younger daughter and her husband have a large dog. I love Ivy dearly, she’s a real sweetheart. But the pet deposit the couple had to post would have paid most of the price of a Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun. The typical annual cost to feed and care for a dog would pay for the shotgun, hundreds of shells and you wouldn’t have to walk it.

More landlords will let allow a tenant to have a gun without any extra cost than will allow a dog.

Once again, I am not against dogs by any stretch of the imagination. If it’s feasible, go for it.

To be honest, I would have a dog and a gun. I would want the dog to alert me of an intruder but I don’t want the dog to die for me. I don’t want the intruder to die, either, but if I can persuade him of the error of his ways by presenting him with a snarling dog and an armed homeowner, then it’s all good.

This is where we differ. I believe in allowing people to make their own choices, not only about owning a gun but what type of gun suits their individual needs. My “people control” requirements are satisfied by laws that make it illegal to do bad things with a gun — or a knife — or a tire iron, baseball bat or bare hands.

I believe the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness also includes the right to keep living. Your right to life does not trump my right to defend myself against someone wishing to deprive me of my right to life. This includes using an AR-15 to do it (of course, I would actually have to buy an AR-15, which I don’t particularly want).

You don’t seem to want to allow me that choice. Somehow, your choice to be a self-styled hippie in Oregon is supposed to outweigh my choice to be a handgun owner in Texas.

By the way, most of the real hippies that I knew (I entered college in 1968) were gun owners. Peace, love and flowers went only so far. In fact, Abbie Hoffman called on hippies to be armed. I know this for a fact because I was present for one of his speeches.

I have been a handgun owner for more years than the median age of the U.S. population. I have been in the business and have been privileged to know some of the legends. I don’t hold myself out to be an expert by any means, but over the past five decades I have learned a fair amount.

So when I set out to write, not only the original answer on Quora, but the article here on Medium, I tried to think of everything I would tell a person that I cared about.

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