Just give me some of your general opinions on how you look at these two issues in the U.S. and how you feel they could be reformed currently.
Edited by OurWildebeest: 12/8/2015 2:10:29 PMFirst thought is that they are philosophically unrelated. That said: 1 - Gun control is as likely to be followed by an increase in murder and crime as by a decrease (not a random statement, I have analyzed many instances of gun control, and more than half the time, they are followed by rising murder rates). Absent compelling evidence it will reduce murder rate (not "gun deaths," the actual homicide rate), I think it is a mistake to randomly try things. The U.S. murder rate is lower than it has been since the early 1960s anyway, and #111 in the world out of 218 countries. It is admittedly high for the developed world, but that is entirely explained by socioeconomics (the non-Hispanic white American murder rate (1.86) is between the Belgium (1.6) and Norway (2.2) murder rates). Gangs and large-scale inner city poverty are the problems in terms of murder rate, meaning the opportunity is in addressing them, not gun control. 2 - Debating to what extent we should enforce our laws is asinine. You enforce all laws 100%. If you don't intend to enforce a law, you don't pass a law. Arbitrary enforcement of laws is one of the defining characteristic of tyranny. I don't really have an opinion about the number of immigrants per se, don't really see problems with them. But would-be immigrants who follow the rules and wait years should not be penalized relative to scofflaws who immigrate illegally. In other words, all illegal immigrants should be deported; if we are not willing to do this, we need to revise our laws.
Shameless self bump.