Joan Peterson asked "20 Questions" and here are my answers. I had to edit my comment on her blog to get below the 4096 character requirement.
1. Do you believe that criminals and domestic abusers should be able to buy guns without background checks?
Criminals and DV abusers already buy firearms on the black market from someone who stole them, or steal firearms themselves.
2. What is your proposal for keeping guns away from criminals, domestic abusers, terrorists and dangerously mentally ill people?
Someone is not a criminal until convicted of a crime. So until someone is convicted of a crime,there is no legal standing to deny rights. DV and terrorists are also criminals. As far as the "dangerously mentally ill" I hope you are referring to the Virginia Tech shooter, who passed his background checks because of failures to enforce the laws already on the books.
3. Do you believe that a background check infringes on your constitutional right to "keep and bear arms"?
Yes. Why don't you have to fill out a background check every time you vote? Or publish a blog post?
4. Do you believe that I and people with whom I work intend to ban your guns?
5. If yes to #4, how do you think that could happen ( I mean the physical action)?
First step is a ban on new weapons.
Second step is a requirement to register weapons in the name of public safety.
Third step is to continually increase the requirements on lawful gun owners to the point that they commit a "regulatory crime" and therefore become criminals.
Fourth step: Once you've turned lawful gun owners into criminals, issue a warrant and send the police to arrest the criminal and confiscate the firearms.
Fifth step; repeat 80 million times.
It happened in Germany, Cuba, Canada (although the Canadians are starting to fight back), and even New Orleans after Katrina.
6. What do you think are the "second amendment remedies" that the tea party GOP candidate for Senate in Nevada( Sharron Angle) has proposed?
The second amendment allows for an armed citizenry to deal with all manners of social problems, from crime to tyranny. It means we have the right of self defense, not only of our lives but also of our freedoms.
7. Do you believe in the notion that if you don't like what someone is doing or saying, second amendment remedies should be applied?
It depends on whether that person is like Charles Manson or Pol Pot, who is only "saying things" to get other people to kill on his behalf. Words have power.
8. Do you believe it is O.K. to call people with whom you disagree liars and demeaning names?
Liar yes, if someone is a liar they are a liar.
However name calling happens on both sides. This is coming from a "bitter clinger" and a "red state neanderthal" and even a "cold blooded baby killer". I've been called a lot of names by your side. Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
9. If yes to #8, would you do it in a public place to the person's face?
Yes. If someone is a liar I will say it to their face. I don't use demeaning terms like "nazi" or "pinko commie". It isn't productive.
10. Do you believe that any gun law will take away your constitutional rights?
If you live in Chicago, New York, or Washington DC gun laws ALREADY HAVE.
11. Do you believe in current gun laws? Do you think they are being enforced? If not, explain.
No, gun laws have no demonstrable effect on violent crime. I know current gun laws aren't being enforced, see reference to VA Tech shooter.
12. Do you believe that all law-abiding citizens are careful with their guns and would never shoot anybody?
There are around 80 million of us. OF COURSE most of us never shoot anyone. We work VERY HARD to preach the four rules so that WE DON'T shoot people.
However, there are plenty of us who WILL shoot if it comes down to self defense. Having the ability to defend yourself doesn't mean you go looking for opportunities to defend yourself. And 80 million of us just want to be left alone.
13. Do you believe that people who commit suicide with a gun should be included in the gun statistics?
No. Suicide isn't against the law, so no crime has been committed.
14. Do you believe that accidental gun deaths should "count" in the total numbers?
No, if someone dies from a hunting accident it doesn't have any resemblance to a gang fight and is not useful in talking about crime.
15. Do you believe that sometimes guns, in careless use or an accident, can shoot a bullet without the owner or holder of the gun pulling the trigger?
Something has to "pull the trigger". Guns don't load themselves. If a weapons discharges by being dropped that is the same as if the person who dropped the gun pulled the trigger. Firearms always shoot because of a human activity.
16. Do you believe that 30,000 gun deaths a year is too many?
No. Ten out of ten people die. It's just a matter of when. Also you are "lying with statistics". If you said "8,000 murders by guns" that would be a more interesting question. But since murder is a crime that predates firearms it is ultimately a stupid question. Countries with draconian gun laws still have murder.
17. How will you help to prevent more shootings in this country?
By being armed and ready to defend my family and myself from violence. The best way to stop violence is with overwhelming violence. It is why police carry pistols and patrol rifles.
18. Do you believe the articles that I have posted about actual shootings or do you think I am making them up or that human interest stories about events that have happened should not count when I blog about gun injuries and deaths?
This is America, 11 people (on average) die each year from screwdrivers. Joseph Stalin said it this way "One death is a tragedy, a million is a statistic". Your use of individual anecdotes is simply your way to turn individual random events into tragedy. The NRA does the same thing with it's "armed citizen" postings of those who defend themselves with firearms.
19. There has been some discussion of the role of the ATF here. Do you believe the ATF wants your guns and wants to harass you personally? If so, provide examples ( some have written a few that need to be further examined).
Do you remember the contract the ATF put out for multi-tools that were etched "Always Think Forfeiture"? Or how about the ATF agent who insisted that "any firearm that discharges more than one bullet with a single pull of the trigger is a machine gun" when asked about a double barreled shotgun? Anecdotes are not facts, but the ATF is no friend of gun owners.
20. Will you continue a reasonable discussion towards an end that might lead somewhere or is this an exercise in futility?
You want to restrict a Constitutionally protected individual right. The only productive outcome would be for you to realize that guns aren't the problem. People are the problem. People make mistakes, people drive drunk or too fast or drowsy. People kill other people every day by little mistakes. Why do you think we have the FDA, OSHA, and the DOT?
A child is more likely to die from a fall down the stairs or drowning in the backyard pool than from a firearm. Because people make mistakes, not because guns are a problem.
So now I will ask you ONE QUESTION:
Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?