This is what tools are for, my friends. Ronald Long of Deepwater, MO, was trying to install a satellite dish in his bedroom. He was having trouble putting the necessary hole in the wall and, thinking himself quite clever, decided to use his gun to get the job done quickly. Unfortunately, his wife was outside and caught the bullet in the chest. She was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival. On the upside, Ronald now has DirecTV. Silver linings, people. [KCTV via Boing Boing]
You wrote (the numbers are my own):
1) If i thought requiring licensing, permits, and training would help keep guns out of bad peoples hands i'd be all for it.
2) But the truth is criminals don't register their guns, or follow the rules. That's why they're called criminals.
3) Restrictions like those ONLY keep guns out of the hands of law abiding, rule respecting responsible citizens who give a damn about doing it legally.
Sentence 1: I don't know why you're -=not=- all for it. Explain. What's wrong with having a gun license and having it show that you've trained in firearms operation, as deadly as it is? Why not archery, too? Why not make it a written test you have to take before going out for an elk or deer tag?
Sentence 2: They don't register. You're right. Most gun owners (law-abiding, all) probably would not comply, either. Yet, I see no problem with current law. Transfers of virtually any firearm across state lines (from dealer to dealer) is easy as long as these transfers meet state and federal law (and the participants document things properly). Dealer sales require a lot of record-keeping, and checks, depending on state law. There's no trouble getting virtually any gun, though.
Sentence 3) No, they don't. I easily abide by the laws and can get any gun I want. See you at the range.