You probably have questions.
We have common sense answers.
What is Common Sense Americans?
We want to put an end to the gun death epidemic in America. We are the first non-profit organization to advocate for the repeal of the Second Amendment, followed by a nationwide gun ban.
What do you have against the Second Amendment?
It’s stupid easy for people to kill other people or themselves with guns, and the Second Amendment is what makes that all possible.
Many Americans don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods, schools, churches, or concerts because of the looming threat of violence. We believe people should feel safe in America, and we need to ban guns to make that happen.
What about hunting?
Hunting is an American past time and must remain a part of our culture. Hunting rifles should stay, and we’ll have to figure out how to better regulate those weapons, but we definitely don’t need a whole Constitutional Amendment protecting the right to own a hunting rifle.
We will NEVER repeal the Second Amendment.
“A black man will never be president.” “Women will never vote.” "We will never outlaw guns.” You can cower away and naysay, or you can stand on the right side of history.
During Prohibition, we fought to repeal an Amendment so that we could drink beer. Today, we can—and will—repeal an Amendment to stop killing kids and cops.
Common Sense Americans believe you should stand up for the right thing, even if it will be challenging.
Why not fight for better gun control laws?
Because no other law could stop the gun epidemic.
When people talk about ‘gun control’, they generally mean tighter control around who can own guns (eg. better background checks), or what types of guns one can own (eg. no more automatic weapons). That makes a lot of sense, but it is not enough.
The unfortunate reality is that as long as guns exist, people will use them to kill each other and themselves. Gun control half-measures will not stop that.
Note: A majority of guns used in mass murders were purchased legally.
Even if you took away the Second Amendment, there would still be millions of guns already sold.
And we should think about how to take those away, but first we need to take away the dumb Amendment protecting them.
Here are three ideas:
Gun buyback programs have been successful in many countries, recently in Australia.
Compile a database of every registered gun owner and what guns he or she owns. Take away all non-hunting rifles. (This is one of our 3 main goals)
Make very strict punishments for anyone caught with an unauthorized weapons. This will deter people from secretly keeping weapons and put unlicensed gun carriers in jail before they can do anything stupid with their firearm.
But Bad People will still be able to get access to guns on the black market.
A gun on the black market would cost tens of thousands of dollars, plus you’d have to know the right people. That is a huge barrier to entry. Making guns illegal would remove them from a vast majority of the bad people we don’t want toting a gun.
What are your thoughts on the gun lobby?
The gun lobby is run by political extremists and conmen. They are arms dealers who exacerbate this deadly epidemic so they can turn a profit.
To be clear, NRA members are not our enemy! Gun owners are generally good people who have been sold a dangerous idea by very bad people.
Aren’t most gun owners good?
Absolutely! But one bad apple spoils the bunch. Put it this way: if my kid hit another kid with a stick, I don’t blame the stick, but I still take it away.
Isn’t this a mental health problem?
A.) It’s a factor, sure. But while every country has mental illness, and only America is suffering so badly from the gun epidemic. Coincidence?
Michael Stone, a Columbia University psychiatrist who maintains a database of mass shooters, wrote in a recent analysis that only 52 out of the 235 killers in the database, or about 22 percent, had mental illnesses. The biggest risk is white males, not the mentally ill.
B.) The gun lobby has successfully blocked the Center of Disease Control from doing any diagnostic research on the gun epidemic. It’s ironic that they often claim it is a mental health issue, when they are the very reason we can’t get better answers.
Wouldn’t we be safer if more people had guns?
Come on, now. No one actually buys that garbage. Plain and simple: more guns in an area = higher rate of gun deaths, 100% of the time.
But how will I defend my family?
Your family is more likely to kill themselves or you with your own gun than they are to die at the hands of a home intruder, so not owning a gun is better for your family’s safety.
Plus: home security systems are more effective than guns at securing your home.
What about shooting ranges?
Hey, even we can admit that shooting guns is exhilarating and fun. Shooting ranges will stay, but the dumb gun laws will not.
What does CSA actually do?
This organization is new and very small, and honestly, we’re still figuring that out. Our goal of ending the gun epidemic in America is incredibly ambitious, and we’d like to hear from you on what we need to do to make that happen.