My solution to the gun situation in America today is so simple that I am amazed that no one else has advanced a similar idea. Could it be that the people so enamored with firearms (sport shooters, hunters, the NRA etc etc) are so sensitive to any sort of logical and reasonable regulatory idea that they oppose all solutions out of hand because they somehow feel feel threatened? That’s probably the case though few will admit it.
OK Big Mouth. What’s your marvelous solution that will end 98% of the gun related problems we face in 2014.
TREAT GUNS LIKE CARS.
That’s right…treat guns like cars. When you think about it there are many many similarities. Allow me to explain.
People love their cars. They clean and customize them. They tune ’em up. Cars make getting to work or.to their friend’s homes much easier. They enjoy long vacation drives to the ocean or the mountains. To many people cars symbolize FREEDOM. Americans have had a long love affair with their cars. Those affluent enough to do so collect them. So in general cars in the hands of reasonable, properly trained people, cars have a positive affect on the people who own them and their families.
People love their guns. They clean and customize them. They tune ’em up so to speak with fancy inscriptions and added accessories. They enjoy target shooting with their pals or a day out the woods hunting. Some people feel safer by having a legal gun in their home. To many people guns symbolize FREEDOM. Americans have had a long love affair with guns. Those affluent enough to do so collect them. So in general guns in the hands of reasonable, properly trained people, guns have a positive affect on the people who own them and their families.
It is our right to own cars. It is our right to own guns. But like most things in the world there is the DARK SIDE.
People turn their cars into deadly machines of mayhem. They drink and drive. They do drugs and drive. They drive when they are not rested. They drive with an mean aggressive streak not caring for the safety of the people they share the road with. They drive too fast oblivious to what’s happening around them on the road. They text and drive. They talk on cell phones. Some people have mental illness or physical limitations and shouldn’t be behind the wheel but there they are cruising down the highway. Many people have no insurance. Many people have no license but they drive illegally anyway. Bad behaviour turns a potentially good thing…a car…into a most deadly device.
People turn their guns into deadly machines of mayhem. They drink and shoot. They do drugs and carry concealed weapons. They use their guns to portray a mean and aggressive streak not caring for the safety of people around them. Some people have mental illness or physical limitations and shouldn’t be involved with guns but there they are at gun shows getting their hands on them. Many people have no license but they possess illegal guns anyway. Bad behaviour turns a potentially good thing…a gun…into a most deadly device.
So my solution is to TREAT GUNS LIKE CARS.
1-If you really want a gun, you take a Firearm education course…like Driver’s Ed and learn about guns; their uses and their dangers…just like you do with a car.
2-You take a written test to demonstrate you have some reasonable understanding of what guns are all about and how to properly use them just like you do with cars.
3-Once you pass the written test, you would go to a shooting range and show an instructor/expert that you can actually handle a gun.
4- Then you register your gun. The fees to register guns will go towards training and education the same as they do with cars.
5-Once registered, you buy an insurance plan the same as you would when you buy a car. Everyone should have a minimum 100-300 policy, so if and when the misuse of a gun occurs, (either accidental or intentional) and that incident results in harm to property, life and limb, there is an actual price to pay. This part is open to interpretation but you get the idea. If you are involved with a gun “incident” , you are put into a high risk pool and your rates go up.The monies that higher risk people pay will be divided up amongst the victims of gun violence, which hopefully will be reduced by implementation of this simple plan. If you are involved in more then 2 “incidents” in a 10 year period of time, your right to gun ownership in revoked permanently. If you are involved in a gun “incident” that results in someone’s death, your right to possess a gun is revoked permanently.
5-Make logical “no gun zones” a part of society. Hospitals, restaurants, stadiums, schools would all be off limits to guns. You wouldn’t drive your car into a crowded public place on purpose so don’t bring your gun either!
6-If at anytime in your life you have been diagnosed with ANY MENTAL ILLNESS, your right to posses a gun is revoked permanently.
6-If at anytime in your life you have been convicted of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (or violence against children) your right to possess a gun is revoked permanently.
7-If you have been convicted of ANY SERIOUS crime your right to possess a gun is revoked permanently. If you are caught with a gun after your right has been revoked, the first offense would be a mandatory 5 year jail sentence. The second offense 25 years. Any crime committed with a gun would receive an additional 25 years added to whatever sentence was handed down for the initial crime.
That’s my solution. TREAT GUNS LIKE CARS. I’d love to hear what YOU think.