I think they should go one step further and say if you own a certain amount of guns you should have a special permit. This way any responsible person can have their gund but drug dealers and other questionable people will be subject to felony charges for stock piling weapons.
I agree also with Up2. I would like to see a law where the gun owner is responsible for anyone who gets access to their weapon. Say for instance if you have an unstable person that could gain access to them, their actions would be on you. Like they made it with the children's parents being held responsible if the child got ahold of the weapon. Something like that. It may not help much but it couldn't hurt.
pravda.ru the Russian news source had a very interesting article recently about America and our guns.
It is very interesting and I'd advise anyone to read it.
They also had an interesting piece recently about the decline of the traditional family unit in the households of America.
I also concur with the responsibility to secure any firearms that you own. When you own a firearm that is an implied task. The statistics of course relect differently. This alludes to my hope that hopes that the commission provides tangible solutions that are attainable. Making it mandatory to secure your firearms is something that makes sense and by no means an infringement of the 2nd amendment.
In October of 2000, the U.S. Secret Service published a study of 37 school shootings in 26 states. That study found that in more than 65% of the cases, the attacker got the gun from his or her own home or that of a relative.
Child access prevention laws have been shown to be effective at reducing unintentional firearm deaths among children. One study found that in twelve states where such laws had been in effect for at least one year, unintentional firearm deaths fell by 23% from 1990-94 among children under 15 years of age
(it also cut down on suicides)
I found the first study interesting as it has relevance to the school shootings. And it seems this law did in fact cut down on deaths of Children.
I think though the law needs to be more well known. I'm not sure how many people even know this law exists. And I don't think it is in every state. I may be wrong. But it wouldn't hurt to remind people of it.
And if they make such a law that holds the gun owner responsible, I think it should carry a somewhat stiff penalty so people will be more apt to take it seriously. That 65% number of the school shootings getting the guns from home is alarming. And if this was enacted and you could get people to take it seriously, like no playing around you will be held accountable. It very well may cut down on the number of school shootings and other shootings.
The government did not write the constitution to give rights to the people. The people wrote the constitution to limit the government's power.
I'll see your George Harrison, and raise you two George Washingtons, a Richard Henry Lee, a James Madison, a Larry Elder, a Thomas Jefferson, an Alexander Hamilton, a John F. Kennedy, a George Mason, and a Clint Eastwood:
1.”A free people ought to be armed.”
2.”To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”
~Richard Henry Lee
3.”[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
4.”Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
5.”A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders.”
6.”One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.”
7.”The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
8.”By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
~John F. Kennedy
9.”To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
10. ”I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
I'm not sure what bearing quoting George Harrison has in either of these discussions other than being a canard, rather like sending troops to fight the Taliban with John Lennon's famous words "Give peace a chance"
Light Bulb Moment! This won't please the Apocolyptic Pentocostals, but if we surgically placed a chip in ever body who serves time then all we would have to do is SCAN their arm (choosin that's where we place the chip of course) And If they choose to purchase a weapon from a reputable gun dealer we could deny them getting a gun right there on the spot.
We do it for dogs and we have VIN numbers for cars. Why not criminals?
Then, when we have them in custody, and they try and stonewall and not give up the street dealer who sold them the piece...then double or TRIPLE their time in the joint.