On Gun Control, Two Places to Start
The authors #1 point is about mental health screenings, not a point I want to belabor. But check this next point out, and agree with very strongly.
2. More accountable gun distribution and retailing. Since the earliest days of our country, guns have been relatively readily available, and there’s no need to compromise that to improve the safety of our gun distribution infrastructure. Instead, we can look at weak points in gun distribution through which guns go from legal manufacturers to illegal use.
Gun shows that require only a brief in-person event with no live-fire training to qualify for a purchase permit, or that allow bulk purchase of weapons disrespect the care and dedication with which most gun owners teach themselves and their children. Again, a few simple changes requiring proof of real safety, such as shooting lessons before buying a weapon just makes common sense, not only to prevent irresponsible gun distribution, but to ensure that future generations of gun owners obey the traditions of the hundreds of years of millions of thoughtful, smart gun owners in America.
I’d like to see a structure a little like the pilots license. For those who never looked at that, let me explain.
At first you are licensed to fly. You passed a test about the rules and you passed a flying test with a small single engine plane. You may not take a 747 out. Or even a twin engine aircraft until you study for it, test your ability and get signed off by a professional. There are medical exams to ensure you do not have a health problem (like say a heroin addiction).
Caveat-Pro instructors will stand to make a lot of money if skill and safety tests are legislated. That could mean me. But to speak from my heart-I’d teach gun safety to anyone for free.