Originally Posted by katewes
No one claims there is an easy solution, so at least one small step in the right is one step.
I draw the analogy that gun-enthusiasts use, namely, that cars can be used to kill people, but no one suggests banning cars.
So, at the very minimum, there should be legislation equivalent to car use:
- people need take lessons to use the firearm;
- people need to take an exam with an instructor to assess whether the person meets the standard;
- the person needs a licence with photo;
- fines for misuse of the apparatus, analogous to speeding etc.
- the apparatus, the firearm or car, must be registered with the registration number stated on the firearm/car.
If the gun lobby uses the car analogy, then it has to be used consistently.
No one is saying, if the above are done, then the problem is solved, but it is a start.
I agree. Firearm owners need to show that not do they know how to use guns & can use them, but use them responsibly. If you're legally blind, why should you have a gun?
I've heard of studies where other countries that have higher gun ownership have lower murders/rapes/robberies, while other countries that have lower gun ownership has lower murders/rapes/robberies. So I don't think the problem is really how many guns we have. I think the real problem is how we resolve our problems & differences. Many people posted comments on other threads here where if someone tries to harm them, the only solution for them is deadly force. I understand shooting someone is one of the easiest & quickest ways to deter a threat, but not necessarily the best & only way. There are non-lethal ways to defend yourself. Karate, tasters, etc.
Plus, many people say the best way to prevent murders, robberies, etc. is to arm everyone. "The bad guy will think twice about attack you if you had a gun." That might work in some cases. But what's to stop the bad guy from having a bigger gun, better protection, etc.? Sounds like some this might cause an arms race.
I've heard that the shooter in Connecticut had mental issues. We really need to give these people the medical help they need.
I don't think necessarily banning guns is the solution, but deadly force should only be a last resort. I'll admit, I'm a pacifist. I'm a lover, not a fighter & believe in making love, not war. I just think it's awful that a guy in the military (before the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell") could get medals for killing a bunch of guys and thrown out for loving one. The US is one messed up country.