I never own a gun (I legally could), and I think the NRA are giant selfish bullies, but all of the proposals I heard on news (not all, just what I heard) in the wake of the horrible tragedy in Newtown are useless. (In no way am I trying to belittle the horrid tragedy, or defend anyone. Just trying find a lasting solution.) It is a simple test, "would proposed law stop the tragedies in CT, or CO, or AZ, for instance?" If it won't, why propose it? (Answer: Political brownie points, but I diverge). IMHO, the best way just like learning to drive, to teach everyone, from 9th grade (or earlier) and up. Suggested topics: Gun security (how to safety and prevent from use) Gun safety (how to handle weapons and remove ammo) Discipline (not to joke around or treat lightly) and what some will object to: Social monitoring: be aware of unstable people (suicidal, violent, drug user) and just like a drivers licenses (another dangerous weapon if you think about it), Regular refresher courses, especially if you own a fire arm (or bow for that matter). Now, the talk about banning "Assault weapons"? Despite the fearsome look of AW's, for close range, nothing beats handguns. While I actually do not have nor never owned a gun (firearm to be exact), I have shot many weapons (Glock, 1911, Thompson Semi 45, 22's, etc), even handled and operated a fully functional machine gun (MG-15, if you want to look it up), and even a small collection of ammo each of different size for comparison. I am curious about weapons, not "crazy".