Originally Posted by Michael Psycle
I know very little about weaponry. But I've got a serious question for the second amendment enthusiasts around here. Where should the line be drawn? Does anyone believe in private ownership of rockets and grenade launchers? Other war weapons? If not, where is the line that represents what you think it is ok and not ok for private citizen to have?
Those lines are already drawn MP.
You cannot legally own a fully automatic firearm unless you have a special, albeit very expensive, permit from the ATF.
Same for grenades, rockets, etc.
Nonetheless, rest assured that criminal elements already own all of the above. I shudder to think about the global black market that would develop/explode overnight if there was a gun ban of some sort in the US.
And this is kind of our point. Those of us who do know something about weaponry also realize that all the laws in the world really only restrict weapon possession for folks that already are law abiding.
So the real issue to us is not guns themselves. Folks who really want them will get them somehow. Just like criminals get "illegal" guns now.
1) Maybe a rational approach to background checks. Somehow would we be able to screen out folks who are actually at risk to commit horrific violence? Understand though, that, if someone really wants a gun or two or three, they can get one illegally.
2) NRA to raise the consciousness of it's members about preventing access to weapons by children and others who may use the weapon for evil.
3)Rekindle something like the Civilian Marksmanship Program. By exposing kids and young adults to firearms at an early age I can't help that the novelty and enamored feeling of holding/shooting a gun would be lessened for kids.
4)A cultural shift in our values about "cool". Pop culture has provided all these "cool" images to our kids. Often these images are simply not attainable. Nor should they be. Yet kids feel the need to emulate these images. And, as a parent, you really have to fight an uphill battle against all this. The explosion of "social media" has geometrically increased the difficulty of this job.
5)Rational, non-reactive approach to mental health. This is the toughest one as far as I'm concerned. I see kids that have been diagnosed with various disorders all the time. From my view, many of them are just angry. They're REALLY angry. And, often they have reason to be. The solutions to this problem are cultural though. And it doesn't help that getting good grades, not doing drugs or drinking alcohol, even working hard and improving your situation is often scoffed at in Popular Culture.
6) Acknowledgement that there is good and there is evil. We will never have a Utopia. Utopia is a fantasy. With the simple acknowledgement of evil we are then forced to ponder how we might protect ourselves, individually and collectively, from said evil. Clearly, government and law enforcement have a significant role, provided that the sources of evil AND the potential sources of evil are properly identified. But the individual also has a role. This is the whole idea behind Concealed Carry and "home defense". I would add that I think that there should be mandatory rigorous training for those who carry. Shooting a hundred rounds a year at the range isn't really sufficient in my view.
A short list for me at this point but a starting point. But first we have to agree that we have other big problems that result in these mass shootings. That they're not the result of inanimate objects called guns.
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