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Guns, Guns and More Guns

Jeff Hall

Posted on October 6, 2015 10:19

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Let's start with the basics: training, proper storage, registration.

In order to drive a car, one must take driver education, pass a written test, pass a driving test, get a license, register the vehicle and buy insurance. 

We accept this as normal. 

If there is a car accident, there is accountability -- who was the driver, what was the make and license number of the car, what's the name of the insurance company, etc. 

It would be pretty hard to engage in a hit-and-run accident and get away with it.  And this is as is should be. 

Why is it so different with guns?  Why wouldn't we, as a society, want some minimal accountability built into the equation?  If someone gets shot, at a minimum, shouldn't we know who owns the gun?  If we are a society that believes in law and order, knowing the basic facts of a situation is a good starting place.

But this is tricky.  As gun violence increases, many think owning a gun is the only way to protect oneself.  There is a cold logic to this -- if everyone else has a gun and I don't, aren't I kind of a target?

And many gun owners fear a hostile takeover of our government, either from within or without.  Guns will protect us, they think, in the event of such a catastrophe.  If guns are registered, a hostile force would know where to go in order to round up the guns, say those who think guns in private hands will keep the worst from happening. 

But do private citizens really need assault weapons?  Don't we want stronger controls in place so criminals or those with mental health issues don't get their hands on guns?  Do our politicians really have to kow-tow to the NRA? 

Obama has tried his best to get a dialogue going on this.  Nobody seems to be listening.  The mass shootings keep happening.  The rights of one person who wants to buy guns seem to trump those of the several who just want to attend class in safety. 

While Hillary Clinton often fails to inspire, let's give her some points for at least suggesting some ideas here.  Nobody else seems to be.  Let's hope another election cycle doesn't come and go in which this issue is once again successfully avoided.

 

Jeff Hall

Posted on October 6, 2015 10:19

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