The problem I have with most gun control proposals is that they aren't likely to solve the problem.
So what's the solution? Is passing some new bills that make us feel better about things but that do little, if anything, to solve the problem at hand? I don't think so. People advocating for measures like the background check bill and the assault weapons ban may be thrilled if those measures come to pass, but would inevitably be disappointed when the mass violence continues. So what then?
The real problem is some seem to think passing laws solves problems. They don't.
OK that is settled, now what?
Beyond that, no one is saying passing laws will "solve the problem". It won't. But it will help and that is what we as a society work together to do: Improve things
.... What solves problems is people following laws and time, and adjusting laws and time, and the public reporting those not following laws and law enforcement doing its jobs and over time things falling into place. In this case a single law doesn't change anything, there will be several laws that will address the various elements and help reduce the problem.
One possible result could be more qualified or responsible people with firearms and people not being OK with someone just "fun purchasing" or heat of the moment purchases (queue the "But it's my right!" response). I always go back to hunting and those that own firearms in familes and areas where hunting is a norm. These are mostly responsible very people, and they WILL take the gun away from someone who is not responsible with them or demonstrates carelessness in handle of them. And they will report an idiot to their local law enforcement or for sure their friends groups and that will not be tolerated.
One of the reason why cities have a higher gun death rate is not because they are liberal bastions or often have Democrat leadership (sorry all who like to claim this), The reason is because "anyone can buy a gun" and they have never grown up with the proper guidance and respect for the use of a firearm.
Firearm ownership is a right and it is a big responsibility. I an not advocating disallowing firearm ownership and use, but I am all for proper management of their acquisition and use and by responsible people. That is not limiting anyone's right it is ensuing it.
As far as I know the only time a background check isn't performed during a sale of a firearm is between two private parties. Realistically its impossible to enforce such a thing between two parties anyways.
Require insurance and registration. Then, much like a private car sale, it is in the best interests of the selling party to go through the proper channels so they are not held liable for anything that happens as a result of that weapon in the future. A background check could be a part of a title transfer or a requirement to take your name off the registration for that particular gun.
This is a simple and I think one of the most effective ways to start.
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