Saturday, December 15, 2012
Pure evil has raised it's ugly head again and this time taken from us 27 people, 20 of them innocent little children. We're all in shock. We're mad. We feel helpless to do anything, but at the same time we're determined to do something. The President says we must take "meaningful action". I concur. Here's where it gets tricky. Do what?
The logical first suggestion is "gun control". I don't understand what that means. What exactly constitutes "gun control"? Does it mean everyone who owns a gun must register it, listing themselves the owner of 1 or 2 or more guns, make X and model Y? How will that prevent any more massacres? Have you noticed that in many of these horrible shootings the shooter takes his own life, too? A person could somehow lose his mind and then use his legal firearm to kill many others plus himself. And of course there is a HUGE black market in stolen guns. This seems like it would be a huge exercise in futility.
What about just outlawing guns, with a very few exceptions? Everyone just turn in their guns, where they would be permanently destroyed? How would that be enforced? After the turn-in date would the police go door-to-door looking for guns? The obvious problem....we don't have enough police now, much less enough to take on this additional role.
In this scenario you'd probably get good response from law abiding citizens, but certainly not from the criminal element. By definition they don't obey laws. Why should they obey this one? I think it fair to say you will NEVER be able to get all guns, or even most guns, off the street. Again, a huge exercise in futility.
Why not try this: Instead of trying to scrutinize all 300,000,000+ Americans, why not concentrate on the few million who have done something to indicate they are troubled or have already committed a crime? Every time a restraining order is issued against someone for cause, their name should INSTANTLY go on the FBI list that precludes them from buying a gun (legally). Any time a person is committed to a hospital for serious, dangerous mental issues, their name would INSTANTLY go on that same list. And in both cases, a search warrant would be issued INSTANTLY requiring police to search that person's residence/belongings and confiscate any firearms found.
And for anyone found selling guns on the black market, they would be sent to the most horrible of all prisons....an old fashioned rock-busting, brutal, hellish prison. And if it could be proven that a gun they sold illegally was used to take a life, then they would be held as complicit as the shooter, and subject to the same penalties. (Life in prison/ no parole or even capital punishment.)
This would take an extreme effort to pull off, and it would be expensive. But it would be "meaningful action", and it just might work. Meanwhile, since it has become evident that law abiding people are to a large extent responsible for their own safety, they could still possess the means to protect themselves.
There honestly aren't any easy answers, but as the President has said, we must do something.