Each and every time some loon goes on a rampage, or goes postal, we have activist calling for gun laws, getting the guns, etc. It is in fact, predictable and not helpful. This puts the focus on that which is not the problem.
The problems are that guns are making their way into the hands of people who clearly should not possess them.
This is happening basically by two methods, they are sold on the street, or theft.
Government has a terrible track record of telling the truth, much less being able to administer anything.
I believe that capitalism is the solution.
Build it and they will come.
I would propose that eBay, or some other entrepreneur, develop strategic relationships with gun dealers around the country. Selling guns and gun stuff on eBay through responsible partners like gun dealers with a current FFL I think is the ticket.
This would provide a vehicle for those that collect, swap, sell, or trade, guns to do so in an environment that was transparent, in that if a gun was used in a crime, we would be able to track it to who owned it last. This would also provide a way for people to sell guns, and get top dollar, while keeping them out of the hands of loons. The gun dealer would be the go between securing a valid back ground check of the new owner, before releasing the weapon to them. The owner of the gun could keep it until they received a message that the new owner was cleared by the gun dealer at which time the gun dealer could secure payment for the gun and their services and get the gun shipped to them to give to the new owner. They would get some amount of money from the sale of the weapon from eBay, or other business entity for their efforts. For this program to work, these fees would have to be kept to a minimum.
The method of tracking could be done programmatically, and eBay or some similar capitalist, should be able to do this without government assistance, as this would be a huge money maker for them.
Theft is a problem and there is a solution.
Create a provision in the tax code for anyone who chooses to purchase gun safes, or gun locking paraphernalia, be able to deduct that expense from their taxes.
Opponents of this idea would feel that any transparency would allow government oversight that intrusion of their rights which might be infringed upon sometime down the road.
The 2cnd Amendment must be held sacrosanct, and the government should “defend the constitution” instead of looking for ways to do an end run around it! The Chicago way will not stand.
Selling this plan to the people will require that the government recognize and respect the 2cnd amendment, and stop fighting the people on this. The government is here to serve the people, and in this, there is no room for equivocation!
There are simply too many instances in history where the guns were taken away and the government went nuts. This will not happen in this country, ever!
This administration is responsible for increased gun sales, and ammunition sales, because of the consistent anti-gun, anti 2cnd amendment rhetoric.
While mental health is truly the target, there is a solution to keeping guns off the street and out of the hands of those who should not have them. Is it a perfect plan? No, criminals will still get guns.
Will it keep guns out of the hands of some who should not have them, yes.
The government must, as part of this “healthcare” plan provide more mental health awareness programs, and seriously look into these simulators of death called entertainment via violent video games. When young people play these extreme games for hours on end every day, it has to have an effect on their mind.
Each and every time someone goes postal, we need to learn all we can from them; and see if we can come up with a root cause analysis of the problem.
Were they on drugs, were they co-opted by some fringe group, etc.…
We must be smarter about this and calling for stricter gun laws each and every time is not the solution. Working with the NRA, instead of against them, would go much farther than butting heads.
If this makes sense to you, pass it around. If you have idea lets talk about it. There seems to be little way to get the attention of those that can effect change in a positive way. This is an out of the box approach to the problem, and it should be considered by those who are smarter than I am.
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