posted on Apr, 12 2009 @ 09:49 PM
reply to post by mandroid
I know that is not a popular view but I guess I would feel more comfortable with some sort of way to keep track of where things are. Maybe the
licensing process where you get tested for at least a minimum aptitude of proficiency and safety in the use of a gun like we go through to be able to
drive a car would cover the bases.
I see what you're saying about registration, but you must realize that this is a very dangerous middle ground you are thinking of.
Registration in the sense of knowing who, what, and where the weapons are seems innocent enough on the cover, but in the pages is where the danger of
confiscation lies. It has been proven to be the case over and over whenever and wherever the citizens are disarmed by goverment mandate or force.
I agree with your idea of a licensing similar to driving, wherein the permit to own especially a handgun is granted after passing a written test
demonstrating that one has a good grasp on proper saftey and how to treat a firearm with the respect it deserves. Then being accompanied to the range
and by an instructor and proving the test by actually fireing the weapon and handling it propery with live rounds.
This would seem to make more sense than our current system which licenses you by looking primarily at past criminal offences in an attempt to predict
what you might or might not do in the future. Believe me (hypothetically) if I ever go off the deep end and decide to go postal, it will make no
difference if I have a legal permit or not.
Proper gun saftey and education is essential, and if it were taught in primary school we would not have near the gun related violence and accidents in
the younger population.
Also on the post.
Any guns being funneled through America into Mexico are not getting their by some group buying 1000 deer rifles and trucking them to the cartels. In
fact the only groups that can buy fully automatic assault rifles anymore are law enforcement. Mabey all the department chiefs should be under
investigation as possible smugglers.
What a farce... Fortunately it doesn't seem to be headed anywhere.
This administration surely feels the currents of the country right now, everything is on backorder even ammunition is scarce, the manufaturers just
can't keep up. Public sentiment is firmly in support of gun rights, any new legislation will be quickly "shot down" even the democrats have stood
in opposition to any new restrictions. openly declaring in a preemtive warning that they will not support new legislation.
This may be simply pandering to the masses in echoing public opinion but it means 2A is safe, for now at least.