reply to post by cavtrooper7
Wow, well, firstly hey to you too
Secondly, it looks to me as though there are fairly stringent rules in place (and a prohibitive cost element) already to attempt to reduce
irresponsible ownership of highly dangerous weapons. I think perhaps a lot of people (especially those outside the US, though probably many in it)
myself included, have very little knowledge of the types of restrictions on the purchase of high powered weapons. I think we're, many of us, under the
impression you can just stroll into Asda (Walmart?) and buy a GPMG with your Doritos... That would seem not to be the case... I think perhaps
educating people on the actual laws and safeguards might be a half-decent idea..
In terms of education relating to proper handling of weapons... That's a tough one... Part of me wants to say, as guns are so ubiquitous and an
integral part of American culture, there should be some compulsory education in this regard, perhaps through a kind of citizenship/PSE (stands for
personal, social education which is part of the curriculum here in the uk) class at school. I don't know how well that would go down but, currently,
in uk PSE classes, they have sex education, drugs awareness education etc so, I can't see how running a couple of classes on what to do if you come
across guns would hurt... Can't see that being too popular though...
Maybe there could be a requirement that, to own a gun you must demonstrate that you've educated both yourself and those in your household about the
safe use and handling of firearms? Maybe even something akin to the Annual Personal Weapons Test that soldiers must undergo evwry year in lrder to
demonstrate safe handling amd weapons competency... You could make it every two or three years maybe even five or something, throw in a little safe
storage for good measure? I don't know how practical that would be and I can't see it been too popular either...
What about the govt. running an aggressive ad campaign (aggressive as in visible and proactive, not in tone) about the safe use of guns: billboards,
tv advertisement, radio ads.... Raising awareness as a whole regarding safe weapons handling.... The uk does stuff like this all the time, recently
we've had a big campaign regarding healthy eating and getting more exercise, mainly targeting families and kids... Also we've had them regarding
smoking cessation, domestic abuse, fire safety etc... They're not lecturing or fingerpointing, just trying to give people the info required to make an
I dunno... What are your thoughts?
Whilst the stats for gun violence in the US are high, and broadcast far and wide (especially at time's like this) they never actually say what
percentage of these crimes are committed using legally obtained firearms... So, I think it's hard to make an assessment about what action would be
helpful and what areas to target when we aren't given all the facts..
In regards to the mass shootings though, I can't see how stricter gun laws would help that... There's much bigger, underlying problems at the heart of
it and, they are complicated and very hard to address. I understand that it's much easier to target guns and gun laws, you don't have to think too
hard or look too closely at yourselves and you get to feel like you're 'doing something about it'... Still, it won't stop the shootings... The guns
In these crimes are already out there, theyre not going away so, I think it calls for a more intelligent solution than BAN ALL THE GUNS!
Sorry for the essay...
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