I am not shy about letting people know that I am a responsible gun owner who believes in strong gun safety laws.
I also believe the 2nd Amendment is a inetgral part of our constitution. The 2nd Amendment provides the right for, “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
In 1791 when James Madison wrote the 2nd Amendment, our nation was at a constant threat from many foreign powers such as France, Britain, and Spain. So, it was necessary for common people to be able to organize in militias to protect our nation.
Today, it is a very different story. Today, Americans own 300 million guns. That has doubled in the last forty years.
The first recognized mass shooting didn’t happen in the United States until 1949...
...when a severely mentally ill man shot and killed thirteen people. The UT Austin Tower mass shooting didn’t happen for another seventeen years. After that, the next mass shooting was in 1988. Sadly, there were fifty people killed in those mass shooting.
However, since 1988 there have been thirty-one mass shootings that have taken more than 1,000 lives, everyone from babies to seniors.
That’s more than sad, that a national tragedy and public safety emergency.
What’s changed after 1988? That’s simple. The NRA began a concerted push to protect gun manufacturers and organize extreme gun owners. And they’ve give nearly a billion dollars to politicians including $300 million to President Trump in 2016.
The common denominator here is THE EASY access to guns by people who have no business owning a gun.
In each case of mass shootings, the perpetrators simply had no business having access to a gun. There are so many guns on the streets that the process of ensuring only responsible individuals owning guns could only happen through a set of Responsible Federal Gun Safety Laws.
COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LAWS
- Raising the national age for buying a gun or rifle to 21 years of age.
- Repeal the Dickey Amendment and allow the Center for Disease Control to begin to collect data on gun violence and treat it as a national health crisis.
- Mandate gun insurance for all gun owners, just like we do for people who drive a car. To obtain the insurance, one must prove ownership of a gun lockers and guns safety locks.
- Mandate gun safety classes for gun owners. These would include a gun safety test and a shooting range test, such as the ones required for all Concealed Carry Weapons holders in California.
- Make passing a behavioral health evaluation a stipulation for gun insurance and permit renewal.
- Mandatory background checks and waiting periods for everyone buying a gun. This would include monetary fines for the first two strikes and the permanent termination of their ability to sell firearms upon the third strike.
I have been criticized by some of my fellow gun owners for wanting these Gun Safety Laws.
They mostly say, “What a pain in the rear that would be!” I tell them, “That’s the point. Responsible gun owners would understand the safety rules and live by them. And people who want their guns for any other reason than keeping their family safe or hunting would lose their right to simply just have fun. Just like drunk drivers lose their rights to drive a vehicle.” The truth is, most gun owners that I know have already exemplified all of the responsible gun owner traits: owning gun safes, continually taking gun safety courses, having gun owner insurance, training the entire family on gun safety rules, and always respecting that gun is dangerous.
It is absolutely ridiculous to have less stringent rules on purchasing guns and ammunition than monitoring over the counter drugs.
That’s correct. Try purchasing 50 bottles of cough syrup at your local store and you’ll most likely get rejected, especially if you are under 18. But, in many states, you can buy thousands of bullets without a ever getting questioned. Where is the logic in that? We need to take seriously the dangers of gun ownership and ensure that our communities are as safe as possible when it comes to gun violence.