I know very little about firearms. I've never owned one. I did not grow up in a family of hunters or gun owners. I've never even fired a gun. Not once. So, no. I don't suppose I know what it feels like to own such a weapon.
In light of recent events - such as our President and Vice President determining that we, as a nation, need to take a hard look at gun control issues - I've delved into the subject a little.
I discovered one thing that surprised me greatly: Most states do not require that a gun be registered. For whatever reason I figured that this was done everywhere in the US. Not so, it appears! I guess that I thought that there would be some way of tracking where a gun came from if it was used in a crime but surprisingly no! This is not the case in most states. I guess the guns can be tracked to the dealer by serial number but that would be the end of the line, if I'm not mistaken. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
So, alright. What if - and I'm just throwing this out there - the federal government required all guns to be registered. What if we then decide that a gun owner should be held responsible for anything that is done with the weapon(s) registered to him or her?
Private sales would be permitted but only with a proper background check done on the buyer before he or she takes possession and the registration would transfer to the new owner.
I would think this would be a win-win situation. If a person wanted to own a gun, he or she would have to have a background check done. There should be no exception to this. When they purchase the weapon, the serial number would be registered with the federal government and the gun owner would be responsible for making sure that his or her gun did not fall into the hands of a child or anyone else who should not be using it. It would have to be properly secured/locked up to prevent accidents from happening. If you aren't willing to go through measures to prevent your weapon from falling into the wrong hands, then you shouldn't be a gun owner in the first place, in my opinion. (especially if you have children in your house!)
If by some chance your gun is stolen, you would be required to report it to the authorities immediately and there would be a severe penalty if you are found to be in possession of an unregistered or stolen weapon.
This seems to me a reasonable way to go about things. Now, no. I'm not a gun owner and frankly I don't agree with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 2nd amendment but I accept it as law because that is the way it works here in the United States. Your opinion may differ and that's fine. You're entitled to your own opinion as I am entitled to mine.
Now, then. What, if any, objections would there be of such a plan? I mean... our motor vehicles are required to be registered, why not our weapons? Let's overlook the possible cost of such measures for now and problems with implementation and look at the core idea, itself. (because, yes. I'm sure it would be expensive to implement and complicated to do so)
What problem is there with requiring gun registration in the United States? Would measures like these make a difference? What do you think?
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