I was debating on whether or not to actually post this but screw it I have to speak my mind on it. I will be posting MyTakes in the future on WHY most gun control fails. People often say "we forget" shortly after a mass shooting, ESPECIALLY gun owners. Ironically enough I conceal carry and I remember all of the big headliners. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Elliot Rodger, Dillian Ruth, there's honestly too many to list. I dont think ARs and AKs should be banned altogether BUT I do think you need a different grade drivers license and a grade 2 gun license with a federal and state locale qualification to obtain, as well as finger printing, AND you need to allow Law Enforcement to come physically see the gun safe you will be storing it in, finger printing, a mental health screening (with lawyers present) as well as a waiting period of 6 months. Yes I said 6 months.
In the meantime if you need a gun for protection a handgun is already your best bet for personal defense. If you are worried about bears you can obtain a 10mm carbine or shotgun loaded with slugs. 10 rounds is often not enough and at the same time 30 rounds are often too many. I propose a compromise. No one can obtain magazines exceeding 15 rounds. This allows citizens the ability to lawfully buy and possess handguns with normal/standard capacity magazines. To get larger magazines one must obtain a separate license with a one time fee of $1,000 on a 10 year basis, which can go to funding socialized healthcare facilities that care for and the crime prevention of the mentally ill. And NO we should not grandfather in any magazines over 15 rounds.
If someone wants those larger magazines or an AR they need to allow the police to come in ONE TIME unannounced in that 6 month waiting period to check high and low for magazines and AR and AK platform rifles. I used to be firmly left and firmly right at different points in my life. What we need is to preserve freedom AND provide for our people. Socialized healthcare now, it's a must! It's a duty to stop things like this! PERIOD! I AM an avid supporter of the second Amendment! I own 26 firearms myself but I keep all but my carry piece and bedstand piece under lock and key at all times. I also have no children, but if I did I would keep those locked away too.
ALL GUN SALES MUST BE DONE THROUGH A FFL, NO EXCEPTIONS! No private sales without records. Idgaf what you think about this, it's ALWAYS sat wrong with me. It's very easy for a guy who wants to make a quick buck to get rid of guns ASAP to ANYONE who will buy them, or the accessories. NO! Those serial numbers transfer under a federalized system, period. We can't let nuts get their hands on something they will NEVER respect. You can sell to someone and have no idea who they are. Hell they might just shoot you dead and take your gun if you aren't careful. But they could take it, turn around, and rob a store with it or commit far worse crimes. NO MORE PRIVATE SALES!
Training MUST become a priority for ALL gun owners. It's time to give the testing and qualification course universally in this country. HOW do we do it? We set up a training course and a written exam that you MUST pass to obtain your first firearm. You will NOT have to pay for this course like in the past. It's unfair people have to PAY for a right. This should be covered by tax payer money. No ands, ifs, or buts. The reason for this is so the poor and middle class can still have their fighting chance in the rougher neighborhoods and not be victims like back in my old neighborhood. Every social class deserves the ability to defend themselves, period.
Go ahead and trash me if you must. There is no perfect fix! Here are the shortcomings of this and ANY proposals:
1) Criminals will still ignore it
2) It won't be easy to enforce
3) mag limits dont work, FACT. But I'll throw a bone to make people FEEL safer
4) The very uber conservatives and libertarians will see me as a "fudd" or someone who doesn't stand up for gun rights and or advocates for more gov control. But face it, too many goddamn people today are stupid with everything from their cell phones, cars, alcohol, drugs, and yes, guns. I've defended the 2nd Amendment at virtually every turn in my whole adult life starting back to when I was 19! I attended rallies, donated money, helped educate people, trained new shooters, Don't say I don't care about 2A....
All schools should be outfitted with all bulletproof windows, 4-6 armed and HIGHLY trained Security forces on par with professional merc groups that help fight private wars. They should be outfitted with grade 4 body armor, radio communication, cameras, tear gas launchers, a side issued FN Five-Seven and FN P90 to pierce armor but cause less collateral damage to targets beyond the person they're engaging, a 12 gauge Mossberg 590A1 shotgun, armored Jeeps, and be proficient in close quarters fighting engagements like the Israeli security forces. You think it's "too expensive"? It's a shot in the bucket to what we spend overseas each year and every pointless war we've been in since Nam!
This has to be a group effort! Both sides need to come to the table and agree and make peace and shake hands! Most of you will hate my proposals BUT like it or not they are realistic and a compromise for both sides to live with each other in harmony over the issues of the second amendment! Those that think we need to ban all guns, there's no conversation to be had. I'll stand with the other side before I see ALL guns removed. Keep our children safe and let freedom ring!