It Won't Solve All Our Problems But We Have To Start Somewhere
Published on June 17, 2018
While one violent incident of gun violence seems to always follow another, and we don't seem to be able to agree on any solution, it shouldn't be so difficult to get the gun control issue to a place where everyone can agree on something. First, we need to accept that gun control advocates on both sides of this debate do have valid points. Even if we totally disagree with the other side, we must be open to dialogue not yelling and raising our fists, but open to compromise. We ALL need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. We should start the buzz and spread the word. Let's have a constructive conversation.
No one can dispute that violence in American culture is way out of control, and we must do something to reverse this epidemic. And it's hard to argue with the Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights; protecting the right of people to bear arms. Furthermore, our Supreme Court has ruled the right belongs to individuals, while also ruling the right is not unlimited and does not prohibit all regulation of either firearms or similar devices. (The Second Amendment concept was actually based on the English Bill of Rights (established 100 years earlier) "supporting the natural rights of self-defense and resistance to oppression, and the civil duty to act in concert in defense of the state")
So where do we start? By finding common ground for both sides of this very important and passionate issue. We all want to keep guns from being used by people with ill intent. How about putting safety locks on all guns? Especially those in vulnerable positions and situations. Who is going to argue about gun safety locks? Anyone with any background against this proposal would easily make themselves look foolish, irresponsible and most of all, lose credibility with everyone including themselves. Is it possible to put gun safety locks on every gun in existence? Highly unlikely. Will it stop all the gun violence? No, but it's a really good place to start! For everyone's convenience, let's call Gun Safety Locks - GSLs.
Here's the no brainer, slam dunk Federal Law: (We'll call it the GSL Law)
Every firearm purchased (or change of ownership) within the United States (new and used) must include an INDEPENDENT (not part of original fire arm device) SAFETY LOCK (by key or combination). This INDEPENDENT SAFETY LOCK must be secured in the firearm before leaving the point of purchase (and/or change of possession). Before change of ownership, the seller of firearm is required by law to properly train purchaser of firearm by demonstration of how to properly use INDEPENDENT SAFETY LOCK. Furthermore, all firearms in residences with minors and/or individuals with documented mental conditions must be secured with an INDEPENDENT SAFETY LOCK. (We can leave the punishment part for our lawmakers to work out)
Because of recent events, here's a hypothetical situation we can all relate to: If an individual desires to do the unthinkable with a firearm, they will look for a firearm with the easiest accessibility. In far too many cases, firearms are acquired by theft from lawful owners. If these easy accessible firearms were locked, the individual in question would likely have to resort to other means to obtain a firearm. This scenario could lead to more red flags as the individual would be forced to purchase a firearm or approach a friend or acquaintance in order to obtain one. This would certainly make it more difficult for the misguided individual to obtain a firearm. And if this law "only" saves one life – it's more than worth it! And with our current issues in our school systems, it sure looks like this GSL law will save a whole lot more!
Even the National Rifle Association (NRA) will love this (but I'm sure they won't tell anybody) because it raises the price of guns and their gun dealers' profit margins.
Solving our nation's violence problem won't be resolved by changing one gun law. Only education and dialogue will get us there. The discussion of the safely lock law is a great way to have everyone on both sides of the political aisle look good. And Lord knows, our politicians really need something to help their approval ratings. In today's political environment who will argue with this proposed GSL law? A gun law that makes everyone look good? Imagine that. But it won't happen if we don't start the buzz.