I agree that the strong arguments deriding the usefulness of background checks furthers the argument of requiring licenses for owning and/or operating firearms. But, skipping past discussion of the mess of federal, state and local confusion over what kinds and levels of restrictions legally or practically can or ought be made on the Second Amendment, and sliding around how licensing ownership requires widespread inspection of housing and other properties to actually effect a decrease in criminal or looney use of firearms, I think that firearms owners and possessors should be required to have gunsafes and be required to participate in serious training in possession and handling of weapons.
I believe that investment in maintaining and handling any weapons has been and is being frequently blown off. Law enforcement agencies have better training, but still often neglect to start or maintain what would get their people home safely, and a majority of gun-possessors, whether upright citizens or various criminals blow-off training. What and how such safekeeping and skill practice is to be encouraged or enforced is discussable.
I also think that those who are uninterested in owning firearms, and those who oppose general or even particular civilian ownership of such, should help pay for safekeeping and training. Why? Because the vast majority of those people are as guilty as many gun-possessors of choosing to spend much of life in mutual-reassurance instead of building safe and healthy neighborhoods and communities.
The Tucson Weekly has published several repeat stories on one neighborhood where a kid was shot, where many people must know exactly who did it, but nobody was coming forward. For large-scale, see how a Chicago woman has started a campaign to get people to snitch on the murderers. Chicago, and all the other large cities, have plenty of violence and plenty of "social activists". Much good progress has been done, but really, people there on many opposite sides have been comfortable with symbolic actions, often done by somebody else, and relayed to make comfy-womfy feelings that substitute for getting off rear-ends in mass numbers.
One specific example of how to help is for people to organize more (far more) voluntary respite care for parents. Larger organizations could more easily back people up, there might be classes held, with regular practice and discussion of how to parent, and widespread presence and practice would be more useful to problematic homes, such as in Newtown. Yes, I am accusing the majority of the population, whether they label themselves progressive or conservative, of abeting mass killing.
Thank you for your time, Aaron F Johnson.
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