We had quite the lengthy debate on Gun Control in the office today (I know, I know, we should have been working) and we drew everyone in and had quite the interesting conversation. I've gotten some emails about the topic, too.
I think the problem with my position, at least here and publicly, is that it seems as though I'm all about outlawing every gun or something. I don't think that. Granted, I think that if I had a world of my own, not only would cats and rabbits wear shoes and pants and trousers, we wouldn't have any guns. I'm idealistic enough to think that a world without guns would be a wonderful utopia, but I'm realistic enough to know that we have guns and we'll always have guns.
I don't specifically have a problem with responsible people owning guns.
But I don't think that we should be able to go to the corner drugstore (or gun show) and just buy one willy-nilly, or even with just a waiting period.
Too many crazies have guns and we all know it. We see it on the news every night. And when I say gun control, I mean that we need to come up with a system to license gun owners. In order to get a license a few things should happen. The first is a psychological evaluation. The second is a gun safety and training class. The third is an actual identifying license. The fourth is a month long waiting period. After that month, each gun would come with a trigger-lock and you'd be forced to prove ownership of a gun-safe.
This would ensure that guns are in the hands of people who are sane, responsible and law-abiding citizens. We should also be able to strip people of their right to bear arms.
So, that's where I stand. If you feel you need a gun in the house for protection, more power to you, but with that power comes great responsibility.
My point is this, essentially, it should be harder to own a gun than to drive a car.
So, hopefully, that lays it out for everyone....