I couldn’t help but think of this song over the weekend.
But from the March to Save Our Lives events that took place All over the USA, and elsewhere around the world, this weekend I’d say they don’t need saving. In fact it may be the Youth who are saving the rest of us.
We have spoken about gun control before in this forum but I am interested to know if opinions are changing.
In different parts of the world opinions vary greatly so while I welcome opinions from all here it’s probably a good idea to let us know where your from unless you post frequently enough here that we all know already.
I’m fairly confident that you know that @sil and myself are both British and I grew up not far from where Stuart now lives though I now live in an Essex seaside town. I believe @joe was born in Malta but now lives in the UK. @jonobacon was born in the UK but now lives the USA and we all know that both @jeremy and our old friend @bryanlunduke are from the USA. I won’t go on further but that at least gives you the background for the moderators, current and former presenters.
I know the right to bear is enshrined in article II of the constitution but I don’t think it should be, Many people in the UK would like to see guns banned altogether and I’m sure a good number of those on the marches this weekend but by no means all and I know a few gun owners who went along in support of gun control.
Gun ownership should be a privilege, not a right
Potential gun owners should have background checks to ensure they have no relevant criminal or violent history.
They should be licensed and this licence should depend on regular mental evaluations to ensure there are no relevant metal health issues.
All guns should be registered so we not only know who owns guns but exactly which weapons they own including serial numbers. I know people are going to say that criminals will not register their weapons so what’s the point: We should set a very high penalty, years in jail, for owning an unregistered gun and the authorities have the right to search where they have any reasonable suspicion.
The ownership of a gun must be consistent with its intended use and where sensible, precautions taken to disable its use. This would ban completely assault weapons and weapons with large ammunition magazines. If your interest is in say target shooting then you may be required to keep your weapon in a locked box with two locks: your shooting range has the key to one lock, you have the other. If however the purpose of your intension is hunting then clearly you need access to the gun and ammo but it is not unreasonable to insist the weapon and ammo are stored in a locked box or case when not being used.