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I know the DMV is not a shining example of government, but does anyone have a problem with issuing a gun license like you would a driver's license? Prove you know how to use it safely, store it securely, and aren't a nutjob, all through a strict test at a government facility?
What would the age restrictions be? When can you get your "learners permit," so to speak?
That would work. But you would have to let actual firearms experts have control over the safety and competent usage portions of the regulation. Part of the problem with current firearms laws is that most of them are written by folks who have no idea what the heck they are talking about, leading to either nonsensical restrictions or unrealistic expectations.
Kidding aside, the most legitimate reasons for a private citizen to own a gun in this day and age are hunting and target shooting at a gun range. Self-defense could also be legitimate, but it requires a much, much higher standard to be acceptable -- i.e., mandatory training and/or registration combined with background checks. That's not to say that hunting and target shooting shouldn't also require these, but it's one thing when you own a gun to shoot deer or shoot clay pigeons. It's another thing if you own one for the purpose of shooting other people who are threatening you. Part of the training should be recognition of a legitimate threat that justifies the use of lethal force. Another part of the training is when not to use your weapon in self-defense because the odds are far more likely you'll hit innocent bystanders instead of the actual person threatening you.
Although I agree with your general point, I'd add that hunting is still rather a different class of activity than target shooting and would also warrant higher (albeit different) requirements, given the various environmental impacts and the fact that it involves hurting living things. For example, courses on which animals to shoot and how best to do it would be in order.
Our last several amendments have been lame. What ever happened to the concept of a "living document?"
Given how vicious deer are, I wouldn't go hunting for any without one of these
So you consider the 26th amendment (lower the voting age to be 18) to be lame? What about the 24th (banning of poll taxes)? Or the 23rd (allows Washington, DC residents to vote for the President)?
I'd be fine with scrapping the 2nd amendment and just regulating guns like we do cars. While we're at it, let's add sexual orientation and gender equality protections, slip some campaign finance reform in, and muzzle the filibuster in the Senate.Our last several amendments have been lame. What ever happened to the concept of a "living document?"
Given how vicious deer are, I wouldn't go hunting for any without one of these It is completely legal to own a Minigun in the US, interestingly enough.
@trogdor: compared to the First Amendment, everything is lame, even the cool ones like the 5th and the 3d.
Given how vicious deer are, I wouldn't go hunting for any without one of these It is completely legal to own a Minigun in the US, interestingly enough.Well, Gatling guns are fine but good luck trying to afford a real minigun though. There can't be many civilian transferable ones out there, and there's a fuckload of paperwork if you can find one.
If anything, people who are driven by media (if they do exist) to undertake actions like this are the danger, not the media itself. [...]People who react to mad memes in a dangerous fashion in the real world are the problem: not the memes themselves. We need to evolve to where general society is immune to these memes [...]As for the memes themselves, they're so prevalent solely because they're popular. People choose to spread them. [...]If you can't ignore them, then you're a weak version of the people who act violently when exposed to certain memes.
Yes, let's get more serious about mental illness. I wonder if we'll be looking back on the deinstitutionalization of 1970s with regret. Yes, psychiatric hospitals at the time were pretty horrid places, but rather than reform them, we closed almost all of them, reducing the national patient population by 95%. Now even if we provided them the best health care in the world, it's much harder to make sure that crazy people are receiving it. Instead of being in a straight jacket in a padded room, they're out on the street. Wonderful!
Also on NPR yesterday was a supporter of concealed carry who stated (was not able to fact check) that almost every mass shooting in the last 50 years (US) has occurred in a "gun free zone". He even noted that Colorado theater was the only one in the area that had a no gun sign on the door.