Just reported this weekend, 21 Oct. 2012 was the mass shooting in a Wisconsin Mall by a man identified as 45 year old Radcliffe Haughton. The grist of the story is that there had been a restraining order from an earlier family abuse situation. The suspect died later from self inflicted wounds.The FBI noted that 6 months earlier there had been a shooting at theSikh Temple.And elsewhere there has been the Batman Movie premier Colorado shooting. And Gabby Gilford , and MANY MANY More.
And there is the constitutional argument about the right to bear arms. And freedom .And self protection . But what about responsibility and public safety ?
I am a Canadian and a registered gun owner. My Dad was a hunter and a railway worker. When hunting season came it meant a deer and our food costs were less .I got a new pair of jeans . This would be in the 1960s. And there was law and order and much less public shootings than there are today. My Dad was a good Dad, but very strict .My older brothers were hunters, much better than I ever was. I was allowed to have a rifle (22 calibre ) when I was 14 . It was understood that I would be responsible and not harm any one or any thing , or there would be hell to pay . Personal responsibility was expected. Times have changed much in our society since then.
I have kept my FAC (firearms acquistion certificate ) up not so much as any hunting I do ( I haven't fired a gun in years , and the few guns I have are all disassembled and locked up ) but more for the love and memory of my father.And it is my right to do so. However, I would never want to harm anyone. Self defense is such an over rated argument.A baseball bat is often the best choice . The possibility of a tragic mistake is so huge, let me say that life is not as simple as in the movies. Once a bullet is fired, you can not recall it ,or reset time . It is best never to fire a bullet unless you are absolutely certain of your target and that you meant to shoot it . The consequences are deadly and tragic. Walking away from stupidity is often the best choice.
But what about protecting your family ? From crazed druggies or worse ? That is an argument presented. WE need a new GUN CONTROL !
The argument is that cars kill more people than guns . Perhaps , this is true. And you need a liscence and insurance to operate a car. And you need a liscence to own a gun etc , but no insurance yet. How about requiring GUN OWNER INSURANCE? Just like a car .If you can't afford car insurance then you don't drive . Or the police stop you and remove you from the highway.
So you need a gun for protection, then you do all the necessary liscencing , AND you get insurance . No insurance NO gun !The police then can stop people like they stop car drivers and ask if they have insurance . All perfectly legal and proper . And then you end up owning just one gun which suits your protection needs .You don't own assault rifles unless you can afford the insurance . Example, most people don't own Ferraris not just because of the sticker price, but because the insurance is so terrible .
And gangs and criminals may still get guns , but they will be going to jail for illegal procession and no insurance . And you will still have the right to have protection .
And the insurance can cover the mayhem we have seen in the past year. Hospital costs.Restitution . Rehabilatation .Police and ambulance costs to the community .Etc etc.
So, we stop the bickering about the right to bear arms, to the argument of personal responsibility. A hunter or trapper will have almost no insurance costs. A person who wants to collect assault rifles will be like a Ferrari owner, huge insurance costs.
So , people , we have a potential means to limit deadly weapons in our society, and not damage the constitution or personal freedom . Gun insurance becomes mandatory. If you don't own a car, you don't pay for insurance. If you need a car you get what you need and can afford. Same with fire arms protection . And I bet you will see the seizure of fire arms without insuance remove a great many of the weapons from the streets. Fewer guns in the hands of irresponsible people, means less tragdies.
Just a suggestion.