I own guns. I learned to shoot before I could read, and I could disassemble, clean, and reassemble my rifle before I learned to ride a bike. I think everyone should learn about gun safety, whether they choose to own one or not, as the biggest cause of accidental shooting is from people that don’t know what they are doing.
With that said, I fully support any bill that would create a procedure to prevent unstable people from buying or possessing guns. Not just convicted felons and those committed for mental problems; we need to catch them before they get committed. There should be a federally regulated list accessible by law enforcement, judges, medical personnel, mental healthcare professionals, and probably a few others whereby disturbed people can be put on a ‘no gun’ list similar to a temporary restraining order. As in a TRO the person would have a chance to dispute it before a judge but until he shows reason to be removed from the list, he can’t buy or possess a gun.“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 2nd Admendment, United States Constitution
And before you start quoting the second half of the 2nd amendment to me, I’ve included it here. The whole thing. If I concede that the people being spoken about are indeed the ‘militia’, then you’ll have to concede that they aren’t being very well regulated. I’m not looking to abolish the 2nd amendment, I’m saying it needs to be regulated, as the founding fathers wrote.
I’m not trying to control guns. I’m trying to control the disturbed people that want to buy guns. The California DMV has a form to report unsafe drivers so they can be reevaluated. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/ds/ds699.pdf If your neighbor has a dog that threatens to bite, you can call animal control. Why in the world do we have to wait for someone to actually shoot someone, or get convicted of a felony to keep guns away from them?