Owners should also be expected to keep track of their weapons. This means no private, unrecorded sales. You sell a gun to someone without arranging a background check or registering the sale so you are no longer listed as responsible for the weapon, you get slapped with a hefty fine and lose your other weapons. If that untracked sale leads to the gun being used in the commission of a crime, you’re held criminally responsible for enabling the weapon to be used in the crime. And the theft of weapons needs to be reported immediately upon discovery.
If a person discovers their gun is stolen because they haven’t checked on it for a period of months, they shouldn’t be allowed to own any weapons, since they’ve demonstrated that they aren’t capable of sparing a few moments a day to check and make sure the weapon is safe and secure. Ownership of automatic weapons should be allowed, but home storage forbidden. Keep them at a gun range with federally approved security for storing your weapon. People buy automatic weapons because they’re fun to shoot, not to defend their homes. This will help keep the streets safer, since it’ll be a bit difficult to remove the weapons from the range without arranging such.
No more irate postal workers shooting up their coworkers with full auto weapons. And if the place gets broken into, the cops will no exactly how to respond to the crime scene. So why don’t you run for office on the “common sense” platform? Put your money where your mouth is, instead of being like Rush Limbaugh? Afraid to take a cut in pay or to defend your ideas against zealots? (you know, those people who’ll make you a believer in gun control…) Because I can’t afford to run for office.
I’d have to be making quite a bit more money than I am now to be able to just afford local elections for the county government around here. Then you need to establish a record with one of the parties (to which I desire have no association), and then struggle your way through the ranks until you reach a position where you actually have some real influence. If I started now, I’d reach that point just about the time I was ready to retire. Hell, taking Charlton Heston’s place as leader of the NRA might be easier.