Hein (fub) wrote,
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The cure for shooting sprees?

There will be no law made in the US to curb gun possession -- that genie is out of the bottle, and nobody can get it back in. Americans love their guns, and the "legend of the gunslinger" is so strong that anything that goes against that will be summarily rejected. But it is exactly that 'legend' that gives rise to these shooting sprees. For some reason, the US, as a country, does not succeed in keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally instable.

Here's a great proposal to change gun culture: make the NRA's rules for responsible gun ownership into law. Surely they can't object to this -- and surely responsible gun owners won't get hit with these laws because they follow these rules all the time already, right? Following those rules would not have prevented all the shootings, but it would have made it possible to go after some people who facilitated them. Giving a gun to your mentally unstable son, who then proceeds to shoot up his school? Under current law, you go free. Under the NRA laws, you're complicit...
Those laws might change gun culture, and that may make shooting sprees less common.

It makes an awful lot of sense. I think it would be a great idea. And that's probably why it won't happen.
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