Letter: Eight plans to diminish the carnage
So if we are to have gun control, how will we do it? What sacrifices need to be made, and will this be an imperfect solution that will nonetheless deter and diminish the carnage? What is wrong with any or all of the following:
1. Ban assault weapons for sale, possession, trade, etc.
2. Ban multiple-discharge clips.
3. Have a buy-back program for assault weapons and multiple-discharge clips.
4. Make possession of assault weapons and multiple-discharge clips a crime.
5. Require background checks, hunter safety courses, and gun safety courses for all owners of all weapons, no matter how defined.
6. Require that guns be kept under lock and key when not in use.
7. Ban concealed weapons. Period. There will be no exceptions. Wouldn’t you rather know who is packing so you can walk away than unexpectedly be confronted by your legislator, or a stranger who is armed?
8. Make a well-reasoned and thoughtful exception to patient confidentiality, and require mental health professionals to report to law enforcement authorities individuals who they have reasonable suspicion to believe are or will be violent, and who have access to weapons.
Shouldn’t we realize that the articulation that “we’re defenseless, come kill us” is about as paranoid as it gets? After all, what are our tax dollars for regarding police protection?
Shouldn’t we eliminate the bad guy versus good guy discussion, and instead focus our attention on the future as dictated by the past?
Finally, in terms of protection of one’s home, is it not wiser to own a large (think German shepherd or Rottweiler) or small (think Jack Russell terrier) dog that would deter more and be forever vigilant, without reducing the homeowner to abhorrent behavior?
ROBERT A. STEIN