To The Daily: A man dressed in black and heavily armed entered a movie theater, killed and wounded many people. He booby-trapped his apartment using advanced technology, spending over $10,000. No one noticed his activities. Now, everyone is shocked, asking, “How could this happen and who is to blame?”
I blame the American people and politicians, because neither will assume responsibility to protect themselves or others from misuse of firearms. Most people insist on their Second Amendment right to bear and own guns. But rights come with duties and responsibilities, and yes, why not own a weapon for protection, collection or hunting?
The current process of purchasing a weapon is too easy and needs of be changed. It is easier to buy a gun and ammunition than Sudafed with pseudoephedrine. I can only buy one package at any given time, and must show my ID. Otherwise, forget buying any medicine. But gun control is always a political issue and it’s hard to get votes when a politician takes a stand to tighten requirements or questions the Second Amendment.
I believe some kind of registry for gun control is needed to record and monitor every gun owner, the kind and count of weapons and the amount of ammunition purchased.
I also believe limitations on how much ammunition can be bought are necessary to avoid tragedies. Military-style weapons should never be available to everyone. To determine which customers are psychologically stable enough to buy firearms is too complicated, unless there is proven evidence of a condition.
I wonder how many shootings it will take until politicians, and consequently, the Americans who elect them, realize only strict rules and monitoring of gun purchases could prevent individuals from killing innocent people.
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