In this complex issue, all methods that might reduce the abuse of firearms needs to be on the table. My husband and I are amazed that we hear no inclusion of the concept of gun locks in the conversations that are going on. Surely modern technology can be applied proactively and retroactively to secure guns in a manner that they can still be used for their recreational purposes while being protected from misuse. These days we have fingerprint recognition, retinal recognition and surely other methods that would reserve the ability to use the gun to the person who registered the weapon. The gun owner could be assured that the responsibility for keeping the weapon unusable by thieves, children and unqualified family members could actually be assured.
Why is this concept not being put on the table? There are millions of guns out there that could be made secure while preseerving the (abused notion of) Second Amendment rights. It is also a stimulant to a secondary industry rather than being an economic threat to the gun industry and a huge enforcement cost.
While I am mentioning that… When our Bill of Rights was being put together, having a gun was a life-or-death necessity for our pioneer forefathers. Beyond providing food for their tables and defense from frontier threats, if they were called up to defend our fledgling freedoms, they were required to provide their own gun if they wanted to be able to have one in a fight. The government wasn't providing them!
The survivalist notion that we are going to need weapons to defend ourselves from outer space invaders, the other last people on earth who want all we have, our own government… needs to be called out as far-fetched fantasy.
Keep up your good work, Ms. Harris-Perry. It is a pleasure to hear voices like yours speaking out.
Jan 30 2013 - 2:43pm