|Why do these men need to carry their weapons in public? They don't.|
Thursday, October 6, 2016
A SENSIABLE STEP TO CONTROL GUN VIOLENCE.
Maine has always been a wilderness state, and back in the 1960’s most Maine men owned guns: deer rifles and shotguns for hunting.
There was no killings epidemic going on back in those earlier days. There were no military assault weapons, the country was not flooded with handguns and there was no open or concealed carry for the average person. Occasionally a man might be shot by his brother-in-law while out deer hunting, and later you find out he beat his wife - and there would be suspicions. That was pretty much it for gun violence.
It is not just about the availability of guns. Today there is also a kill mentality, a kill mania that goes along with the purchase of military style assault weapon and hand gun.
Most of the people that buy guns today are not hunters; they are buying a gun with the specific intent to be able to kill other human beings. Many of these people live in a mindset where they fantasize a situation where they could use their weapon on another person, believing it would make them appear macho.
So how could we control this gun mania without confiscating guns?
Back in the sixties, in most New England states, you could not transport a gun unless you had a valid hunting license and there was an open hunting season. If you wished to transport a pistol or rifle to a firing range, you had to drop by the police station and pick up a transport chit for that specific activity. There was no open carry and you could not get a concealed carry license without a specific need. You did not have to register you guns and you could have as many as you wanted in your home; you just could not carry or transport them in public without a reason.
An assault weapon band sounds logical, but there are already too many assault weapons in circulation; and gun confiscation is not an option. What we need is a federal law limiting the carry and transportation of firearms. It would not be popular but it would solve the problem.
Kids dying in elementary school is a step too far. We need serious federal gun control on the transportation and carry of firearms.