The following is a comment I made on YELLOWDOG GRANNY’s post.
It is not about mass shooters, it is not about cop killing black people, it is not about dangerous militia; It is about guns: the availability of guns, the gun slinger attitude, the acceptance of a gun culture. Yes, there are social, racist, anarchist, police militarization and mental illness factions that need to be addressed. But it is the guns. Guns are killing people.
I have lost count of the shootings this week. Gun violence is now the normal.
I am not against gun ownership; but I am against guns being owned for the purpose of killing people.
The answers are simple; but when half of the United States still believe that Donald Trump is the President in exile, there is no hope of common sense ever bringing about changes.
We don’t need to restrict guns; we need to address the need for them. The only reason to own a gun in the United states is for hunting and home protection. With that in mind, rifle and shotgun ownership should require a hunting license. Pistol ownership should require a gun permit and background check.
Hunting rifles should be bolt-action and a maximum capacity of five rounds. If you can’t take you prey with five shots you shouldn’t be out in the woods armed. Shotguns should be single shot, double barreled, or pump with a three-shot capacity. Handguns should be limited to a six-round capacity.
Military type assault weapons designed specifically to kill humans should be banned.
Police training, armament and use of force are a total other subject that should be addressed separately.
This, of course, is pie-in-the-sky. No common-sense gun regulation will ever be accomplished in the United States in the 21st century. We are a gun violent society.
How many hours before the next gun death, or should the question be in minutes?