We have over 400 million guns for 320 million inhabitants. Access to guns is easy even for young people. While I wish we could outlaw automatic weapons like AK 15 and the Midnight Special easily acquired in every community immediately – that may prove difficult in our culture because of the 2nd Amendment and the right to carry weapons. However, there is nothing in the 2nd amendment that says you cannot regulate weapons.
To drive a car, we need to pass a written and physical driving test, register the car every year, pay a fee for the registration, and make sure the vehicle is insured. Traffic laws have to be obeyed and when violated, the offenders are heavenly fined. Often, we refer to automobiles as “a weapon”, especially in the hands of young teenagers or drunk drivers.
Sane gun laws, in addition to universal background checks, need to register every weapon and make certain that it is in the ownership of responsible adults who are properly trained in its operation and safely stored in a locked case. When an unregistered gun is found, it needs to be immediately confiscated and the owner heavily fined. Gun manufacturers and retailers must be made accountable when sales are made to unqualified, scrupulous buyers and also heavily fined for overlooking this occurrence.
We can even create a positive impact with the process by restoring justice to the communities harmed in ways that begin to balance the destruction with positive actions. For example, the fines collected could be distributed to the victims of gun violence and provide assistance to them in whatever their needs are. This is the responsibility of civil society – which we pride ourselves to be, though we still witness these atrocities too frequently.