It is one of our founding principles that every citizen should have the right to own a firearm. It is written into the U.S. Constitution as an amendment, the 2nd to be exact.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
This is the amendment that everyone is saying is being “trampled” by the gun control crowd. I have yet to hear about a plan is to take guns away or totally ban gun sales. That would be a trampling. However, better controlling access to guns, especially the guns that can kill on a large scale, is a great idea. Criminal records, mental health and social well-being of those who will have access to the guns, as well as your plan for securing the gun from kids and “theft” should be considered.
For those of you that have issues with this, or feel like an extensive background check is an invasion of your privacy, your selection of guns may be a little limited, like a musket, since that was the gun of choice when the 2nd Amendment was written. This way, if you don’t want to make assurances that you’re sane, you’ll secure the weapon and have no ill will towards your family, friends, co-workers or mankind, at least you’ll be limited to one shot per minute, or so, if you practice.
Oh, so you want a modern gun? Then you must be participate in an extensive (and probably expensive) background and mental health check for entire, immediately family or anyone who will have access to the weapon. You must demonstrate that you can secure the gun, and guarantee that you will. And, you must be responsible for anything that happens with gun. If it’s used for murder or any other crime, you go to trial, too, for aiding in a felony.
Given these new, (I know) heavy-handed requirements for modern gun ownership, the process of buying and selling guns will be slowed down a bit, but that’s not so bad. We are talking about guns, right? And those of you who sell guns and say it will hurt your sales and limit your ability to sell at guns shows, you’re right, it will. Actually, you will probably only be able to sell musket rifles at gun shows, since they won’t have the extensive, time-consuming restrictions. But don’t start bitching and whining about it — you deal in guns and there should be a very high level of responsibility and accountability that goes along with it. If you can’t make a living under these circumstances, there are millions of other things you can sell.
Yes, this is restrictive for both buyers and sellers. Maybe the NRA will step in an quash this whole debate, since that’s what they do — raise enough stink and start enough fires to create enough uncertainty for Congress to fear their next elections, thereby preventing any real decisions to be made. And the really interesting thing about the NRA is, that while they don’t want to loose the gun rights battle, they don’t want to win it either. Even if the NRA could move Congress to allow you to buy anything at any time, with little or no restrictions, the result would leave nothing for the NRA to do, no “cause” with which to stoke the fire that creates motivation to donate to the NRA so that they can “fight” for you. They’re just playing you, keeping you fearful of loosing your guns, so that you will continue to pay your membership and donate. Think about it — are they really doing anything constructive?