A Step Toward Gun Control

One of the destroying lies of bi-partisan politics in our country is that both sides believe if they give in a little, the other side will keep pushing for further change.   This stand is the reason that both sides of the isle have become more diligent and far winged and unwilling to negotiate.

Regardless of the topic, we see these battles rage:  The pro abortion supporters won’t accept any reasonable controls based on protecting “women’s rights” while the pro life side wants all abortions illegal even fighting against birth control.

Euthanasia, government spending, etc, etc, etc. and yes, gun control.  Don’t give an inch, THEY will take a foot and then a yard.  Throw out all logical civil conversations because we can’t give up our rights.  We live in fear of the other side taking our freedoms.

I am not for big government.  I don’t want more government control.  I don’t want more of my information entered into a data base that can screen me and follow me.  But . . . life and cultures change.  Technology changes.  When I was a child there were not seat belts in cars.  It took decades of fighting to get good seat belts because the car companies said they would cost too much.  Smoking was permitted everywhere – in 1974 I woke up from surgery and people were smoking in my hospital room!  Building codes, bicycle helmets, technology: everything around us is changing everyday and we need to be open to discussions on how are lives can be improved.

Gun control.  Two sides.  No one wants to give an inch.  Both sides are angry and defensive.

Substantial gun limitation will not happen in America. We will never be Great Britain and I don’t think we should try.   We will never stop everyone from smoking or drinking alcohol but we can make improvements  to managing their use.  Those social battles have been long hard fights but most people have worked to make reasonable accommodations to the change.   Our country learned that prohibition was not the answer.   Education and gradual changes with smoking has been much more effective.  We can still smoke and drink but with reasonable controls that hopefully help others not suffer from it.

Here are my suggestions for those who want to hear them:

1) Impose fines, legal charges, and penalty against anyone who owns a gun and does not secure it properly and it is used illegally.  If you own a gun, it is your responsibility to keep it out of anyone else’s hands.  Similar to a bartender that allows a customer to get drunk and then drive, they can be help accountable.  Gun owners need to secure their weapons so that no one can get to them or else they suffer the consequences.  This would also apply to so called straw purchases of guns.

2) Stop broadcasting the names of shooters.  This only celebrates and encourages more mass killings.  Why do we celebrate the names of the killers and post their pictures every where?  Focus on the victims, not the killers.

3) Similar to car companies fighting safety measures that cost a couple dollars – it’s time for the gun companies, NRA and other gun advocates to accept the challenges to society and step into the conversations to find solutions rather than fighting any legislation.  No one is going to outlaw guns in America.  No one is going to come in your house and take them away.  This is not a conspiracy plot to de-arm Americans.  It is an attempt to find solutions to gun violations.

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About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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3 Responses to A Step Toward Gun Control

  1. 3boxesofbs says:

    uilding codes, bicycle helmets, technology: everything around us is changing everyday and we need to be open to discussions on how are lives can be improved.

    if they are such good ideas; why do they have to be mandated by law?
    I’m a firm believer in using seat belts. Ever since I saw a woman become a quadriplegic because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt, I’ve worn mine. What I’m against is the government telling me, as if I’m incapable of deciding) that I have to wear one.

    Gun control. Two sides. No one wants to give an inch.
    But one side will not recognize the fact that we (pro -gun folks) have already given up not inches but YARDS. 1934 National Firearm Act — 1968 Gun Control Act — 1986 Hughes Amendment.
    Individuals used to be able to buy firearms with no identification, through the mail, fully automatic firearm. People used to be able to carry firearms without government permission or licenses.

    When the anti-rights side recognizes we’ve already given up YARDS and are willing to give up INCHES in our direction — then we can have an honest discussion.

    1) Impose fines, legal charges, and penalty against anyone who owns a gun and does not secure it properly and it is used illegally.

    So let me see if I have this right. I have a firearm in my house and you want me to be responsible if
    a.) A person trespasses onto my property –a crime.
    b.) Breaks into my house — a crime
    c.) steals my firearm — a crime
    d.) transports that firearm without a license — a crime
    e.) uses it in a crime — a crime

    Am I reading that right?

    Why aren’t non-gun owners responsible if a criminal steals your money or property, buys a gun and uses it?

    2) Stop broadcasting the names of shooters.
    ABSOLUTELY agree with this !! HURRAH!! Seriously this is a huge issue and if the name needs to be broadcast it should be used in conjunction something like “the pathetic loser who _____”

    3) Similar to car companies fighting safety measures that cost a couple dollars – it’s time for the gun companies, NRA and other gun advocates to accept the challenges to society and step into the conversations to find solutions rather than fighting any legislation

    Again — this is a difference between ideology — I’m all for safety devices and measures that will improve firearms. I’m against the government mandating that I have to have them on my firearms.
    When the technology reaches a point where I feel comfortable having it on my firearms, I’ll buy them. Until then, no way should there be a law.

    No one is going to outlaw guns in America.

    Thousands of people advocate exactly that every day. Thousands more advocate restrictive laws that effectively deny people the right to use firearm in self defense. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that Washington D.C. prohibited people from having handguns in their homes or functional long guns (2008). Illinois just started issuing concealed carry permits this year.
    So please excuse my skepticism about your claim — because I’ve seen the evidence to the contrary.

    Bob S.
    3 Boxes of BS

    • Thanks for your input Bob. I don’t like the government telling me what I need to do either. Some changes are generational – my parents never got used to wearing seatbelts. My generation did much better but part of that was the manufacturers being forced to make improvements.

      • 3boxesofbs says:

        Could you help me with the idea I’m responsible for the criminal actions of someone who stole a firearm from me?

        I’m really trying to understand this mentality – and especially why it only applies to firearms. If someone steals my car; do you think I’m responsible for the thief’s actions?
        My chainsaw, pocket knife?

        How about if a thief steals money out of my wallet to buy a firearm– am I still responsible?
        What if a thief steals my TV, pawns it and buys a firearm- when do I stop being responsible for the actions of another person?

        Bob S.

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