To begin with, just so you’ll understand, I grew up a hunter and a bit of a gun enthusiast, not a big one, just a bit of one - probably because I was a natural shot with my open-sight, 30-30 Marlin. I started hunting on the day I turned 12, the legal age, but before that I had been going "into the woods" with my dad for several years. That was one of the rules, you had to pass the license exam as far as the state was concerned, but my dad had a whole different series of rules.
- If you ever picked up a weapon and didn't check to see if it was loaded, you went home or stayed home.
- If you ever pointed a weapon at someone, even accidentally, even if it was unloaded, you went home.
- You had to prove your proficiency in firing the weapon.
- You had to go through a real-life "drill" with an unloaded weapon which included everything being very quiet, then my Dad screaming at you at the top of his lungs with excitement that there was a great big gall-dang dear!!!! What are you going to do!!!!! Then, after you "shot" he would be hopping up and down shouting it's just wounded, it's wounded, what are you going to do. Basically, he was trying to see how you would react with a huge adrenalin rush. If you didn't pass this test....well, I have no idea because we all passed it (none of the others ever warned me about this, it was a big, inside, family secret so you wouldn't be prepared).
- Finally, you had to take the two day hunter safety course and pass with flying colors (I missed one question about how far away from a house you had to be to hunt, I overestimated).
I haven't hunted in...eight, nine years? But, that is where I came from, I read hunting magazines, we subscribed to the Pennsylvania Game News and when I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to move to Alaska and live in a cabin deep in the woods. Okay, so that is my background.
Now, for the plan.
First, for the “basics”.
So, at this point what we have available are basically those weapons and ammunition that are legal for hunting. And, if you want to buy such a weapon that is easily concealable (handgun) you need to not have a criminal record and you have to wait. The more destruction the gun can offer, the longer you wait.
Now, for this ****
I think that many countries with restrictive guns laws DO allow certain people to have guns, they just have to jump through many hoops. This is sort of along that line of thinking.
What you’re left with in this case, is a small population of dedicated gun enthusiasts that understand the danger of the weapons they possess, and are willing to trade total freedom of possession
for the right to possess
these arms. This doesn’t explain every aspect, like what about when one person wants to go out back on their 40 acres and pop off rounds with friends into an “appropriate” target? Well, okay. But, what if someone else lives closer to the city limits, builds an “appropriate” target and wants to do the same thing?
I’m also sure there would be those who would fight this tooth and nail, don’t get me wrong, it does LIMIT the total freedom of possession. But, I think the general population could be made to understand that those are GUN NUTS
, not GUN ENTHUSIASTS
. They are exactly the people you don’t want to trust with automatic weapons. Meanwhile, there would be an added status to those who acquire these licenses.
So, that is the outline of my plan, have at it. Let me start.
Side A – I don’t see why we don’t just ban all weapons.
Side B – I can’t believe you want to take away my Constitutional right to bear arms.
Now that those positions are out of the way, go ahead.