Re: New gun Law . Yea Or Nay?
Date: May 29, 2014 08:50AM
Gun & assault rifle owner/CCW holder in FFX here. The general issue with gun laws, at least in the US, is that these registries aren't currently working. If you have certain mental health issues, felonies, etc, yes, in many cases, you're put into a registry. But there's a laundry list of issues with these registries not being kept up to date, not being properly shared between jurisdictions or states, etc. So the registry, as it stands, isn't working. That's part of the issue.
As far as further restrictions or registries, that's all well and good in theory, but the problem is that it's simply not practical. I can certainly register my name, address, and serial number from my assault rifle. I can also be banned from high capacity magazines, or certain military grade .223 ammunition, etc. But my compliance may or may not even be 'successful' if the digital registries are in the state that they are, not synchronizing information, etc. And even if it does, it doesn't prevent my neighbor, or local criminals from procuring the same weapon and same ammunition through non-standard channels, similar to how banning drugs doesn't really prevent their distribution.
So generally, gun laws, gun regulation, they try to address a symptom of a larger problem; mental health. But they also address this symptom in a manner which isn't very effective. Arguing about liberals or conservatives, Republicans or Democrats, that just misses the point entirely. It's a different discussion entirely. If you want to prevent gun violence, let's start by fixing the systems already in place. Gun registry...airline/travel registry while we're at it...and some of the mental health systems we have.