That Democrat is me. I have given this issue a lot of thought. The question that should be asked, in my opinion, is not which weapons should be on the street, but what can we do in insure that those people who own weapons will be fully responsible. The NRA and its supports love to trot out how good honest Americans should have the weapon of their choice without except. I agree with that statement, but it does not go far enough.
Neither the NRA, nor anyone else, has much of any idea who legitimate gun dealers are selling weapons to. And worse, is the private sale of weapons. But let’s start at the beginning. Every weapon produced in the United States has a serial number on it. Why bother except that the manufacturer can tell by the serial number when it was made? Once that weapon leave the manufacturer the is somewhere between little and no record of where it goes and who buys it. Try to but an automobile that does not have a vehicle identification number on it. You cannot! Why? Every state in the union requires that a record of the vehicle and all transaction be kept. And there is the exact system I am suggesting for all gun sales. I have never heard the NRA complain about having to register their cars, which intrinsically requires their own name be included, so why complain about gun ownership? How much do you want to bet that the number of guns ending up in the hands of criminals goes down radically because otherwise responsible individuals suddenly become equally responsible about to whom they sell their guns. And when a gun in found in the hands of a criminal, this data base can be used to find out who is selling weapons to these people. If the NRA is entirely a group of law-abiding citizens, it is difficult to understand why they would stand in the way of the police from finding out who is selling these weapons.
This suggesting does not raise the level of difficulty for a truly law-abiding citizen to buy any gun he desires. If anything, the general public view of them will go up because all Americans will be able to say they feel safer in general and that they favor ownership of any sort of gun.
One of the ancillary laws that needs to be passed is how many rounds can be loaded into a weapon at one time. The Central Florida student who just committed suicide was to be found in possession of a magazine that held 100 rounds. Law enforcement officials noted that he had gained legal ownership of all weapons. But why does an arms dealer or a consumer need a magazine that holds 100 rounds? I suggest 16 rounds might be a reasonable top end.
Democrats are focused on the wrong thing. We do not need to remove any weapons from the street. We simply need a system of tracking what is sold and who can sell weapons and under what circumstances. Republicans are also focused on the wrong thing. When the Police Chiefs Union and other law enforcement groups are calling for better gun regulation, if you truly support your local police department, you have to listen to them.
The problem with gun control, or a lacking there of, is the absolute refusal by each political party to even attempt to find a middle ground. Are they being controlled by PAC or special interest group? They shouldn’t be!