A Simple Solution to America’s Gun & Mass Shooting Problems
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, August 27, 2015
There’s little debate of any significance about the problem of firearms in the hands of those who use them to commit heinous acts. This year alone, to date (as of this entry 27 August, the 239th day of 2015) there have been there have been:
248 Mass Shootings, with
313 Dead &
One only need type in ‘mass shootings’ in any search engine to find literally thousands upon thousands of news items, complete with details about this uniquely American problem. There is, however, significant and legitimate debate about how to ameliorate and stem the growing problem.
Some say no laws are needed, that LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) need to enforce current laws. Others say outlaw guns completely. Somewhere, there is a “happy middle ground” of compromise to be found that protects our law-abiding citizens’ 2d Amendment Rights, and protects the innocent from miscreant would-be murderers and assailants.
I have a rather simple solution
gun / mass shooting problem.
NFA all firearms with magazines over 7 round capacity.
For those unfamiliar with the term, “NFA” refers to the National Firearm Act which was originally enacted 1934, which “imposed a tax on the making and transfer of firearms defined by the Act, as well as a special (occupational) tax on persons and entities engaged in the business of importing, manufacturing, and dealing in NFA firearms. The law also required the registration of all NFA firearms with the Secretary of the Treasury. Firearms subject to the 1934 Act included shotguns and rifles having barrels less than 18 inches in length, certain firearms described as “any other weapons,” machineguns, and firearm mufflers and silencers.”
For additional information, refer to the linked text above which directs to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms site about the National Firearms Act.
To put it in as simple terms as possible, the NFA allows legal ownership of firearms such as those mentioned above – fully automatic, short-barrel shotguns, silencers, etc. – but ONLY after a successful background investigation by the FBI, fingerprinting & photographing.
If there is ANYTHING amiss in the thorough background investigation, the permit is denied, and the firearm CANNOT be purchased.
If the background investigation is successful, the firearm may be purchased, along with a $200 tax paid per item purchased.
The firearm may NOT be transferred, sold, or given away WITHOUT FIRST notifying the BATF, and then, may ONLY be sold, or transferred to another similar individual whom has had a similarly successful background investigation, and whom must also pay the tax.
In short, NFA firearm owners are the “cleanest of the clean,” and are legally upstanding, law-abiding citizens.
If you want more details, here’s an additional link for your perusal. There’s plenty of information presented in a well-organized and cohesive manner:
NFA Q&A – https://www.atf.gov/qa-category/national-firearms-act-nfa
And now, for some opining.
I am NOT opposed to firearms, or their private ownership.
I AM opposed to criminals & idiots owning firearms, which also includes almost every incidence of stupidity we read or hear about in any news report of mass killing, including some Stupid Owners who were unfortunately killed or wounded by their own stupidity, such as young children who discharged a firearm in a mother’s purse killing her in a Wal-Mart, a man who shot off his penis in a Wal-Mart, a young child that shot & killed it’s father at home, etc. In such cases, those tragedies could have been PREVENTED by PROPER & RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP practices.
To analogize, we do not allow anyone to drive whom has not demonstrated a minimum level of competency and/or proficiency operating a motor vehicle (either private automobile, or “Big Truck” with a Commercial Driver License), and similarly demonstrated a level of understanding and comprehension of the laws governing operation of the same.
So why should we, in almost wanton, or “willy-nilly” fashion, allow just anyone to own or possess a firearm without similarly demonstrating competency and/or proficiency and understanding of the laws regulating them?
At one time, the NRA (National Rifle Association) significantly promoted gun safety. Now, while that remains a part of their agenda, it is only a very minor, and insignificant one. In fact, that first, and paramount element of responsible gun ownership is virtually hidden on their website.
Stupid People Should NOT Have Guns