You should have to pay gun insurance just like car insurance (as Gloria pointed out both are weapons!)
your gun and ammunition should be subject to annual inspection (just like your car)
you should not be allowed to be able to own more than one gun in your home.
If you want to own a hunting weapon you should have to store it legally at your local hunting club.
No more gun show loopholes.
mental health checks mmandatory substance abuse/DUI checks mandatory
60 day waiting period mandatory.
lots more great ideas ------- friends, add yours!
A actually meant to write : have not read the 2nd amendment- or could not correctly apply its relevancy to today. But as an aside I would be curious as to how gun owners (legal and illegal ) compare in terms of literacy to non gun owning Americans.
I agree with all that. But, the question is how to get those ideas from paper to being actual.
One issue; substance abuse/dui checks cost money. Unless thats going to come from the gun owners themselves i can't see taxes for that getting passed ever.
also ftr, My dad has had guns (mostly used for hunting) for a long as i can remember. I always knew he had them. To this day (I'm almost 40 yrs old) i have no idea where his gun locker is (and don't want to know).
This study is downright fascinating. Bolding mine.
Daily Kos/PPP Poll: NRA and GOP grossly out-of-step with America ... including Republicans
bykosFollowforDaily KosBefore we get to the results, one word on the sample composition of this Public Policy Polling poll for Daily Kos -- 54 percent of respondents say they own a gun, while the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey reported households owning firearm fell from 54% in 1977 to 32% percent in 2010.In other words, this poll oversamples gun owners. It's skewed toward those who own guns. So remember that little tidbit as you digest just how awful these numbers are for the NRA and its allies.We don't know why, but as to how we're going to prevent future massacres, Americans are ready for major gun reform
Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 12/18-19. 1,000 Registered voters. MoE 3.1% (No trendlines)
92 percent of conservatives and 94 percent of Republicans agree. So do 93 percent of southerners. There is no partisan or geographic split on the question. 90 percent of gun owners agree.
More below the fold.
Conservatives support this 59-31 (compared to 71-21 among liberals), Republicans support it 57-35, Southerners are more like to support this than Midwesterners or Westerners, gun owners agree 55-36, and hunters agree 52-38.
Conservatives support such a ban 50-43, compared to liberals 74-24. Republicans support it 50-44. There isn't big geographic differences, as Southerners support a ban 60-35 and Northeasterners support one 68-30. Gun owners support a ban 51-44, but hunters oppose it narrowly, 47-48.
Conservatives support such a ban 61-34, Southerners (at 69-25) support such a ban more than Midwesterners and Westerners, though there is little difference, gun owners support it 59-36, and hunters support it 57-38.
Conservatives support closing this loophole 71-23, Southerners support it 73-22, and Hunters support it 64-30.
Everyone agrees this is a no-brainer. Well, except the NRA.
Conservatives support such a ban 51-42, Southerners support it 60-33, gun owners support it 53-42, and hunters support it 50-46.
There is little partisan difference. Conservatives think hunting with assault rifles is unnecessary by a 70-22 margin, for example. But what's crazy is we cross-referenced this question with the 73 percent of respondents who had a favorable opinion of hunting, and among that crowd, 21 think assault weapons are necessary to hunt, while 73 percent don't.
In other words, the vast majority of people who like hunting think hunting with assault rifles is
idiotic stupid ridiculousunnecessary.
There are places where partisan differences did arise. For example, 36 percent of conservatives said they were more interested in buying a gun after the Sandy Hook massacre, while 23 percent were less interested. Among liberals, it was 10 percent more, 40 percent less, and among moderates it was 16 percent more, 32 percent less.
And asked whether gun violence can be solved with more guns, or more restrictions, 46 percent of conservatives wanted more guns compared to 35 percent who wanted more restrictions. It was 22-56 among liberals, 23-56 among moderates.
That's quite the contradiction, isn't it? While conservatives backed all those common-sensical gun restrictions, they still thought more guns were the answer to gun violence. Don't ask me to decipher that little bit of cognitive dissonance.
Finally, 51 percent of conservatives think guns are a "necessary check on government tyranny", while 25 percent aren't paranoid. Among liberals, the numbers are reversed, 26-51. The teabaggers are particularly enamored with that fantasy, with 65 percent thinking that a bunch of pretend militia members with rifles can provide a check on a government that can employ drones and Seal Team Six to take them out. Only 17 percent are too smart to believe that.
But whatever the motivations, or pretensions, or cognitive dissonance, fact is that even conservatives support strongly the common-sense restrictions of requiring background checks and mental health examinations before buying guns, support the banning of assault rifles, support banning the sale of guns and bullets over the internet, support closing the gun-show loophole, support prohibiting violent felons from owning guns, and support banning high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
So it's not Americans standing in the way of such regulations. It's the NRA and its allies in Congress, on behalf of a distinct outlier minority of crazies.
(Not saying what I do or do not agree with, just what I think the reason in the current spike in sales is.)
We should be able to install a findmyiphone or LoJack on guns. Not something that can be activated willy-nilly, but if my car or iPad get stolen, I have at least something to help me find it. Is there anything for firearms?