You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?
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I think if I had the power to enact a single law I would enact a law that required background checks for all gun sales. ALL gun transfers, both public and private. I know that this would be very controversial and I have no idea how this could possibly work, especially the private part. But I’m convinced that guns are falling into the hands of mentally unstable individuals by way of private sales and gifts by family members. This somehow has to stop.
Background checks for public gun sales, both at gun shops and at gun shows, should be relatively easy to implement. They are already done at gun shops. With current technology, the same background checks can also be done a gun shows.
The more difficult part of my law is tracking the transfer of private guns between individuals. People sell guns to one another and make gifts of guns to each other. Sometimes the person to whom the gun is being given is not a mentally stable person. There has to be a way to stop this from happening. People need to fax in an a background check in these cases. At least criminal background might be caught, maybe cases of mental problems. This may not be a workable system, I’ll admit. But with bigger minds than mine working on it, perhaps we can come up with something that does the job.
Background checks for gun shops sales and for gun show sales are just a good idea. I know they failed to pass in the Senate because of pressure from the NRA. But no thinking person can be opposed to keeping guns out of criminal’s hands or out of the hands of mentally unstable individuals. The more difficult task will be curtailing private transfers of guns to these individuals. And there is always the illegal trade in guns on the street. We can work to stop this trade. But we can also work to regulate private sales and transfers.
So my law would expand background checks for gun sales and gun transfers. It would help to keep our nation safer from gun violence. At least I hope it would.