Daily Prompt–You’ve Got The Power


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 background checktransfers, 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.

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About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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7 Responses to Daily Prompt–You’ve Got The Power

  1. You hit the nail on the head when you say no thinking person could be opposed to such a law.

    When we lived in South Africa, no transfer could be made without the new owner applying for a licence. The system worked, for the most part. There will always be criminals with guns but let’s not make it easy for them.

    Excellent choice of law, if I may say so.

    • mairedubhtx says:

      Unfortunately, we have a lot of non-thinking legislators in Congress who are in the pockets of the National Rifle Association who are opposed to background checks. They fear the government is tracking guns, which is not the case. The background checks are destroyed after they are run, but you can’t convince these people. Sad, really.

  2. IF background checks are not already mandatory in your state, why not? Faster to get things moved through there than in DC. State legislatures move faster – and you can more easily get in front of decision makers.
    Here even gun shows and internet sales have to clear background checks before the gun is handed over.
    Now if we could only get the pawnshops and payday loan places to stop taking in guns that have been stolen, things might be improve. Pushing now for photo ID/fingerprinting/video for all gold/silver/jewelry/guns brought to pawnshops and quick loan places. The streets are harder to stop stolen gun transactions, but pawn shops are a start. (Law enforcement isn’t doing too well with stopping burglaries)
    Sadly laws are followed by by law abiding citizens – and those are usually not the ones causing problems.
    Parents and families must step up, monitor, and manage those with violent behavior/unstable personalities. (and I do have real experience with this) This state has just also increased funding to improve access and treatment for public mental health.
    Pushing locally may be most effective. Certainly worth a try.

    • mairedubhtx says:

      Unfortunately I live in Texas where any restriction or background check is seen as a violation of 2nd amendment rights. Here there is a push for easing any background checks. It is very frustrating.

      • ???? I live in Texas. Metropolitan areas have different attitudes perhaps. Despite what some people may feel about the second amendment, Texas has pretty strict gun laws compared to many places. (Chicago, Aurora, CO and Mexico have outright/total gun bans)
        Background checks are not going to ease or go away. Gun shows monitored and background checks must be completed before gun is handed over to buyer – cops are there at the door to check paperwork before exiting.
        Internet sales: guns only sent to licensed gun dealers who run the background checks before completing sale ( fee paid also for this )
        There are also laws here that make parents responsible for keeping their guns locked up out of the hands of children (and many here have been prosecuted for not locking guns up)
        One nice thing about TX is that the elected officials are so easy to see face to face/get on phone – so it easier to talk with them about their voting patterns and legislative plans. And you can always get in the car and drive to Austin and walk into their offices. We’ve found ours are responsive to discussions. But we live in large population area – some rural areas may be different – but my parents’ small town legislators were even easier to get hold of.
        Perhaps try?
        I wish all would obey laws, be considerate, kind, and fair. That would be perfect. Sigh

  3. The Hook says:

    That would definitely help. Good work.

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