- Stop the attempts to incrementally limit guns for everyone and focus on the right populations
- Realize why these legislative attempts fail to adequately address the concerns of people on all sides of the debate
- Proposed steps to make it easier for law abiding citizens to purchase firearms
- Proposed restrictions to make it easier to prevent prohibited persons from easily purchasing weapons
After every mass shooting, there’s a call for some kind of reform. Typically, it’s mandatory background checks, secret lists or bans on certain firearms and now there has been a lot of talk about a proposal to start using secret lists created by unaccountable bureaucracies that deny due process, all in the name of safety and security. If we are going to open this conversation for reform up again, let’s not blow it by doing what we’ve done and expecting a different result.
I have watched both sides in the “debate” try to explain their positions, with very little willingness to agree on, well, anything. Some of this is because of a lack of knowledge of culture and terminology – if you don’t understand the terms of the debate, it can be infuriating when you call for a ban or restrictions on something that won’t actually make any difference or something far beyond what you actual mean to say. Let’s say your solution is a ban on “Assault Rifles”? Imagine someone calling for a ban on “attack dogs” after a pit bull is reported to have mauled someone. When someone asks, what is an assault weapon, they aren’t (merely) being snarky, they are asking the equivalent of “what is an attack dog”?
Perhaps the worst problem is the call for “common sense” proposals which tend to favor some kind of an incrementalist approach. Read More “Want a common sense reform: do something else!”