I think that anyone who wants to own a gun should be required, at a minimum, to attend a gun safety class. Like you, I will not hunt or sit in the same room with someone who is blatantly ignorant on gun safety.
For me, the ideal scenario would be something akin to the gun safety courses that are required in order to obtain a concealed handgun license here in Texas. Those classes are handled by private individuals who are certified by the State to teach the class. They then issue a certificate that you take to the Department of Public Safety to obtain the CHL.
It’s not that we should be giving governmental agencies any additional power. Background checks could also be handled by the same private entities that handle the gun safety classes.
The toughest part about all of this seems to be determining someone’s mental health. For example, if a person has no prior criminal record or any other incidents on file, how can someone really know?
In the end, there is no simple solution in regards to that type of determination, but requiring some form of safety class is not only practical, but it doesn’t seem to be a violation of anyone’s constitutional rights.
We’ll never be able to prevent many cases, like the Vegas shooting for example, but it seems like we can prevent a good portion of gun deaths by implementing some form of requirements for potential gun owners. We have to start doing something because it seems to me that what we’re currently doing isn’t working and things continue to be more out of control than ever.
We can’t claim to have all the answers, but I believe we can find solutions that all sides of the discussion can agree on through civil discourse such as what we are having here.
As far as the pro-lifers go, what I wrote was something that was more of an observation out of a general frustration with how these religious groups perceive which lives are worth fighting for. Like you, all I can hope is that they are willing to listen to a difference of opinion and possibly have a civil discussion about it. While unlikely, we can always hope for it.
I appreciate the discussion.