Here are some thoughts to chew on:
- If you can't shoot well enough to protect yourself with a six round clip, you certainly don't shoot well enough to be spraying bullets everywhere with a 30 round semi-automatic
- Why not have a "gun show" law that says, "Pay for the gun. We'll do the background check. Once you pass, we'll ship the gun to you; if you fail, your money will be refunded within 30 days." Sounds simple doesn't it?
- Do you really want to be out deer hunting in a blind next to a hunter who's got a 30 round clip? You rarely get more than a single shot at a time with a deer anyway.
- Remember the last time you were in a wreck? Remember that moment of 'freezing'? Multiply that X10 and you get a firefight with live ammo. Even folks who spend lots of time on the range but aren't trained in dealing with a firefight situations (as military and police are) freeze, shoot wild, and occasionally shoot the wrong person.
- Limit the amount of rounds in ammo clips for civilian persons and make it illegal to own a gun that can be changed into an automatic weapon.
- Reform (not abolish) Gun Show laws.
- Deal with (and this is probably the most radical change) the mental health crisis in this country. State as well as Federal budgets have cut so far back on mental health as to be almost non-existant. Waiting lists are long and the first line of defense is to give you a pill. Where do you find someone to talk to?
While I truly believe that the day will come when we "beat our swords into plowshears and our spears into pruning hooks," I also believe that doing our part in bringing about the Kingdom where "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" calls for some action in bite sized chunks. Perhaps the suggestions above will spur folks to think about what those might look like.
Can you imagine a year without a mass killing? That would truly be a Happy New Year. What can we do to make that a reality?