To The Daily Sun,
We have read, seen many incidents involving violent gun encounters. There has been a cry for gun control, and a cry to keep the Second Amendment. This is a case where we can have our cake and eat it both.
The Second Amendment was designed during the early years of our country's history. During this period, guns were necessary to the survival as well as safety of the citizens. They were used to hunt as well as for defense.
History shows that, over time, law enforcement became stronger to providing defense of property and human life. Food became more available in markets reducing the need to hunt. Today, additional needs to have stringent gun control is mandatory, given the multiple gun incidents that have occurred.
There is a way to allow guns as per the Second Amendment and have effective gun control. This method is patterned after existing licensing system for automobiles and trucks. This will work to conserve both the Second Amendment and public safety.
First, stringent background checks is critical; and must be initiated before any license can be considered. If evidence indicates a mentally disturbed resident resides in a facility or home, there should be no guns in that place. (This could have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy, or the movie theater disasters.) Those who are identified with terrorist organizations would also be refused guns (ie: shootings at military facilities).
Two, everyone should be required to have both training and a license for use of any gun. Like driver education, this should apply to guns as well. No exceptions. Two, licenses must be granted according to the type of weapon used. For example, training and a special license would be required to obtain an AK-7 weapon. License process will require formal training by licensed instructor, then the testing, oral, written, and hands on examination similar to a driver's license test.
This does not mean one cannot have a gun. It means you now need to go through the above process to obtain this license. If you do not fulfill the requirements, you cannot have a gun. Safety is the rationale behind this proposal, and conserves our right to health, safety, and welfare. The second amendment remains intact.
Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
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