I say we make owning a gun REGULATED, just like owning a car.
And just like owning a car, we make it very EXPENSIVE!
With owning a car (like most Americans choose to do) there is the huge cost to purchase the vehicle, which is even more expensive when financed. Then there is annual vehicle registration fees, mandatory annual vehicles insurance fees, annual maintenence costs, fuel costs, and of course, the driver must have a license which has annual renewal fees.
Are you truly serious about solutions to gun violence and mass murder in America?
Then regulate gun ownership the same as owning and driving a car!
And make it EXPENSIVE!
Not as expensive as owning a car, but expensive enough that it seriously causes most people to reassess just how badly they need to have these deadly weapons.
And here's the key part: EVERYONE WILL STILL HAVE THEIR PRECIOUS 2ND AMENDMENTS RIGHTS TO OWN PEOPLE-KILLING WEAPONS! Hoooray!!! No loss of "constitutional rights."
And before we get too deep into this, yes, mental illness in America is a problem. Yes, more resources should be devoted there. Absolutley! But that still will not prevent the majority of gun violence in America. It is an important step, YES! but only a partial solution. And a very difficult and expensive one at that.
This proposal is "in addition to" all the mental health interventions proposed.
The goal here is to REDUCE both frequency and magnitude of gun related violence, by reducing the number of guns (especially among criminals and those who are very young), while it is fully understood that this will not eliminate gun violence altogether in this country.