Just to clear the air, as a Liberal I support Americans’ right to own guns.
I support the 2nd Amendment, but as Justice Scalia once said, “Yes, there are some limitations that can be imposed” to it.
After reading Vox’s article, ‘Its Really Hard to Buy a Gun in Japan. The Country also has almost no Gun Homicides’ I think there are some ideas we can take from the Japanese when it comes to gun control…
To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.
While I would hesitate going as far as providing the police with documentation on specific location of the gun in your home, as well as ammo, and having gun and ammo locked and stored separately.
The mental health check, the shooting range class, and retaking the class and exam are the better points that interest me the most.
It has never made sense to me that someone with no training can purchase a gun as long as they can pass a background check. But we have to go through training when we apply for a driver’s license.
At the end of the day gun control is about common sense, and in my opinion it just doesn’t seem like we have a lot of common sense with our current gun laws.
We are never going to 100% stop crazy people from getting there hands on guns, but there is so much more we can do to make it harder for the nutbags.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!