Another mass shooting in the United States, possibly terror-related, possibly not, but how many more times must we see these horrific massacres on our television screens before we as a nation take concrete steps to reduce the chances of these events happening in the future?
The Far Right will tell us to arm ourselves to the teeth and keep every imaginable firearm legal, and the Far Left will tell us to round up everyone’s guns. But how about some common sense steps that I would bet the overwhelming majority of Americans would support:
1. Citizens and hunters do not need assault rifles and other military weapons. Outlaw all assault rifles and all guns with large magazines. If you are incapable of killing a deer or an intruder breaking into your house with six rounds, you need some target practice, buddy.
We don’t need to have law enforcement breaking down doors to collect already-purchased assault rifles. We simply outlaw the sale of ammo for these weapons and ban their use on shooting ranges and public land.
2. Every university, junior college, high school, junior high, and elementary school must have armed guards–mandated by law; And not just one guard, but several. If we must raise everyone’s taxes to pay for it, so be it. The safety of our nation’s children is worth it. Allow high school and university teachers, who have undergone extensive training, to carry guns.
3. All shopping malls, sports stadiums, movie theaters and other businesses which attract large crowds, must by law, provide adequate levels of armed security.
4. Make gang membership a crime. Instead of waiting for gang members to get caught in a crime before acting against them, criminalize organized enterprises (gangs) whose primary purpose is the use of violence to achieve its goals.
We can preserve the intent of the First and Second Amendments while reducing the number of senseless slaughters in this country by enacting these middle-ground, common sense measures.