Some admittedly controversial gun reform solutions

Some admittedly controversial gun reform solutions

More than two centuries ago, before they knew to rifle the bores of muskets and pistols, that is, make them spiral the projectile to spin out for greater accuracy, the writers of the Bill of Rights allowed in the Second Amendment the possession of guns. In that way America became, like Yemen, a nation with nearly free access to handguns. Most other nations have outlawed them except for police and military use. This made America, with 4.4 percent of world population, the leader in criminal misuse of guns. One has to ask how the other nations live safely with none of our American carnage. Gun reform has proven wickedly difficult for politicians and police to harness. When the best Americans can provide is “thoughts and prayers” uncoupled to actions (a blasphemy) after the latest slaughter in store or parking lot or theater or church, we know we have a problem. Reform opponents argue that guns provide protection, saying that it takes a good guy with a gun to take down a bad guy with one. But they do not explain why other civilized nations ban them. These nations too are concerned about self-protection and about personal freedom, the latter being something unbelievably important to us Americans. The controversy lumbers on, with no end in sight. The media go into a “Groundhog Day” recital with each massacre. So I propose some controversial solutions: outlaw the possession, sale and transfer of ammunition, and supply a taser to anyone who turns in […]

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