“There’s actually a common sense approach to the gun issue.”
…And it took just the two of them to opine. Thank god, now I feel so much safer. So Imma gonna git me some “gun control” and problem solved!
For example, in poll after poll, Americans of all political stripes, including gun owners, support background checks on all firearm purchases. (A requirement of that sort was enacted by popular vote last November in Washington state.) California, New York, and a handful of other states, altogether constituting one-quarter of the U.S. population, have regulations on gun design, transactions, possession or use that go well beyond federal requirements.
On the other hand, public opinion in support of protecting gun rights has grown in recent decades, and in red states there has been a highly successful effort to deregulate guns.The political environment is surely challenging on this issue, but we see several promising policy approaches that are especially well suited to balancing different interests while advancing shared goals.
Shared goals? Don’t think so. These authors go on to suggest that “Smart Guns”, “Reductions in Illicit Carrying” and a “Better Approach to Mental Health Care” are necessary, while suggesting, at least in regard to “Smart Guns”:
It seems ironic that the effort to block the introduction of such guns in the United States, so far successful, is led by organizations that advocate gun rights.
…and “Illicit Carry”:
…most drunk-driving cases are “victimless” in that no one was harmed, but overall the successful crusade (by MADD and other groups) to have DUI treated as a serious crime has saved thousands of lives. Reducing illicit carrying would have the same effect.
Cook and Goss have written extensively on “guns” and “firearm regulation” but they miss an important point: I tell clients often – We can sue somebody, get paper on them – a judgment or order. We can have them held in contempt, get a money judgment, or have them commanded to do, or not. But in the end, it’s just a piece of paper.
Bottom line, legislation that restricts my rights is not going to stop a criminal or mental defective with a gun.