A better option instead of banning guns

I’ve posted earlier a three point set of hard rules for all gun purchases. To recap:

1) Liability insurance. I note this is getting some play in the media now.

2) Psychological evaluation before gun purchase.

3) Proof of the purchase of an appropriate gun safe.

I’d like to elaborate on the 2nd point I made.

The more I read about the tragedies that have befallen Newtown, CT and other regions of the country I don’t think we need to ban any guns per se. And I think it’s a moot point anyhow. Almost all of us have an inkjet or laser printer in the house now. Well, some hackers are putting together 3D printers. Instead of the flat x-y prints we get, there will be instead x-y-z. And the types of plastics and even now metals are able to be deposited a line at a time until the 3D render is built up. So tell me, how do you ban something that can be printed in the comfort of your own home?

Anyhow, back to the elaboration on point number 2.

Almost every school in the U.S. now has a school psychologist on staff. And teachers are also trained to spot troubling behavior. So the schools know EXACTLY what kids are most at risk to become potential mass murderers. Isn’t that interesting.

The problem is, while the kids are in the school systems they can and do move to get treatment for the kids, be it behavioral therapy or chemical therapy.

But get this, once that kid leaves school? They’re on their own for mental health care.

Now you have to understand it wasn’t always like this. If you’re as fossilized as I am you recall that Ronald Wilson Reagan, yes he was a President in the 1980’s. He and the Republicans of the day managed to undo all the progress made in caring for the mentally ill, and pushed all those sick people out into the community, into group homes, etc. I know, we have one down the street from me. The police and fire trucks are there CONSTANTLY.

But there just isn’t enough to care for all the mentally ill out there. In fact I’d bet if you evaluated our prison populations you’d probably find that a good percentage have some issues that were known prior to incarceration, when they were in schools the teachers knew, so did the shrinks. But once they were out of that school system, all bets were off.

It’s time we start investing in mental health again. Some may be productive members of society with behavioral regimens, and/or drug regimens. Some will need to b institutionalized because the success rate isn’t yet 100% using the behavior modification and drug regimens.

We have to understand that humans, you and me, we’re a genetic crap shoot. And every once in a while random mutation throws a curve ball.

Medicine is catching up – with MRI and fMRI scans we’re identifying what can go wrong with the human brain and why it happens. And they’re always developing new treatments. But we’ll still need the institutions, and we still need to take care of ALL of us.

So let me know, does this make more sense than the hysteria over the assault weapon ban?

7 thoughts on “A better option instead of banning guns

  1. I love the idea about liability insurance. Just as the government forces people to buy auto insurance, they should force gunowners to buy liability insurance. And it should be expensive.

  2. About the 3D printers (btw I hate that term, as it has nothing to do with printing, but it’s the term most widely used so I guess we are stuck with it), while a plastic or metal handgun can easily be made with no tooling in only a matter of hours, I suspect you’d only get one shot out it, since the gun would be very fragile and blow itself apart when the bullet was fired. And since the bullet would be going down a gun barrel that was in the process of disintegrating, there is no telling which direction the bullet would end up going, or at what speed. The so-called 3D printing process, or rapid prototyping as a growing number prefer to call it, would not be good for making handguns, at least not at this stage of its technological development. Perhaps in a few years.

  3. I agree the liability insurance plan has some merit – an interesting idea, and the insurance companies will probably love it.

    As for mental health care, I am for better mental health care options, but psychiatry and behavior modification and pharmaceuticals are not yet exact sciences; in fact there is more art than science in some cases. And in terms of reality, we will never be able to ensure that every dangerous person with a psychological problem gets help, let alone sufficient help, even if we had an unlimited budget to do so (but the Social Darwinists (Republicans) would never agree to have the government take care of the mentally ill to such a degree.

    Also is the fact that some individuals may be psychologically within the “normal” range but for whatever reason, one day “snap”.

    Then there’s the fact that most gun violence on a day to day basis is not limited to assault weapons (but really why should ANYONE own an assault weapon?). A quick Google search turned up these Stats from 2007:

    Typically, there are approximately 30,000 US deaths due to firearms in the US each year.

    In 2007 according to the Centers for Disease Control Faststats and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control WIQARS Leading Causes of Nonfatal Injury Reports:

    48,676 people were intentionally shot who survived. (NCIPC)
    18,610 people were unintentionally shot who survived. (NCIPC)
    17,352 suicides (intentionally shot themselves who died) (CDC)
    12,632 criminal firearm deaths (killed in a crime by guns) (CDC)
    This does not include deaths of people intentionally or unintentionally shot for legal reasons (Like the police shooting a suspect).
    The above total is 97270 people shot in the US in 2007. About a third (29984) died, and it is likely that the total number of Americans shot is at least 100,000 given that all types of gunshot injuries/deaths are not included.

    In the US, every day during 2007, about 266 Americans were shot. Every day, a third of them (82 daily) died.

    Point being, there are too many guns in too many places in the hands of too many people.

    Maybe number 4 on your list would be to provide funding to buy-back or surrender guns for cash while also limiting future supply. It is a complex issue with no easy solutions.

  4. Your ideas would keep guns out of the hands of criminals about as well as new pharmacy laws would keep drugs out of the hands of drug dealers. None of your proposed laws go after the criminals or the act, that’s where you want to focus, to be effective.

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