Earlier I had posted a comment on Facebook and I thought it would bear a post to WP too.
So here are three things we should require of gun purchasers:
1) Liability insurance – if it’s required to drive a car, it most certainly should be required to keep guns.
2) Psychological evaluations for at a minimum the purchaser of the gun(s) if not members of the family too.
3) Require proof of purchase of a gun safe. Prices can get steep for a long barrel gun but lock boxes for handguns all hover in the $100 to $150 range. You can see a whole bunch of options here.
I might add, just that last part – requiring a gun safe may well have saved the mothers life in the Newtown tragedy as well as the lives of 26 other people.
In essence what I’m suggesting is requiring a level of responsibility on gun owners that wouldn’t necessarily ban weaponry, but make you think a little harder before you bought one.
Put it this way , a .45 ACP pistol will cost about $1,000. A gun safe about $150, and a psych eval probably in the $500 to $600 range. Insurance will cost $960 per year. So fixed costs are $1,750, with first year being $2,710 and subsequent years being the $960 insurance cost.
Make it not cheap to buy and own a gun.