|Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, December 26 2012 @ 01:59 PM EST|
1) Making things a little more difficult for legitimate owners (and criminals,
too) will discourage some, and raise a persistence requirement to possess
weapons. The higher the persistence and planning barriers, the more likely at
least some mentally ill people will not be able to successfully carry out their
By way of anecdote, my wife had an uncle who used an inherited antique rifle to
commit suicide. She claims that had he been required to go to a dedicated gun
shop, rather than K-mart or Walmart to purchase the ammunition, he would not
have done it.
2) A real purpose of training folks on their weapons is to connect them socially
-- being disconnected is a significant risk factor for violence. It is also to
discourage "casual" gun owners...thus making it harder to steal guns
from inappropriate and potentially forgotten storage, like dresser drawers.
In my view, owning a weapon is a significant responsibility...and with that come
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