A lot of these ideas have been borrowed/adapted from Beau of the Fifth Column; check his videos out.
Alright, I believe I have some good tips here for people who would like to help reduce gun violence, advocate for change, and understand the practicality of their goals. DISCLAIMER: I am a “liberal commie bastard” who also advocates for reasonable individual gun ownership.
Let’s get into it.
For those who advocate for “assault weapons” bans: There is a right way to approach it that is more effective than the previous ban.
The previous ban really did very little; it LOOKED like it did, but in reality all it did was make certain stock & muzzle devices illegal, which really had little to no impact on the actual lethality of the weapon. Gun manufacturers just retooled their setup and kept cranking them out with minimal fuss.. In fact, it didn’t really require retooling; just using different parts in the build.
A lot of people are advocating for banning the AR-15, but they don’t realize that there are a LOT of other powerful weapons out there besides the numerous types of AR-15s.
Instead, your argument should be this: Ban all semi-automatic rifles EXCEPT X. Start the exceptions with things like rim-fire cartridges (.22lr is an example, used for pest control and some competition shooting, and my preferred casual range round). It’ll be much easier and more effective to start that way, than to try and say “ban A, B, C, D, E..” ad-nauseum.
While the above is much more practical than the previous assault weapons ban, I don’t believe this sort of ban will be as effective as you might prefer. The problem is we’ve got countless people who have these types of firearms, and no way to know reasonably who has them and how to get them back safely.
Many owners of these firearms are also responsible owners, as well.. It’s a bit like throwing the baby out with the bath water.
Perhaps a more effective analogy is that we’re trying to shut the barn door after the horse has already gotten out. Realistically we’re past any sort of effective assault weapon ban; it just isn’t going to be practical (note: I myself don’t really have an interest in an AR-15, I’m more of a bolt-action person when it comes to rifles).
So, let’s talk about other means of gun control.
Thankfully, effective gun control should be achievable with just a handful of options.
Universal Background Checks basically mean making a large-scale, federally mandated background check required for EVERY firearm transfer; right now there’s a number of loopholes, and universal background checks will close those.
Arguments against this typically surround the idea of a “national firearm registry”, where there are ways for an authoritarian gov’t to look and see who owns guns so they can come take them away later.. Well, I hate to break it to you, but the vast majority of firearm purchases are already known by multiple parties. Credit card companies, data brokers and more all have it and will gladly hand it to the gov’t.. So.. Yeah, cats out of the bag there, folks.
We require a license to own and operate a vehicle. We require training to ensure it’s done properly and safely. Why not advocate for the same when it comes to at least some firearms?
I’d be perfectly content taking a course (actually been thinking about “refreshing” my knowledge, since I was taught how to handle a firearm at a very young age) and getting a license to own a firearm.
Of course, that just goes back to the universal background check issue, and then you’ve got the argument that the 2A doesn’t say anything about requiring licenses, so this would be a violation and wouldn’t get past the current supreme court.. Yeah.
Red flag laws is a blanket term used for a variety of contexts. Basically if someone has a “red flag” on their record, they won’t be able to purchase/own/rent/etc a firearm. Red flags include temporary bans for mental health, permanent bans for violent offenses (including domestic violences), felonies and more.
Family can advocate for a red flag on a person much like they might take out a restraining order, and there you have it.
Of course, this isn’t perfect, either; it can be abused by someone who might attempt to harm the firearm owner, either physically or otherwise, but there is still a net-positive in my opinion here.
One thing that always seems to come up as a gun lobby defense is “the person was deranged, we need better mental healthcare!” – the problem is, they don’t actually end up advocating for accessible mental healthcare!
We need to finally catch up with the rest of the modern world and have universal healthcare for everybody, INCLUDING mental health treatment.
Do you really believe that, right now, a man considering shooting up a school is going to think, “Gee, you know what I really want to do? Go to a doctor and get charged an outrageous fee to be committed to a mental health facility.”
No, we need to remove the barriers to healthcare in general so we can overall be a happier (and much less stressed) society.
Gun culture itself is rife with toxic masculinity. You’re not a man unless you can get a raging boner, defend your home, and solve your own problems.
Seriously, I get a shit-ton of ads related to the above after becoming a firearm owner myself.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve got so far. This is an incomplete picture of a solution to a long-running issue in America, but I hope this will be a jumping off point for reasonable discussions in order to find practical solutions to all the insanely preventable deaths in America.