The comments on posts from yesterday’s march have left me very sad. There is no dialogue between those with opposing views and I believe we all want that to change... I just read this article and thought this was a good place to start the conversation. Opinions in the spirit of clarification or understanding are always welcome... “Help me understand why, in most states, it doesn’t require a license (or any accreditation) to own a gun?
Help me understand what the argument is against gun owners being required to go through any sort of training? Not even a gun safety course (except Maryland and Rhode Island), let alone actually firing the thing.
Help me understand why it isn’t mandatory to have guns registered so that gun owners are held more accountable for their safe use or if their gun is stolen (a contributor to guns ending up on the streets), authorities can understand where it came from?
Help me understand what the argument is against mandating that all gun owners have insurance so that if their gun inadvertently hurts or kills an innocent person, the victim or their family can be made whole again?
Help me understand why an NRA-endorsed bill like the Sportsman’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act that wants to make it easier to purchase a silencer (to supposedly protect hunters’ ears) is even up for a vote. More than 11,000 people have been killed by guns in 2017 already — how many hunters have gone deaf?
Help me understand what the argument for anyone to have a semi-automatic or fully automatic weapon is, besides “Because it’s fun” or “Because I can” or why they even exist outside of military applications?
And yes, help me understand what the argument is against making gun buyers undergo a thorough psych evaluation before they’re sold a dangerous weapon.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “It’s because it’s a constitutional right and law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to jump through all these hoops to buy and own a gun,” well, then help me understand why your (hell, call it “our”) convenience is more important than potentially saving lives.” - Victor Nguyen-Long @vnl #emmagonzalez