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Response to crazyjoe (Reply #44)
Tue Dec 18, 2012, 03:16 PM
libdem4life (12,687 posts)
45. Yes. A federal department such as the TSA. Regulate as strictly as motor vehicles and dogs.
Same rules as for automobiles and the privilege to drive on public roads. There is the Department of Motor Vehicles...enforced by the Highway Patrol. Try driving an illegal car, even if not involved in a DUI or accident or death. It is a serious offense with appropriate penalties related to the results...intentional or unintentionable.
The ATF would be, as the Highway Patrol, the legal enforcement agency.
Education, testing, annual or bi-annual registration, taxed, mechanical safety (like smog checks), gasoline taxes (ammo), sales monitored...same system for a motor vehicle, which is much less likely as a cause of death than a gun. It's also possible to keep an un-registered automobile on the back 40 or in the garage without penalty, carry in gasoline in gas can, drive it around the private property, but the minute it is put into service on public roads, the rules kick in and you have to pay back registration fees.
And dogs are another analogy, most places require licensing, proper fencing (gun storage) and vaccination. If it gets out and doesn't hurt anyone, it goes to the pound and the owner gets a call (because of the license in formation) to pick it up, and gets a stern lecture on animal/public safety. You'll likely be asked to show your veterinarian's record that the shots are up to date.
If it gets out and hurts or kills someone...say a kid walking home from school or a friend's house...it is taken to the pound and likely put down without too many questions or rights to the owner. The right to own a dog carries responsibilities first, then rights. And the illegal actions of an owner, as to the animal, is subject to strict penalty. Even so, the potential of any dog to manage a massacre just isn't possible. And one can have more than one dog...certain restrictions also apply...and in some cases, must get a permit for a breeder/dealer.
Even my cat has to have a license...why? Maybe to pay for the fire department when it gets stranded up a tree or to finance the local Pound. Whatever, owning domestic animals have laws in place, not just for the fun of it, but for funding the agency that regulates them, actually protects them, as well as public safety. Guns should be similarly regulated.
Both situations/agencies pay for their own existence and are not a drain on taxpayer dollar.
Analogies are never perfect, but these ones hopefully serve to bring up working systems that are already in place. Just contributing to the many good thoughts and ideas here.
And thanks for the opportunity to respond. Your question was a good one.
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Yes. A federal department such as the TSA. Regulate as strictly as motor vehicles and dogs.
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