Most sane people want comprehensive guns laws with the hope that we can deter gun violence. Certainly it is one step towards awareness because young anger is rampant.
It is quite obvious that the people we have elected are incapable of getting anything passed for change. Tit for tat and the inability to come across the table seems impossible. The group from Parkland unveiled their plan on gun safety this past week. Those kids are now college age and I so applaud their commitment to this issue.
What is impressive is their plan is one that could and should be embraced on both sides of the fence. The fence has to come down. That these young adults could come up with a plan gives me hope for a next generation of politicians. I hope we have reached the tipping point of anger in this country and will move into a place where we can all agree to disagree but work together in a way that creates more equality
Here is the plan:
- National licensing and gun registry
- Ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Mandatory buy back plan for assault-style weapons and a voluntary buyback for other firearms
- Limit of one purchase of one firearm per month
- Establishment of a national director of gun violence prevention who would directly report to the White House
- Raising the minimum age to buy guns from 18 to 21
- New multi-step system that would include in-person interviews and a 10-day wait period before guns purchases are approved.
- Licenses reviewed annually
- Peace Corps style program that would pay young people to work on gun violence prevention for a year in communities and non-profit groups.
It is not making guns illegal but being smart and thoughtful about having the right to purchase and own guns with laws in place to hopefully protect all of us from people who should not be able to buy a gun or multiple guns particularly assault-weapons and high-capacity magazines on a whim.
The purchasing of a gun should be as serious as the laws around it.