Another shot at gun control

Another shot at gun control

I know, a terrible pun, but laughing is better than sobbing.  The best idea below is not mine,  but I do not remember where I read it.  In any case, since any mention of gun control seems to send gun enthusiasts into paroxysms of dismay (to put it mildly), perhaps we can do this another way.   It would take three steps.

  1. Elect representatives and senators who are not owned by the NRA. This would be the most difficult part, but perhaps the massive surge in school shootings where the perpetrator used an AR 15 assault rifle (or similar) will create voter outrage when the amounts a candidate received from the NRA are made public.  Those amounts are coming out now, and the numbers are eye-opening.


  1. Have the newly elected representatives come up with a new category definition: “weapons of war.”   This would no longer be considered “arms,” as in the right to keep and bear yadayadayada, but would be defined according to their original design intent – war.  Target shooters and hunters (both of which groups deserve to exist and have a long history of fine behavior in the main) do not need a weapon capable or expelling tens or hundreds of bullets at a time. 


It would not be enough to simply specify particular weapons by name, such as AR-15, because weapons manufacturers would simply design a new model in search of more profit.  Instead, the definition would have to include a performance standard. I would leave that to people with more gun expertise than I (which would include most) but perhaps a limit of 5 rounds per minute would be a place to start.  If you are a target shooter, is a shot every 12 seconds enough?   If you are a hunter, would the inability to hit your target in 5 shots indicate you might need a new hobby?


  1. Banning the sale of such weapons would not solve the problem, of course, as there are hundreds of thousands of them already in existence. But it would be a start.  Once the sale is banned, there might be a change of opinion among the mass public and such weapons might soon be seen as not the cool thing to have.


Back when people began talking of banning cigarettes it was thought to be impossible.  People smoked in their offices (I was one of them), in restaurants, on planes, and pretty much everywhere.   Look around you today.

It can be done. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


Copyright 2018           David Preston


About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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1 Response to Another shot at gun control

  1. Patrick Doran says:

    Your analogy to smoking regulations is weak… Cigarettes have not disappeared and are available to anybody that wants to smoke… You cannot regulate irrationality… If an irrational person cannot get access to fire-arms in order to act out on their irrational impulses, they will find some other means in which to exercise those impulses, like a bomb, a car, a fire, who knows what?

    I agree that fire-arms designed for killing people in war, should be very difficult if not impossible to access. The question comes to light about our cognitive dissonances surrounding authoritarian and police state power structures. Theoretically speaking, we do not need any fire-arms in our modern society, but this is a utopian fantasy.. The genie is out of the bottle and human behavior is to blame, our hubris and avarice have brought us to this technological dilemma.

    Mass homicide is the real focus and how to prevent irrational people from acting on their irrational impulses and how to identify these people… It is a much wider sociological condition that we must come to terms with. My belief is this starts in the home and to a large extent the failings of our society to immerse our children in images of altruism and empathetic compassion for one and other through the very powerful imperialistic media machine, that has now become more polarizing and stratifying than ever in history.

    We have put moral authority and behavioral persona into the hands of the media. We must hold ourselves accountable and responsible. Fear of speaking-out and being ostracized by our peers is stifling and hobbling our ability to address this evolution. The problem of identifying irrational people capable of mass homicide or homicide in general is rooted in the culture we have manufactured. This is where we start… Access to weapons capable of killing people in war, will not go away and will go underground into the hands of those dark-minded people with self-edifying agendas. This is not a zero-sum game…

    How do you regulate Irrationality? … Personally I worry more about intelligent machines and elitist humans employing CRISPER gene editing technology to advance their agenda on humanity…

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