I have devised a brilliant (if I do say so myself) and elegant solution to the never-ending debate around guns, the NRA, the Second Amendment, public safety, mass shootings, selfish stupid people, and mental health issues.
Since we don’t seem to be able to even have a reasonable discussion on gun violence in this country, we need to change the conversation.
Forget about gun control; let’s control the ammunition.
From now on, you can have all the guns you want, any kind, any where. No need for CHLs because there will be no need to conceal the weapons. Every man, woman and child can brandish any kind of weapon they want anytime, anywhere without fear of being shot and killed by police who mistake a child’s toy for an actual weapon because they didn’t see the orange tip, or it fell off. It just won’t matter.
Because we’re going to control the hell out of ammunition. We’re going to create a Barney Fife world where, at most, you get one bullet that you can carry in your pocket, unless you are a member of law enforcement or the military. Anything more than that is grounds for immediate imprisonment, fines, etc. No multiple-round magazines or clips, no bandoliers or cartridge belts of bullets of any calibre because it is against the law. By the time you finally get the bullet out of your pocket and into the gun, there has been time for you to rethink what you’re doing and time for other people to see what you’re doing and get out of harm’s way, and call the police who can then arrest you.
The NRA can disband and Wayne LaPierre can ride off quietly into the sunset. There will no longer be a Second Amendment discussion about anyone’s right to bear arms because you can bear all the arms you want, you just can’t have the ammunition. There is nothing about ammunition in the Second Amendment, so no need for debate.
There will never again be 20 schoolchildren killed by someone wrestling with their own personal demons who takes it out on others. There will never again be two high school students who kill 13 classmates and a teacher and then themselves. There will never again be some knucklehead who goes to a movie and kills 12 people and injures 58. There will never again be a college student in Virginia who kills 32 people in two locations and wounds an undetermined number of others on campus and then kills himself, saving us the expense of a trial. There will never again be some dude who crashes his truck into a Lubys and shoots and kills 23 people, and then himself. There will never be another mail carrier who kills 14 postal workers in ten minutes and then takes his own life with a bullet to the head, giving rise to the phrase “going postal” and marginalizing the severity of the situation. There will never be another guy who kills his wife and two children at his home, then opens fire in two different brokerage houses killing nine people and wounding 12, and later kills himself. There will never be another 19-year-old who goes to an area mall and kills eight shoppers before killing himself. I could go on, but hopefully you get the idea.
I don’t like the way the conversation has gone (or hasn’t gone), so I’m changing it. Isn’t that what THEY do all the time?
The best solutions are the simplest.