The tragedy that occurred in Connecticut, the terrible loss of life, and the ensuing pain will not heal so soon. The debate over gun control will hopefully yield some answers and point us in a direction that will prevent the recurrence.
I believe in the Second Amendment and that guns should be permitted for hunting and home protection. That being said, there is no valid excuse for military-type weapons and large-capacity magazines to be readily available — their only use is to kill.
It’s unreasonable to assume that if these assault-type weapons are outlawed they’ll be out of circulation, but I would like to offer another option. Use the same tactic that was used on cigarettes to reduce smoking. Add a tax on ammunition. A 9mm bullet costs about 12 cents. Add a dollar tax per bullet. The added tax would go a long way to reduce large-quantity ammunition purchases, and the added income would certainly help municipalities with their budgets and financial deficits.
The NRA suggested that there be more armed guards at all schools. Of course, this would introduce more guns into the school environ, but if this were to take place then perhaps we could hire combat veterans as guards. They are “pre-trained” and would help with their unemployment issues as they return home.
I don’t think that anyone has promoted the idea of total gun prohibition, but having a database of those who own should not be an issue to law-abiding citizens. New York City has mandatory jail time for possession of an unlicensed handgun with a very low gun killing rate…
Sooner than later, we’ll have to come up with a viable solution so there are no more senseless mass killings.