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In this case, the permit holder evidently was Nancy Lanza, who’s life ended at the hand of her own son Adam. However the very fact that an individual close to a permit holder can gain access to these types of weapons and use them as tools of mass carnage demonstrates that such weapons have no place in our society. Noah and the 25 other victims whose lives ended tragically that day were stripped of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is not about the right to bear arms, it is about the right to bear weapons with the capacity for mass destruction. Speed kills, as with motor vehicles.
Which brings me to our next point: Just as each motor vehicle is required to be registered whether bought from a dealer or from a private sale, all firearms without exception, should be registered. Everyone who drives a car has to be tested and licensed to ensure public safety. The same should be required of gun owners. In addition, motor vehicle owners are required to carry liability insurance on their vehicles. Again, the same should apply to gun owners. This would shift the onus of evaluating risks involved onto the private sector. The use of firearms results in the deaths of more than 30,000 Americans annually. There is no question they’re inherently and profoundly dangerous to our society.
Consequently owners should bear the risk and ultimate socio-economic costs. When a individual purchases a motor vehicle, there their insurance underwriters their risk, according to their age, driving record, type of vehicle, frequency and location of usage, and a multitude of other factors. For instance a driver with prior DUI convictions may not be insurable at all.
Similarly, one should be required by law to have a policy in place before applying in place to be required for a gun permit. Every potential seller will have to verify the policy is in place before making a transaction.
Additionally, just as each gallon of gasoline we consume is taxed in order to finance the maintenance of our transportation infrastructure, or each pack of cigarettes is taxed to fund tobacco-related health education and disease research, it seems reasonable to impose a substantial tax on ammunition to help pay for extra security needed in school s to protect our children and others from those who would threaten their safety.