By Keith R. Schmitz
For sure the gun problem -- and it is a problem -- can be solved and at least pushed towards sanity. But the fix will not be just one law and this will take years of dedication by people of good will.
Vice-President Joe Biden is getting the ball rolling and soon will have some ideas on gun management, a term which I think is better than "gun control" because it sounds less oppressive.
We need to throw ideas in from all parts.
There is no sane reason why military-style assault weapons need to be available to the general public except in comic book minds.
And why do we have them? Jim Fendry last month explained that his buddies love firing them off. Nice. His hobby is more important that the lives of those at Sandy Hook or the Aurora movie theater.
So how about a 2nd amendment solution? How about we let Fendry and his gun-firing friends keep their weapons.
They can fire them off at the range all they want and get their jollies. The only difference is that rather than bringing them home where someone can break in and steal the guns, or someone could flip out and mow down the neighborhood, the guns would have to locked up at the firing range.
Now this could not be just any firing range, but it must be a government sanctioned and inspected facility, just like an airport which is regulated and inspected.
Failure to store these weapons would result in a hefty fine and jail time. Think of it. We'd have an Al Capone tax-fraud style law that would enable us to round up the gang bangers if they fail to keep their guns where they belong.
So there's one idea. Got a better one? Let's hear it.