Xarlaxas wrote:Actually, I have a query for Feud vis-a-vis gun law too. Would you be for making it a requirement that people have training in gun safety and use before being able to own guns?
That would seem to me to be a sensible compromise, if people who own guns can aim and know how a safety works, and other stuff like "always assume the gun is loaded" etc. it would probably help lower the amount of accidental gun deaths. . . .
The thing about accidental shootings is that requiring a class probably wouldn't do anything to really fix the problem. Most of the accidental shooting deaths come as a result of negligence, not ignorance. A class can't teach maturity, experience, or proper respect with a potentially dangerous instrument, and the amount of teenage auto deaths despite driver's education courses is a testament to that.
I would be against such a law, unless the classes were free, available sufficiently to accommodate virtually any schedule (so as to not make it financially burdensome upon the poor), and were not used in a manner similar to literacy tests as to exclude people from ownership due to unrealistic standards of testing. Even then I'm not very enthusiastic about the idea, as the requirement of classes means that there would be a requirement of government approval. Such seems contrary to both the spirit and letter of the law.
If the point is to educate then I think the requirement should be that when purchasing from a dealer that, as part of the paper work, a form or something listing the 4 basic firearms rules (always treat every
gun as if it were loaded at all times, never put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire, never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy, be sure of your target and beyond) plus any other information thought needful, that would require initials after each point and a signature at the bottom stating you've read it and understand it.
That being said, anyone who wants to own and use guns and doesn't take the steps to receive official training on their operation is, in my opinion, a fool. The NRA and various other groups usually offer courses like that for little or no money, and though it might not teach you any safety rules you didn't already know there are numerous techniques and skills involved that a person really needs to be aware of (stances, grips, breathing, how to sight the gun, what to do when it jams, proper cleaning, storage, etc).
Mas Tnega wrote:I can't blame your computer, I'd consider anything by U2 to be antidata too.
That computers seem to have gained the ability to gauge qualitative worth is rather troubling, I'm off to see what it thins of my fiction writing...