I am a member of the NRA and have been since I was 12. I own handguns,
rifles and shotguns. I use these guns for two things; I shoot competitively
and I carry one for protection - not just for my protection but for those
around me as well.
I have taken safety classes ever since I was a member. I have taught my
fiancée, Jenn, how to handle handguns and long guns responsibly as
well. She, too will be taking some NRA-approved safety classes this summer.
I will also get her a handgun as a wedding gift and help her apply for her
concealed carry permit.
I understand where both sides of this argument come from. I don't think
there are many people who are against decent safety measures such as trigger
locks, or waiting periods to purchase handguns (except for collectors).
Where people (Second Amendment Sisters and the like)
get upset is with the licensing and registration. I, personally don't care
if I have to register my weapons and become licensed.
Let's assume that I register my handgun and become licensed. What happens
when someone steals my trigger-locked weapon? They cut the lock off and
are now the newly unlicensed owner of my handgun.
What happens if I want to sell my handgun? Is it my responsibility to tell
the buyer that they have to wait 3 days? Am I to file a report with the
FBI? Am I required to see if they are licensed?
What happens when a legally licensed gun owner shoots 9 people with her
legally registered handgun? Did the law work? No.
It won't work. People are going to get their hands on guns the same way
I could get anything I wanted when I was a kid. If my parents had locks
- I could find the key. I knew everything and where everything was. I could
get people to buy me beer when I was ten. I could buy cigarettes from vending
machines. I could drive my parents car late at night when I was too young
Existing laws are doing as much as can be done. They just need to be enforced
better. People should support the NRA for providing safety classes.
What eventually happens is that if these two issues ARE made into law -
and nothing changes - then the Million
Moms will have to do something else, like go through the new list of
licensed gun owners and ask them to turn in their registered guns.
Will Lyster (electronic mail, May 19, 2000).