For years now Republican legislatures across the country have been slowing chipping away at a women’s right to have an abortion by adding a litany of unnecessary regulations meant to put legitimate health care operations out of business.
Instead of waiting for the president or Congress to implement sweeping changes in gun laws, Democrats in state legislatures should take a page out of the Republican playbook and start chipping away at the availability of guns in their state.
They could start by setting limits on what types of stores can sell firearms. States like Delaware, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wyoming don’t allow alcohol sales at the same stores you can purchase toys or groceries, at so why should we sell firearms at these establishments?
Next they could require all locations that sell firearms have an area onsite where the purchaser can demonstrate they understand how to properly use the weapon or be given a quick tutorial by a qualified staff member. After all you can’t drive a car off the lot without having a license that proves you are qualified to operate the vehicle, so why would we sell a firearm to someone who might not know how to use it safely?
They could also require all stores that sell firearms to have an armed guard on site 24/7 since such a measure is the only possible way to assure that these weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands from something like a robbery. Anecdotal evidence proves that gun stores have been robbed before, and given that guns don’t kill people, they clearly need to be protected.
Additionally they could require that an FBI agent be present for the purchase of any firearm. Instead of letting an unqualified store clerk run an FBI background check, the work should be left to the professionals at the FBI. This would limit the number of errors that currently plague the system.
Finally they could also require applicants to be independently screened to make sure they aren’t being coerced into purchasing a firearm. This would stop the pervasive problem of people showing up at a gun store and being forced to buy a weapon they don’t want.
Pro-life activists around the country should start emailing their state representatives with their ideas on how to protect everyone involved in the firearms purchase process.
Of course gun rights advocates will be up in arms over these changes but we must make it a priority to protect the rights of the unarmed because they can’t protect themselves.