Three types of gun ownership:
• hunting / recreation
I would posit that the [other] type of gun ownership is economically driven. Such a gun can get you prestige or rank but more importantly, enhanced economic possibility.
So, why not address this last point in true economic fashion — buy [other] type guns at economically enabling prices.
For a one week period, in high gun-crime areas, offer to purchase (through philanthropic or government largess) guns at unprecedented prices. $10k for a handgun. $12k for a shotgun, $15k for an automatic rifle. During this time, all gun stores in a wide area will be closed.
The fallout for this program will be considerable. Those who want to keep their guns for hunting or self defense, will do so. But a gun is now worth nearly as much as silver or gold — so it would be prudent to keep them in concealed locations — or better yet — locked up in a safe.
Those would would benefit from $10 or 20k influx of cash — this amount of money will change peoples’ lives.
Guns are removed from those areas where they most likely will do the most harm.
This program should be repeated, around the country, randomly, to extract the most dangerous guns from circulation.
2nd Amendment? Leave it intact. But make gun ownership an expensive proposition. Those who are economically challenged will know what to do with their firearms.
2 thoughts on “Gun problem cure”
If we raise the price paid for guns — even for a brief time — which industry will benefit? The gun industry of course. So, were such a plan as that mentioned above, to be put into place, other measures would have to be enacted to ensure that guns, cheap guns, don’t re-enter the market place. Double price — across the board. Those who *must* have a gun will pay the price, those who find that the $1k-2k price tag too high — won’t.
But additionally, to purchase a gun, any gun, anywhere, stricter rules must be put into place. Else guns make their way back into society.