Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA 13th)
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Rep. Barbara Lee
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

February 23, 2013

GUN CONTROL OR GUNS OUT OF CONTROL: Which Do You Prefer?

Guns versus Cars - A stark contrast

Vehicles were designed and built primarily for transportation.
Firearms were designed and built primarily for killing.

Vehicles are rarely used for suicide or homicide, but are mostly involved in accidents.
Firearms are rarely involved in accidents, but are used mostly for suicide and homicide.

When a vehicle is instrumental in taking lives, such an incident is usually involuntary, without any intent of violence, and is usually classified as an accident.
When a firearm is instrumental in taking lives, such an incident is usually voluntary, with an intent of violence, and is usually classified as a homicide or a suicide.

People tend to be less negative about losing lives to involuntary accidents.
People are very strongly negative about deliberate acts of violence.

People in general tend to look upon vehicles as being very important to their way of life.
People in general tend to look upon firearms as a potential threat to their way of life.

Motor vehicles are very heavily regulated with regard to safety.
Firearms are subject to relatively few regulations with regard to safety.

Why can't we regulate guns as we do automobiles?

Register ALL guns, and renew on an annual basis.
License ALL gun users for no more than five years at a time.
Require liability insurance for ALL gun owners and users.
Require in-person purchases by the owner and require a valid, government-issued phot ID and backgroun check for each purchaser.
Restrict ALL automatic and semi-automatic weapons, based upon absolute need.
Restrict ALL magazines to a reasonable number of shells.
Require trigger locks and safe lockable gun storage in a secure storage unit or safe, preferably alarmed.

These steps won't eliminate all the bloodshed, but at least they would be a good step in the right direction.

Whatever we do, it needs to be a giant step forward, and not just a few baby steps.


Oakland , CA