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    As we saw in the Adam Lanza case, the person with a mental illness didn't have to purchase the gun to have access to the gun.   His mother was not a "straw purchaser".   She actually bought the guns for her own use, but shared them, and went to the shooting range with her son, allowing him to use her weapons.  

    So, to stop the mentally ill person from using a gun, which is the real objective, then you are not just talking about blocking gun ownership.   You are talking about blocking gun access.   You are talking about licensing gun users, even those who do not own firearms.

    And, then you are assuming that mentally ill person who uses a gun in order to commit mass murder is actually concerned with licensing laws.   The only way such laws are effective, are if they effectively BLOCK ACCESS, in a similar manner as liquor laws or laws pertaining to driving a vehicle, so that each person is criminally liable for allowing their gun to be used by a person who is not authorized to use a gun.  

    It has to be a law that makes it difficult in practice for a mentally ill person to gain access to a gun, because everyone who has access to the gun is preventing others from accessing it, out of fear of liability or prosecution.


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