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  •  I too am in favor of public education campaigns (3+ / 0-)

    that engage and motivate gun owners to think about where their guns are and whether they are secured every minute.

    E.g. Anyone who sleeps with a loaded gun next to the bed might not realize that they are exposing themselves and their family to injury/death by gunshot every time they leave that gun where it is, and take a shower, go downstairs for breakfast, are outside mowing the lawn, washing the car, etc.

    The number of unintentional shootings show us that there are many thousands of gun owners exposing their families every day, because they are in fact careless about their guns.

    IMO, sanctions for unintentional shootings should include loss of rights and training before rights can be restored. That places the burden on those with a demonstrated inability to secure their firearms, and doesn't place any new burden on experienced responsible gun owners.

    The other place I see room for increased responsibility - is to ask more of a seller. The RKBA does not include any right to sell or gift a gun to someone prohibited / incompetent to own one.

    If we become willing to ask more of the seller, I think that minimal firearm proficiency might cut down on straw purchases. The purchaser could be required to show they know how to load, unload and clear the weapon they want to buy. A simple firing accuracy test could show the seller whether the person stands correctly, holds the firearm correctly, and can at least hit the paper.

    That's the kind of training/preparation a potential buyer could receive from a family member or a friend, or take a class at a range, or take a short, on the spot training from the FFL or seller? Gun ranges and municipalities that what want to, could subsidize such training or offer it for free.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 01:23:15 PM PDT

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    •  PSA (4+ / 0-)

      "It's 10 PM. Do you know where your guns are?"

      Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

      by Dogs are fuzzy on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:47:22 PM PDT

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      •  I like that (3+ / 0-)

        followed by a doctor saying,

        https://www.nlm.nih.gov/...

        One-third of all families in America that have children also have guns, and more than 40 percent of them don't keep their guns locked up. Children younger than eight can't tell the difference between a real gun and a toy, and 3-year-olds are strong enough to pull the trigger on a real gun. Children and teens commit more than half of all unintentional shootings.

        The statement from the National Library of Medicine needs to be updated. As we've seen in the GunFail series, apparently trigger strengths are so weak in some guns that some 2-year-olds can even pull the trigger.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:51:34 PM PDT

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      •  And also, (3+ / 0-)

        "It's 7 AM, time to jump in the shower. Do you know where your guns are? Are they locked up?

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:54:41 PM PDT

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      •  And how about this (3+ / 0-)

        Setting: beautiful afternoon, back yard barbecue.

        It's a gorgeous day to get together for a cook out. Do you know where your guns are? Are they locked up?

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 02:56:43 PM PDT

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