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So I'm completely spit-balling here, and this is going to be really short cause I'm super busy finishing up work and packing for Disney World... I'm going to ignore the squiggly and put it all up here.

It's obvious we aren't going to "get rid" of guns in this country. It's just not possible. But what if we can change the fundamental way that guns are bought and sold in this country?

What if we say guns are no longer a for profit industry. No more guns in Wal Mart, no more private gun shows, and no more local gun shops. If you want a gun, you're issued one from the federal government or you go to some federally owned and operated gun store. It's also only there that you can purchase your bullets and other ammo.

This way guns are still available for whoever wants them, but more easily trackable, and it removes the power of the NRA who really only care about gun sales and profits anyways. Take the profit away and you take away the incentive to get guns into the hands of as many people as possible.

Obviously there's a ton of logistics here and there would be hella pushback from the for profit gun and ammo industry, but it's a solution that might actually garner some support because it doesn't remove the ability to buy firearms.

Also, TAX the ever-loving shit out of all guns and even more on ammo. We have so called "Sin" taxes. Well, why not have an "ability to kill people" tax and jack that shit up to 50% or something. Seriously.

OK, gotta run. Just sharing my thoughts.

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  •  Will never happen (1+ / 0-)
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    Pete Cortez

    Not in this country

  •  I agree, especially about eliminating profits. (6+ / 0-)

    Even if we were to fully concede a deranged NRA-style interpretation of the 2nd Amendment - which I don't - there is no basis whatsoever to say that people have a right to make a profit from the manufacture and sale of guns.  If they are serious about having guns, they can form nonprofit organizations to build and distribute them.  There is no longer any justification to tolerate the existence of an industry with an incentive to promote mayhem.

    In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

    by Troubadour on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:01:02 PM PST

  •  "Well-regulated" (3+ / 0-)
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    skyounkin, phonegery, Miggles

    Let's well-regulate guns. At least as well as cars and airplanes and other machines.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:07:37 PM PST

  •  All I can say about this idea at this time (4+ / 0-)

    is WOW!!! At first blush, I really like it.

    "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's the thing you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain

    by Expat Okie on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:10:54 PM PST

  •  As far as I understand that's roughly (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    how things work in Mexico.

    With the exception that there is only one (1) place where you can get guns in the whole country and you have to pick up your purchase in person.

    I think that would work for the US as well and I would nominate one of the Aleutian islands as the location for that one store.

    Republicans believe you need an ID to vote but you can donate millions to any candidate completely anonymously. (h/t jbou)

    by Calouste on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:14:13 PM PST

  •  While I sympathize philosophically with this idea (3+ / 0-)
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    Pete Cortez, annieli, Illinois IRV

    I find it far more extreme and intrusive than various registration and tracking proposals by various organizations that have, largely,  been political non-starters.  

    Important reforms are rarely won in big pieces, but unusually come about incrementally. So far, we haven't even managed to outlaw assault weapons nationally or meaningfully control their distribution. I see little hope for ideas that involve even more extreme regulatory measures.

    Aren't you glad that the clueless won't get a chance to run the country again, just yet? Yeah. Me too.

    by LeftOfYou on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:24:59 PM PST

  •  Step 1: Have real gun licenses (3+ / 0-)

    Spend 50 hours in classroom and field just like driving a car. Sell it like driving car.  If you can spend a week learning to drive you can spend a week learning how to handle a gun.

    Require bi-annual continuing ed training just like other professions that deal with dangerous issues.

    Of course increase mental health funding as part of Obamacare.  Increase VA mental health funding, etc...

  •  Too much govmint and taxes... (3+ / 0-)
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    DenisL, Illinois IRV, Miggles

    ...for the wingnuts to accept, but how about a "free market" solution?

    All gun owners must have insurance. No insurance? No gun.

    If you are a hunter with no criminal record, arrests for violence (domestic or otherwise) then your premiums would be low. But say you own a number of handguns, a semi-automatic assault rifle and body armor, guess what? Your premiums will be much much higher. You still have the right to have them, it's just you have to be prepared to pony up hundreds a month for the privilege. And trust me, once the insurance companies get hit with a few multi-million dollar lawsuits, they'll very quickly find out who and what is high-risk.

    •  Kind of like having to carry extra (0+ / 0-)

      insurance for owning a so-called "dangerous" breed of dog.

      OTOH, how will the gun-right folks protect themselves from the gubmint if they have to GET their guns from the gubmint?

      I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio. -- Gerald R. Ford

      by mideedah on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 07:13:09 PM PST

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