February 18th, 2014
This article presents a rather strong case for deregulation of handguns correlating with a rise in the murder rate in Missouri. Some might think this is egg on the face of pro-gun advocates. In reality, it’s an opportunity for pro-gun advocates to clarify their views.
You see, pro-gun advocates are not against firearm regulation.
Speaking for myself, I believe guns should be licensed in the same way another lethal instrument is licensed: the car. That is, citizens without a criminal record should be educated, required to take a written gun safety test and a gun usage proficiency test, and if they pass be issued with a license to own a gun (without any of this “why do you need it?” nonsense that’s so open to interpretation.) They should also have to recertify on a regular basis.
With that in mind, I think Missouri made a fatal mistake: “The study links the abandonment of the background check to an additional 60 or so murders occurring per year in Missouri between 2008 and 2012.” (emphasis mine)
My goal is to empower law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, and guns are often the most effective way to do so. At the same time, I want to keep guns OUT of the hands of criminals. A criminal background check is a means to that end.
So this is not an excuse for “tighter gun regulation” or another attempt to ban handguns. Rather, it is another opportunity to let common sense rule.