This is a guest piece from Bob Walsh, a blogger from California. Bob is very familiar with firearms and has blogged about individual arms in the past. I enjoy his writings and hope that he will guest blog on a regular basis.
IF YOU WANT TO OWN A GUN AND LIKE SHOOTING YOU ARE TOO CRAZY TO BE ALLOWED TO OWN A GUN
by Bob Walsh
The latest abomination, this time a school shooting in Florida, is bringing the psychopaths out of the woodwork. It seems that this young man left enough bread crumbs that seemed to indicated he might have been a problem that somebody should have noticed. A LOT of the kids at the school had said to each other than this guy was the student most likely to go 5150 and shoot up the school.
Almost everybody agrees that dangerous crazy people should not own or have access to guns. Trouble is who defines the parameters and who makes the decisions at what stages.
Is it the ex-girlfriend who got dumped and wants some payback? Is it the extreme liberal school counselor who thinks that anybody who wants to own gun is crazy? Should the local cops be allowed to seize guns (temporarily) from people that they think are scary? Should you have to have a psych interview to be able to get some sort of a certificate to own a gun? If you are seeing a shrink for ANY REASON should you be prohibited from owning a gun? If you are on anti=depressants should you be prohibited from owning a gun?
I don't have the answers. I don't even know most of the questions. I do know this. We live in what is basically a free and open society. There are risks, and costs, that come with living in a free and open society. How much risk is too much? How much infringement on our basic freedoms are we willing to accept to mitigate some of that risk?
Damned if I know.