Is it possible to create a voluntary firearm background check system?Submitted by Tyschev on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 19:25
Can we come up with a new solution or conversation to have about the Right to own firearms? Is it possible to convince a majority that we as individuals are more capable of better solutions than the government? Something positive needs thought up and hopefully taken viral by people from both sides of the argument. The basic Libertarian agenda is to remove the thumb of force against our private lives. The portion of people who dislike gun ownership are basically scared of them. It might be possible to come up with a better solution that keeps both sides happy. Gun knowledge, training and usability might even improve.
My idea came from trying to think of a way families can take back responsibility and control of themselves. Create a voluntary form of the background check that is moderated by the direct family members of any individual. Most of us are angry that the government would be the power in control of any 'list'. The old saying of once power is given it can't be taken back comes to mind. The voluntary list would need legal repercussions built in for the chance of spiteful family causing problems. In my view the family is in a much better position to view state of mind than any government ever could. Family being in control for reasons such as mental problems or periods of depression. From the news stories it seems something like this would be the only effective option at stopping some of our 'mass' shootings.
What are the unintended consequences? Can the consequences be mitigated enough to be acceptable long term? Would such a willing registration option be strong enough reason for anti-gun folks to accept and even help push the idea forward? Would the basic idea spread to new areas engaging more personal freedom with less government intrusion? What we really need is for Many more folks to understand that intrusion is bad in all ways.
How is the general public convinced of their beliefs? It seems to me that they are convinced by the cheery happy propaganda used. Is it possible to create an alternative perspective to in effect put the intrusive corrupt political practices in the spotlight instead of the public 'safety' claim? I think this is easiest done using positive tactics rather than fighting fear with fear. Creating great conversations that bridge the political extremes is the easiest way to make politicians look stupid for intrusive rules. When the politicians look dumb and corrupt for pushing agendas against ALL people then they will have no choice but to back down.
You may not agree and I can't say that I do completely either. I do know that new methods need found and presented that actually make sense. Drugs, guns, speech, trials, property. Even during the revolution a 'majority' were not engaged. They float along like people usually do. New solutions need thought up and suggested that are capable of calling out dangerous legislation before the political corrupt schemes can create harm.