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GUNS: Safe-storage laws wouldn’t be enforceable

Letter by Diana L. Talbott, Fircrest on Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:48 am | No Comments »
January 7, 2013 1:21 pm

Not for the first time, I have read a reader suggestion that we could end our mass-murder-by-gun problem if we would just enforce “clear, tough gun storage laws” (letter, 1-4).

I appreciate conscientious, caring people who are desperately trying to figure out how we can avoid further gun slaughter in this country. I can’t even begin to imagine how this idea could ever be possibly implemented.

Many guns are owned by people who intentionally bought them under the radar, stole them in burglaries or traded drugs for them. They undoubtedly carry their weapons on them or in their car or keep them under their pillows at night. We will never, ever know who these people are or what guns they have in their possession because they don’t want to be known.

So, let’s just say that a gun-storage law goes into effect. Who would be in charge of going around checking every law-abiding legally registered gun owner’s home to make sure they actually have a gun safe and are really using it?

What if registered gun owners move or live out-of-state half the year? Could a monitored system be applied so that the gun-safe police would know via computer that all homes with guns are using their storage?

We will have to keep thinking and discussing the problems with guns in our society and how to keep further masacres and senseless murders from occurring. Praying will help, God willing.

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