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My Ideas On How To Limit Mass Shootings AND The Availability Of Gun

My Ideas On How To Limit Mass Shootings AND The Availability Of Gun

I initially had no hope that more gun regulation would stop mass shootings because the only way to do this is to completely eliminate guns. Then I began thinking of ideas for gun control, making sure to address the two problems that I see with a total ban:

(1). The virtual impossibility of a constitutional amendment and

(2). The virtual impossibility of dealing with the 300 million guns already out there (plus the black market in guns).

I think the real question is c an we really tolerate more of these mass shootings without doing anything to try to prevent them? It’s comforting that although so many Americans who are polarized on various issues of the day can find common ground to address and rally behind these horrendous acts .

Some People Have And Will Express The Following Concerns:

* Attorney William Crosby, for example, says: “Regardless of the existence of millions of semi-automatic handguns and other assault-type weapons that would be available on the black market, we have to start somewhere. There should be strict licensing requirements for the possession of guns and Draconian penalties for possessing illegal weapons.”

* We do require registration and I don’t think harsher penalties are deterrents to insane shooters who generally kill themselves anyway.

You may have ideas of your own. However, I think these are some  interesting ideas on gun control, many revolving around economic incentives and disincentives.

A Nationwide Guns For Cash Program 

Assuming assault weapons were banned and people were asked to turn in their guns for cash . You would be surprised what people will do for cash. This will not completely stop the violence but maybe it’s a start, and if we can save just a few children and lives it’s worth it.

LOS ANGELES–A One-Day Gun-Buyback Program In Los Angeles Brought in 2,037 Firearms. 

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office said the weapons collected Wednesday included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons.

Long lines of cars and people showed up at two locations to exchange their weapons for supermarket gift cards worth as much as $200 depending on the type of gun.

Officials were mindful of both the massacre of students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., and a gunman’s ambush that killed two firefighters in Webster, N.Y.

The buyback is usually held in May but was moved up in response to the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“All of us are still mourning the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “So many young innocent children were mass-murdered in the way that they were, and now the assassination of two firefighters…just breaks the heart of so many of us, particularly in this holiday season.”

The anonymous buyback program allowed weapons to be turned in with no questions asked.

Reps. Connolly and Deutch Launch Effort to Add Gun Buyback Provision to Fiscal Cliff Deal

December 20, 2012,

Congressman Gerry Connolly’s 11th Congressional District in Northern Virginia includes the headquarters of the NRA.  Six of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, including the shooter, were from Connolly’s District. Earlier this week, a column from Connolly on the subject appeared in the New York Times Opinion Pages. – 

Congressmen Gerry Connolly of Virginia and Ted Deutch of Florida want to see a $200 million gun buyback program added to any final fiscal cliff deal in Congress and they are asking their House colleagues to join them in signing their letter to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

“Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation,” Connolly and Deutch said in a “Dear Colleague” to House members.  “Adding $200 million to the final compromise on the fiscal cliff could remove as many as 1 million guns from our streets.”  Noting that such programs are supported by law enforcement agencies as a valuable resource for reducing gun violence, the two congressmen said including the gun buyback program in any year-end deal “is a simple, immediate step we can take to assure the public we are committed to taking meaningful action.” 

In their letter to Boehner and Pelosi, Connolly and Deutch said federal financial support to help local communities and states conduct buyback programs could also bolster local economic activity.  “Distributing funding to the States to run buyback programs using pre-paid debit cards with a three-month expiration date could provide a jolt to local economies that have stagnated in the wake of the recession and concerns over the fiscal cliff.”

“The murder of 20 youngsters and six educators in their classrooms has galvanized the public’s desire for immediate action, and partnering with the States on a nationwide gun buyback program is a modest, common-sense start,” the two congressmen said.

Feel Free to Call or Send The Following Letter to Both Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi! 

Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, 

Please join us in signing the attached letter to House Leadership urging that they include a one-time gun buyback program in the final compromise to avert a fiscal cliff. No doubt, you continue to hear from constituents who are saddened over the wrenching tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and are looking to Congress for action to reduce these incidents of gun violence. Adding $200 million to the final compromise could remove as many as 1 million guns from our streets.

Include gun buyback in fiscal cliff deal 

Adding $200 million to final deal would remove dangerous weapons from our streets and inject cash into local economies

While we look forward to a robust debate of the complex issues surrounding gun safety in the next Congress, including a gun buyback program in the year-end deal is a simple, immediate step we can take to assure the public we are committed to taking meaningful action. Gun buybacks have proven successful in communities across the nation and are supported by law enforcement agencies as a valuable resource for reducing gun violence.

Thank you for your consideration. To sign the letter, please contact Dominic Bonaiuto in Congressman Connolly’s office at or Ellen McLaren in Congressman Deutch’s office at




A Bullet Tax 

A $10.00 per bullet tax … would get around all your issues. Except for the gazillion rounds out there now.

Gun Liability Insurance 

Requiring gun owners to have liability insurance would make them more responsible about who they gave access to their guns.

Chips In Guns 

As a technology-based idea I think gun-tracking has merit. Put chips in guns.

Gun sensors are placed at the 100-foot boundaries of schools, city halls, subways, etc. to detect guns … and who is the registered owner. Police and local securi t y person n el have time to prepare, knowing a gun is approaching.

I think some kind of “smart guns” solution has promise .


* Stigmatize Gun se And Abuse

* Increase The Price Of Legal Guns To Exorbitant Levels

* Ban Hunting Except With Rented Guns To Qualified Individuals 

* Publish Lists of (Concealed Weapons) Applicants

* Federal Investigation of The NRA

* Develop Specific Psychiatric Diagnoses For Gun Abuse, For Fixation On Guns And Gunplay, For Obsessional Use, For Identity Issues Mixed With Guns, And Treatment Plans.

Please also submit your ideas for consideration to: 

Ideas From The Whitehouse:

  • Require Background Checks For All Gun Sales
  • Strengthen The Background Check System For Gun Sales
  • Pass A New, Stronger Ban On Assault Weapons
  • Limit Ammunition Magazines To 10 Rounds
  • Finish The Job Of Getting Armor-Piercing Bullets Off The Streets
  • Give Law Enforcement Additional Tools To Prevent And Prosecute Gun Crime
  • End The Freeze On Gun Violence Research
  • Make Our Schools Safer With New Resource Officers And Counselors, Better Emergency Response Plans, And More Nurturing School Climates
  • Ensure Quality Coverage Of Mental Health Treatment, Particularly For Young People

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#NowIsTheTime To Give Law Enforcement The Tools They Need To Prevent And Prosecute Gun Crime

Congress should pass legislation that goes beyond closing the “gun show loophole” to require background checks for all firearm sales, with limited, common-sense exceptions for cases like certain transfers between family members and temporary transfers for hunting and sporting purposes.

Reenact The Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law!

Due to the traumatizing events that occurred on December 14, 2012 at 9:30am at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut , we the people should fight to have the Federal Assault Weapons Ban reenacted and put into federal law. This ban was put into law on September 13, 1994 and expired September 13, 2004. It made it so people could not hold and sell semi-automatic pistols, rifles and shotguns that met the qualifications of the ban. The ban was part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement act of 1994 .

(Buy / Rent / Layaway) 

We don’t need for there to be another ban, because bans expire. We need this ban to be put into law. We need these qualified assault rifles to no longer be able to be sold to civilians and we need it now because the only way that crime will deteriorate with these kinds of weapons, is if there is federal restraint put on them.

To read more on the ban, please click here:

There have been many attempts to reenact this bill, but none have made it to the floor of the legislature for a vote. This is where we come in. Due to the tragic events at Sandy Hook , there needs to be action taken by the government regarding assault weapons. What other motive do we need? 27 Innocent lives lost. Innocent, beautiful, children’s lives were lost. YOU by signing this petition can show the government we mean business and we never want a tragedy like what happened at Sandy Hook to happen again.

By putting this ban into law we can do that, and make it much harder for people to attain these weapons of mass murder. Is this in protest of our second amendment rights? No. That’s not what we are out to protest, some guns can be found

to be necessary in some circumstances, but, we want guns that are made to kill scores of people, that can fire and kill multiple rounds in one load, (as classified by the ban) to be off the street.

We want life to continue, like we wish we could have the beautiful children and their teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut , lives back. We do not need to have our lives disrupted by people with the se types of guns e ver again .

And, to those of you who believe that people kill p eople and that guns don’t kill people. You’re right. But, if we ban these special kind s of guns it would make it so much harder for these weapons to get into the hands of these kinds of people who use them irresponsibly.

Petition by 
Charlotte Horan 

Sudbury, United States 

To:  The Government 

Reenact the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and Make it Law. 


[Your name]

You Can Read And Sign Other Petitions Started In Response To The Tragedy In Newtown By Clicking Here.

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