Gun Owners & Sellers Need to be Held Accountable to Save Lives
The article itself doesn't seem nearly as contentious as the title suggests. Dr. Webster describes a process by which we might move from a cultural debate to a policy debate.
A policy debate would start from generally agreed-upon goals -- and what I believe is an almost universally agreed-upon goal: Dangerous people shouldn't have guns. We must keep saying that and using evidence to back it up.
If we start from that premise and move to specific policies, we can focus on what measures can work. What is the alternative?
Which side is preventing this, do you think? I believe both sides accuse the other of being unreasonable and uncompromising. What do you think? Which is most at fault.
Here's the accountability part, speaking about the Johns Hopkins studies:
These findings debunk the notion that retailers have no role on this issue. We need to make it so that licensed sellers of guns are more accountable for what they do. The same thing applies to private sellers of firearms. States that regulate private sellers have significantly less gun trafficking than those that do not regulate gun transactions.
What do you think about that? Is it fair to place more focus on gun sellers? Isn't that where it often goes wrong?
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