Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky’s bill will force gun owners to undergo mental health background checks, acquire liability insurance, pay an additional 25% tax on all forms of ammunition, and require firearms categorized as “assault weapons” to be stored outside of their homes and only at government approved storage depots.
“This bill is a comprehensive effort to reduce all types of gun violence – murders, intentional shootings, accidental shootings and suicides. There is not one solution to reducing gun violence – we can’t eliminate it – but there are a lot of common-sense steps that we can take to significantly reduce the everyday tragedy of gun violence and deaths,” said Linsky.
“I have spoken with hundreds of people over the past few weeks in developing this legislation – victims, police officers, criminologists, physicians, and yes – gun owners and sportsmen,” stated Linsky. “There are a lot of good ideas out there. We should all have one goal – reducing gun violence and trying to keep more tragedies from happening.”
Provisions in the bill include:
Having one standard of the issuance of all gun licenses, giving local police chiefs the ability to evaluate all aspects of an application for a gun license.
Requires proof of liability insurance for possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun.
Requires that all large capacity weapons and grandfathered assault weapons must be stored at gun clubs or target ranges.
Requires live shooting as part of the curriculum for a basic firearms safety course; this is not a current requirement.
Requires all applicants for gun licenses and FID cards to sign a waiver of mental health records for review to be destroyed after decision.
Imposes 25% sales tax on ammunition, firearms, shotguns, and rifles; dedicates funds towards firearms licensing, police training, mental health services, and victim’s services.
Brings Massachusetts into compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Limits gun buyers to one firearm purchase per month.
Richard Buckminster Fuller’s Plan & Quotes:
Ephemeralization – technological advancement has the ability to do more and more with less and less until eventually you can do everything with nothing. Ephemeralization will result in ever-increasing standards of living for an ever-growing population despite finite resources.
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Oh, and another thing, notice they want to tax YOU so they siphon off the funds for “training”! Sweet Jebus! All the training in the world didn’t get those wankers there any quicker did it? These have to be the best trained goons on the planet. Trained to ignore you, trained to shoot unarmed and innocent civilians, trained to speed recklessly, trained to bully you in your own homes, trained to be the arrogant bastards that they are, trained to janitor up the scene of your demise, trained ultimately to fail you.
So who is speaking against this lunatics proposals in Massachusetts? Where are the cajones?
This is leading up to another Prohibition, and we all know how well THAT went.
First and foremost, the main problem is not guns themselves, but guns in the hands of the wrong people, mainly criminals, and criminals don’t care what laws are passed, they do and have what they want. Since nearly all mass shootings occur where guns are not allowed in the first place, what good are rules/laws meant to control those who readily break laws? If the problem is guns in the wrong hands–and that can never be completely prevented–the answer is guns in the right hands; allow properly trained individuals to carry concealed weapons in currently “gun free” areas to defend those who are unarmed. I wonder how many faculty members caught in these school shootings thought, “Damn, I wish I had my gun right now!” Another point supporting this line of thought is that these assailants KNOW there are no guns there and the people are defenseless. If they thought there might be someone there able to respond in kind, they will likely think twice about doing it in the first place, and, if not, at least their shooting spree could be cut much shorter.
I want to express CONCEALED and TRAINED. I think a significant number of faculty members, likely mostly men, would be interested in undergoing advanced training and quietly carrying a weapon in exchange for a small monthly addition to their paycheck, providing the public with a sort of insurance against such extensive massacres. A perfect solution? No,of course not, but this isn’t a perfect world and, despite the dreams of unrealistic “liberals”, it can never possibly be a perfect world, but statistics show that where gun freedom is at its highest extent, gun violence is at its lowest.
The argument “we don’t want a wild-west scenario” doesn’t “wash”, because, even with so many men carrying guns on their hips, the per-capita murder rate was extremely low. Why? because everyone knew, if you pulled your gun, anyone else could pull theirs and you might die, yourself. Pretty good deterant, huh? Better than some wimpy little words and rules on a paper somewhere.
Your points are all exactly on-target, as we say in gun world 🙂
I’m not sure about calling it “Prohibition”.
On the one hand, it might remind people of a failed policy and work. On the other, it might lead to complacency; because Prohibition was repealed successfully.
This is different. This will NEVER be repealed once in force; because it will be the end of freedom.
It’s that serious.
This sounds like the clover plan to rid the roads of bicyclists.
To require insurance, registration, licensing, safety regulation, etc and so on…. to drive the costs and annoyances so high that few will do it.
How about gun safety courses taught at high schools?
What about all the (largely ignored) side effects of all the mind altering medications that can lead to suicide and overly-aggressive behavior? http://medicalwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2011/09/mass-violence-caused-by-anti.html
How ’bout an invite to go with? This site has so many broken links its good that it works (for now) but you need to be invited!