Veteran Seattle radio host Dave Ross at KIRO-FM has offered a suggestion on how to prevent potentially dangerous people from buying guns by convincing gun dealers to require references from anybody trying to purchase a firearm.
It’s an idea that is stirring up some discussion on social media, and it comes at a time when lots of people acknowledge there is a problem but very few have any solutions that do not infringe on the Second Amendment. Even Ross’ idea could be a privacy violation.
“So suppose, for example,” Ross observed, “that gun dealers actually required references? And also insisted on talking to the customer’s family before the sale? They might find out the guy hasn’t been taking his medicine. They might turn up online rants expressing admiration for mass murderers. In which case they would do the responsible thing and politely decline to sell the weapon.
“If the gun shops agreed on that approach voluntarily,” he contended, “they would be the heroes, and the government wouldn’t have to get involved at all.”
Ross offered this suggestion just hours after veteran gun rights advocate Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, squared off with The Daily Wrap co-host Rick Ungar over possible solutions, or at least preventive measures, to address high-profile mass shootings. Both men acknowledged that there are no easy answer, at Gottlieb hit on one major problem with solutions offered so far by gun control advocates.
“Well, anytime there’s a tragedy,” Gottlieb said, “none of us are happy about it and we’d like to do something about it. But what these people want to do is basically take away our Second Amendment rights.
“None of these are ‘gun safety’ laws,” he explained. “They’re just using terminology to try to change and alter the debate, and change the narrative away from what they really want, which is gun bans and gun confiscations.”
These discussions come as President Barack Obama is planning to visit Roseburg, Oregon, site of last week’s tragic multiple shooting at Umpqua Community College, and Hillary Clinton’s virtual declaration of war on the National Rifle Association.
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