The U. S. banned so called assault weapons for 10 years and it no discernible reduction in related gun crime because of it. The studies by government health officials called it a failure. In fact, mass shootings went up and school shootings started with the accompanying gun free zone.
I have 8 points that will work. We can start by keeping dangerous weapons from dangerous people and we continue by changing the paradigm of people especially those at risk. The solution is not all in the realm of government.
- We need to make background checks work better by insuring the information is up to date. We also need to make them easily available for private sales. You should not be mandated to do so at a purely private sale, but if you use it, you should have protection from any liability. Intentional straw purchases or transfers to prohibited people should be punished more harshly.
- Don’t punish all 18 to 21 year-olds who like target shooting and hunting or preparing for careers in the military. Examine the California (of all places) Gun Violence Reduction Act. It actually gets the government out of primary position and empowers the family to keep or remove temporarily weapons from people who are dangerous or in a very dark place yet protects the due process rights of the individuals. It utilizes the courts much in the same way as a PFA. Family usually knows best. If someone is making threats or is a danger hear them. There would be no Newtown or Broward County if the families were heard when they went to law enforcement.
- The drug problem is driving violence in our society That takes its own set of solutions. Stay tuned in May.
- Utilize modern technology to identify shots fired, their locations and activate cameras to take pictures in real time. Police can be in the right place in minutes.
- We need to focus on creating mental wellness by teaching people how to be successful in relationships. This is long term but vital. I have written extensively on this. Stop being mental illness driven and teach how to relate to people, how to handle stress, and a positive mental attitude. Dr. Glasser has a great model. The Yes, I Can curriculum has been enormously successful for decades to name two.
- Government cannot change hearts. We need to stop putting barriers in place of our faith institutions. They are not a burden but a blessing to society. We need to allow them in our neighborhoods, we need to allow home Bible studies. We need nonsectarian partnerships with our faith institutions. Delaware needs to join the faith-based initiative movement. The High Court allows many things. We need to allow released time style programs after school and allow faith-based institutions to rent rooms to run after school programs or even provide lunch nearby. We need to allow greater partnerships with the prisons and especially probation and parole and faith-based rehabilitation like the Prison Fellowship and Teen Challenge models in Texas that proved to work to reduce recidivism.
- We need to break the cycle of recidivism. That deserves its own piece. Then for those who do, we need to stop holding them back economically. After 7 years of being clean, Misdemeanors should automatically be removed. I support a PA style Clean Slate Act. Stop tying up the courts and pardon boards and making the attorneys money with pardon and expungement for misdemeanors. Republicans in Pa are right. Save the reviews for felonies. Then I like a ten year limit on felonies being an employer disqualification question for all but a few jobs.
- Stop undermining the family. We need to help strengthen families when we design policies.