Once again our nation is faced with a deadly shooting inside of a school. Children were murdered. Politicians will offer thoughts and prayers.
Safety rules have been put into place in industries across America, usually after terrible tragedies that led the industry to want to be safer.
On January 1, 1968, Title 49 of the United States Code Chapter 301 required all vehicles to be fitted with seat belts in all seating positions after studies showed that seat belted passengers had a much higher likelihood of survival in a crash.
In 1972, after an influx of unsafe products, the government instituted the Consumer Protection Safety Act due to "an unacceptable number of consumer products which present unreasonable risks of injury". See 15 U.S.C. Section 2051. See the law. This law has since been updated and reaffirmed several times, most recently in 2008 to protect Americans from unsafe products.
In 1990 after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound off the shore of Alaska, Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to hold the owner of the vessel or facility that spills oil responsible for cleanup costs and economic costs to protect us all from harm. See the law.
In 2001, When one individual attempted to blow up a plane with plastic explosives in his shoes on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, the entire industry instituted an immediate safety rule that every passenger, unless they underwent an extensive background check and obtained a known traveler number, had to remove their shoes for screening.
To drive a car, you must pass a driving test, obtain a driver license, register your vehicle, and have insurance. Why should guns be any different?
If you insist on relying on the constitutional right to bear arms, keep in mind that laws evolve. Did our founding fathers foresee automatic or semi-automatic weapons, let alone such weapons being available to the general public? At some point, reasonable safety rules must rise to the top. If passing a shooting test, obtaining a gun license, registering your gun, and having insurance for injuries resulting from the gun is too much for you to handle, you shouldn't have a gun anyway. If you say, gun control wouldn't have stopped this anyway, how can you say that if we haven't tried? Why is it, that other countries institute gun safety laws and mass shootings stop? Is it worth trying something new instead of just giving thoughts and prayers and waiting for the news to pass until the next shooting?
What will it take for our country to institute common sense safety rules to keep us all safe from harm and death?