Guns should be inspected, registered
For the increased safety of all our citizens, America should require registration and annual inspection of every gun, civilian and military, manufactured and sold within and imported into America, as we do with vehicles. Autos kill, guns kill!
No gun "sale or giveaway" would be possible without a new inspection in the name of the new owner, or the previous owner would be held accountable for the whereabouts of the weapon, and subject to appropriate legal action.
Three immediate benefits of this new policy would be:
1) to reduce the number of murders by guns in America; 2) To severely curtail illegal "export" to and import from other countries; 3) The safety of the Mexican border area with the U.S.A. would be the first to benefit by this method, especially if the Mexican government also implemented this annual inspection system. The same goes for Canada and the Canadian-American border. 4) This inspection system, when implemented worldwide, would benefit all.
Thus, there should be reduced objections to such inspections because Americans may own such weapons, per the U.S. Constitution.
And the American public would be held responsible for every weapon we manufacture, buy and own.
There cannot be any more lame excuses that "somehow my gun was stolen" or "I lost it." Ownership safeguards would be more highly utilized.
Crimes would be more traceable to the current owner with a trail of ownership of every gun.
Daniel B. McElwain Jr.