A Near Perfect Solution for Gun Crimes
- “An 11-year-old boy is accused of killing his 8-year-old neighbor with his dad's shot gun.” White Pine, TN
- “Gunman was student in class where he killed 9.” - Oregon
- “The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, when a 20-year-old fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members” - Newton, CT
We spend so much time talking about adding more gun control or implementing better mental health programs. None of these will work. Take away the guns and, next thing you know, the crazy person will throw a Molotov cocktail inside a movie theatre instead.
In the above examples, the parents of the children were fully involved in the purchasing of the gun(s) or knew of their existence in their homes. They should also be held criminally negligent and have to account for the crimes.
- In the White Pine , the father’s shotgun was used in the shooting. The father should have secured his gun.
- In the Oregon case, the mother knew that her son had purchased over a dozen guns and had seen most on many occasions. The mother should have consulted with authorities or mental health people.
- In the Newton case, the mother of the shooter owned the guns and on many occasions took her son to the shooting range. She should have secured the gun.
Here is a much simpler solution. Yes it will be hard to implement, but I am more than willing to abide by the law should it ever be implemented.
Here is the text of the law:
“Anyone who knowingly houses a gun on their premise (e.g., their home, office, car, etc.), with which a crime is committed, will also be held to account.”
Simply put, you expand the circle of responsibility to others around the criminal, thus making the people nearest to them somewhat responsible to pay attention and to prevent horrific crimes from being committed.