That's funny, iddee. Do you think people fit into neat categories, and someone who grows her own food to the level I do thinks guns should be competely unregulated? We use guns all the time--to kill the coons in our cornpatch, kill the oppossums eating the chickens and eggs, in the past to put down a sick farm animal, hunting, target practicing. Well, I don't use guns, but DH and son do. I used to, but I just didn't get much of a kick from it and actually one time found myself being extremely unsafe. It made me ill enough that I've never used a gun again. Yes, I could train myself to a better level of safety, but I'd prefer just to grow my food and let DH do the hunting.
I've been watching DVDs about John Adams. I'm freshly aware of our history as Americans and why people never want to have a fully armed gov't but not be armed themselves. I'm just suggesting being more responsible about that.
I don't know about your idea. How would you work that system regarding people with a violent history, mental disorders, etc? At what age would they be licensed?
And, just for the heck of it, I'll tell you that after our discussion this morning my husband is going shopping for an honest-to-goodness gun safe instead of the wood and glass joke he has right now. He's happy. I'm happy. Everybody's happy :) And no guns are leaving our household.
ETA: I'll add one more thing then step off my soapbox. We have 13 nieces and nephews, foster and respite care children in and out of our house all the time, along with our kids' friends and our friends' kids. If we are going to have guns around, they better stinking be secured.
Yes, Kathy, I realize a gun is only doing it's job while loaded, but that should only be happening when in the hands of a responsible adult or supervised responsible older child.