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October 23, 2014

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Locks would solve many gun issues

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After yet another horrendous tragedy, we find ourselves once again arguing over gun control and Second Amendment protections. I believe there is a simple and effective measure that can be taken now: trigger locks.

We need a federal law requiring that every firearm in the U.S. have a trigger lock installed and used. Violation of the law would result in a lengthy prison sentence for the firearm’s owner. The lock would be required whenever the gun’s owner is not available to supervise the weapons.

The lock should be engineered so that tampering with it would render the weapon useless.

Using trigger locks would stop senseless accidents when children find weapons at home and hurt themselves or others. Locks would have prevented the deranged individual in Connecticut from using his mother’s weapons. They would also make stolen weapons useless, thereby reducing the numbers of weapons our streets.

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  1. Sure, Joel, and we'll ask the perp if he will please give us time to undo the lock while he assaults, robs, rapes or murders us. I'm sure he will oblige.

  2. Locks work for law-abiding gun owners and users, not so much for gun criminals.

    CarmineD

  3. "I believe there is a simple and effective measure that can be taken now: trigger locks."

    Rector -- you are profoundly ignorant. Worse, you seek to force that ignorance on the rest of us by creating yet another FEDERAL crime without intent and where no one is hurt. Have you ever dealt with a home intruder? I have. I see lvfacts covered the gist of that.

    "Sure, Joel..."

    "Locks work for law-abiding gun owners and users, not so much for gun criminals."

    lvfacts, CarmineD -- nice to see good reasoning even in the wee hours

    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -- C.S. Lewis