Are Weapon-Certification programs the solution that should make both sides happy:
- they would enable weapon ownership for the respectful and law-abiding people … republicans smile
- they would prevent weapon ownership for the reckless and unqualified people … democrats smile.
How would a Weapon Certification Program work?
Suppose you want a pistol for home protection, a Level 1 Certification would probably be the appropriate certificate. It might require A) 10hours of classroom training, B) 10 hours of supervised firing range training, and C) bi-annual renewals.
Suppose you want a pistol for CWP, a higher level of certification would surely be required, such as, say, Level 4. And this certification would probably require a higher level of maturity, a higher level of skill, and a higher level of in-action experience.
And in theory, there can even be a Certification Program for military-grade weapons, say, maybe, Level 7 Certification.
Anyone caught without the appropriate Certification for their particular weapon will at least temporarily lose their weapon, and have up to 6 months, say, to complete an appropriate Certification Program to get their weapon back.
What is interesting about Certification, is you can be certified without being “registered” … which a lot of the Tyranny-paranoids are concerned about.
Here is a funny, but poignant, example of how you could be certified for something, but NOT registered: I can very easily train you for 2 weeks on Vulgar-Burping, then give you the Certification to prove you are qualified, but never submit it to any national database of burpers; I, the Certifier, only keep a record in my file cabinet. Now, at some time later in the future, when you are in a McDonalds burping vulgarly, and then you get accosted, you can show the cops your Vulgar-Burping Certificate, and they will say ‘ok’ to you … your Certification is all you need.
Here’s a little bit more about the Weapon’s Certification idea:
- the Certification programs could be run by the NRA,
- but the NRA would be liable to the people through our judicial system (civil and maybe even criminal).
So, suppose the NRA is the Certifying agency, and suppose that over the years they slowly relax their Certification Programs standards, certifying basically anyone and everyone. Then Bad Guys start exploiting the lax certification programs and begin mass murdering, the NRA would be liable in the courts to lawsuits from victim’s families. We all tout our judicial system as being the greatest in the world, so can’t we trust it to handle this particular aspect?
This judicial liability would keep the NRA in balance between:
- their desire to sell guns at k-mart, and
- civil people’s desire to have a sane experiences when they venture outside.
Share with your friends if you feel these ideas have merit.