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Subject:My gun control proposal
Time:02:16 am
1. Handguns must be registered and licensed to an individual, just like motor vehicles. Transfers of registration must be recorded immediately.
2. Handguns must always be stored locked, and the unlocking mechanism must be stored separately.
3. The registered owner of a handgun is responsible for any deaths or injuries that are caused by that gun.
4. There will be some reasonable mechanism for reporting the theft or destruction of a registered handgun.
5. If a gun that is registered to you is ever found unlocked, or in someone else's possession, there will be hell to pay.
6. If you're ever caught with an unregistered gun, there will be hell to pay.

Justification: I want handgun owners to be responsible for what is done with their weapons, and for them to have a really strong motivation to keep them safe.

I'm sure there are holes in my proposal, as it's more conceptual than complete.
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jpmassar
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Time:2012-07-22 05:59 pm (UTC)
No one's arguing with your math. You asked "How is this different?" and I tried to explain why it is in fact different from a legal point of view.

You yourself answered the question from a moral point of view:

loss of life is worse than loss of the right to vote

Or, in legal speak, restricting someone's rights so as to prevent a murder or killing is more acceptable constitutionally than restricting someone's right to vote to prevent others from fraudulent voting because the consequences are immeasurably worse in the former than the latter
even if the numbers are similar in absolute terms.
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