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Gun Liability vs. Gun Control

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  • Independent
    Michigan
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    Gun Control vs. Gun Liability
    Unfortunately, it is unlikely that effective gun control by Government can be devised given Second amendment concerns and the current political environment.
    How about a different approach:
    Pass laws that make gun manufacturers, sellers, and dealers fully legally and financially responsible for the "misuse" of their product for its' entire life! Then, under threat of lawsuit and financial losses for both mass shootings like Newtown and for everyday gun mayhem, the Industry itself would be forced to "self police", and to devise ways to "vet" its' clients very carefully to screen out all but sane citizens who are interested in animal hunting or self-protection.
    Surely the firearm industry cannot argue that mass murder of innocents or armed robbery is a legitimate use of their products! Under full exposure to damages and the lifelong expenses of those killed or maimed by their products, the Gun industry itself, which is large and profitable, will find a way to sell only to carefully screened citizens who are of good character - and will probably willingly decide not to sell assault weapons and large ammunition magazines as "not worth the risk".

    Ron Ashcroft
    New Boston, Michigan
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "Ron" In one of my "threads" I suggested to put additional federal tax and state tax on gun sales in the order of 30% or more that will stop a lot of people of buying these things and for the ones who already own them put a tax on ownership just like cars, boats etc every year a new sticker.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I like your idea Dutch, but the only problem I see is that criminals and the like are NOT going to admit to owning how many of the 300 million guns already out there, so only new purchases will be affected. AND good old Wayne will be rolling up his sleeves, loading any guns he has that aren't already loaded, and barricading himself for a huge battle with Congress IF they even think about imposing these additional taxes on gun-toting Americans.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels" the funny thing is on cars it seems to work, you get a fine if you do not have a tax sticker; so impose huge fines. But indeed the criminals also drive around with stolen cars and fake stickers, I guess the same will happen with guns. In the Netherlands they had dog tax, TV ownership tax, same in France. Some people had set up a fake trick; if you wrapped your whole TV in aluminum foil then the Government could not detect you had a TV and could avoid paying taxes. So funny!!
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    lol right on Dutch, and you CAN get a fine if you don't have a tax sticker, but it isn't automatic, they have to "catch" you driving first, at least where I have lived (Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, and Miss.). In the Netherlands, did they come into everyone's home or apartment to check IF the dog had a tag? What about a mother dog that gave birth, was the tax man there to collect money and hand out tags? He must be one busy person.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "michaels" the dog tax is still there; it consist of a metal medalion punched with a code and the owners address and name, just like a licence plate,
    so if you loose the dog, the owner can be found as well and fined if the taxes are not paid; the same applies to pups, but most people sell these right away to prevent paying tax. So I guess that would work for guns as well.