I am also not against gun ownership, though I think REQUIRING a head of household to own a gun is going too far. People also have the right NOT to own a gun.
As a kid, I went through the whole NRA riflery and marksmanship training to Bar 10. We learned a ton about gun safety, handling, and responsible use. I feel I am an informed and responsible gun owner. Who is not stockpiling weapons, FTR.
But I am very much against the ease with which people can acquire weapons of tremendous destructive potential with virtually no requirements or tracking. We need a license to drive a car afterall, why not a weapon? (some will say gun ownership is a right and driving a privelage, but there have been numerous court cases that conclude driving IS a right as well) Why not require owners to be trained in proper handling? Why not put in place measures that can help ID and track people who exhibit behavior that raises red flags? The Colorado shooter tried to join a gun club and after leaving a disturbing message on the director’s phone was told he could not join. But they didn’t have to report him to any authorities. If I take my kid to the emergency room and anything looks suspicious, they are OBLIGATED to inform the authorities for suspicion of child abuse. I really don’t see why we can’t do this with guns (and still be able to protect people’s privacy as is done with health information)
We even have measures to raise flags on people who try to buy large quantities of fertilizer, so why not guns? Although not ideologically driven, what is to prevent the next attack from being a terrorist attack?