Gun Control and the Second Amendment
Most Americans agree on common-sense restrictions for criminals and the mentally ill to access guns. As President, I will support sensible regulation of guns, including making it harder to own military-style firearms. I will also support innovation in firearms, including handprint signature guns that can only be used by the owner. I will fine gun manufacturers when their weapons are used in a mass shooting so that their interests are aligned with the public’s. I will invest massive resources in mental health treatment. I will establish a suspected shooter help line so we can identify people who present a danger to the public. We have to get this right for the sake of our children. Millions of Americans now fear for their safety when they go to school or church or public venue – that’s something we must fight to change.
Problems to be Solved
- Most Americans agree that responsible gun-ownership with some restrictions is the proper policy
- Current gun laws have been pushed in a dangerous direction by lobbying groups only looking out for the profits of gun manufacturers
- Technological innovation has been overlooked as a way to curb misuse of guns
As President, I will…
- Propose education requirements for gun ownership – analogous to a driver’s license.
- Propose a restriction on the sale/purchase of semi-automatic military-style weapons to the public.
- Propose a restriction on the sale of guns to those with:
- A history of violent crime
- A history of domestic abuse
- A mental illness diagnosis where a professional has determined the pose a risk to themselves or others.
- Propose a general restriction on ownership of firearms by those under 21 years of age.
- Support innovation to make firearms more personalized to their owners.
- Propose a public buyback program of firearms.
- Propose a fine of gun manufacturers of $1 million per person killed in any public venue in order to align the incentives of manufacturers with the public.
- Initiate an ammunition registry to track suspicious purchases.
- Establish a Shooter Help Line for people to identify people who could be a potential danger for treatment.
- Invest in a more robust mental health infrastructure to identify and treat people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
- Initiate and fund mindfulness programs in schools and correctional facilities that have been demonstrated to reduce violent behavior.