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Few crimes are more heinous than mass shootings and I, too, am outraged by the several that have taken place in 2013. However, I don’t think that gun control will solve the problem. Many studies show that reducing gun ownership will increase crime rates. Why? Because nothing makes a better target than a defenseless victim. Criminals don’t play fair, so I won’t expect them to follow suit with any new legislation. Gun control will only disarm the very people we want to have guns, law-abiding citizens.

Something needs to be done, and I think I have a viable solution. Taxation. Take the National Firearms Act of 1934 for example. The lawmakers of the time wished to disarm mobsters but were unable to pass a ban on specific types of weapons because it would be a violation of the Second Amendment rights granted by the Constitution. Instead, a $200 tax was placed on the ownership of specific weaponry.

My answer to reducing mass shootings is similar. Instead of attempting to ban weapons, a feeble concept at best, we ought to instate a tax on improper gun storage. Those who wish to purchase a firearm may very well do so. However, if an individual does not have proof at the time of sale to show that he will store the gun in a safe or vault, then he ought to be taxed. If the tax were set high enough, say $500, most people would purchase a safe rather than make a donation to the government.

The shootings at Newtown and several more locations could have been prevented. We owe it to the victims of mass shootings not to avenge their deaths with gun control but by imposing a legal and financial obligation on gun owners to securely store their firearms.

Brett Coons

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