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I drive a car.
To do so, I had to show that I could handle the car responsibly and pass a test to prove that I would be competent enough to get a driver’s license. Not only that, I had to buy insurance to protect others should I fail to control the vehicle and/or cause harm to others. I have to go the the BMV every few years to prove that my eyesight is good enough to see road signs and traffic ahead of me.
For a while, I also owned a motorcycle. As this vehicle is less protected than an enclosed car, I needed to prove that I could responsibly handle it by driving through an obstacle course with stop signs, yield signs and a simulated traffic light. There was also another written test on motorcycle regulations and safe operation. I had to get a rider added to my driver's license and also to my motor vehicle's insurance policy in order to take my motorcycle on the road.
While driving, my performance is randomly checked by traffic police and if my vehicle's license or driver's license has lapsed, or if I rolled through a stop or ignored some traffic control - it was noted on my driving record as points. Whenever I might get too many points, my driving privileges could be severely curtailed or even revoked completely.
I also bought a gun. It took twenty minutes for my background check to pass. That's it!
Just why aren’t at least some similar licensing and insurance requirements imposed on gun owners?
As far as the handgun, for my own safety I did take some time to study safe operating procedures and bought several sessions at a local target shooting range to assure that I could indeed handle it properly - but that was not required nor was it even recommended.
The gun is currently double-locked with chains running through the magazine receiver in the handle up through cartridge ejector port and is stored in a non-disclosed location.
Earlier today the European Parliament voted to designate Russia a Terrorist State. The United States is not likely, IMO, to follow suit with the Republican Cartel taking control of the House of Representatives
Thanksgiving? So many have lost so much from gun violence to Ukraine war of survival cause by Russia terrorist!
I thankful for the police that put their lives in danger fighting for justice and the constitution. I am thankful for Ukraine fight for democracy. I am thankful that we as a country are supporting both!