Over the weekend I received a message from a new member on the blog with a question about gun control:
“Where do I go? What do I do? How do I begin?”
Here on the blog I often post pieces about policies, but I rarely address concrete actions. What can we do specifically to move our representatives toward action on gun control?
It occurs to me that one of the obstacles to effective gun regulation is a lack of focus. There is no consensus on what to ask our legislators to do. As a result, a massive public consensus in favor of tighter gun control gets diffused into a thousand different directions, blunting momentum.
In a new post at Forbes, I propose a first step – press Congress to repeal legislation that blocks the creation of gun registries. In the same post I discuss one of the downstream goals of that process, which is to implement an insurance requirement for gun owners.
This is a very simple ask of your Congressman and Senator, and it’s as relevant for Democrats as for Republicans. Repeal laws interfering with the ability of states and federal law enforcement to build databases of gun owners and gun transactions. It’s not very sexy and it wouldn’t change anything overnight, but removing that obstacle would open up enormous possibilities, especially at the state level. You gotta start somewhere.
Is it the right first step? How would we go about it?
Should the appeal toward that first legislative step also mention the goal of insurance requirements?