I was revisiting Vonnegut last night and reminded of his suggestion of a "zero based culture".<quoted text>I agree, and even though a "gunless" society is the best thing, that would be as unsuccessful as prohibition. Controls, a register, not interdiction. We have to license a car, a commerce, a restaurant, a toy shop, yet none have killing of humans or animals as their main goals. Yet, too often, one can purchase a gun without a licence. Just oblige new gun owners to undergo some form of gun handling and training (like getting a driver's licence) and then licensing and registering each gun sold along with the new owner and serial number.
(Birfer's guide to Vonnegut - comment made during time when "zero based budgeting" was getting all the lip service. Remember how zero based budgeting was supposed to work? Apply that same approach)