Professor: Americans Can't Handle Gun Ownership
A college professor says that Americans can’t handle gun ownership.
John Traphagan, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, wrote a Dallas Morning News op-ed on the issue of gun control in the wake of a fatal gang fight in Waco.
There are many law-abiding American gun owners who do not go out and kill people and who keep their guns stored safely. But as a whole, Americans do not seem to be able to handle gun ownership in a way that permits maintenance of a civil society. The reality is that the significant numbers of bad apples have spoiled it for those law-abiding gun owners, and it’s time that gun rights organizations such as the National Rifle Association recognize this and begin working with those who want realistic gun control laws, in part as a way of building trust with those who do not own guns.
Traphagan suggested that the government halt gun sales and round up certain types of firearms.
He added that legal gun owners should have to undergo extensive, mandatory training on the use and storage of firearms.