I don’t espouse mandatory ownership. What I call for is mandatory training on weapons to teach people to respect them and understand them.
I tire so of hearing someone say that he was killed by a firearm. Yea, the gun loaded itself, aimed itself and shot the person by itself, right? It couldn’t possibly have been the criminal USING the gun, right?
Look, it’s simple. When you’re fifteen, in the USA, you take driver’s ed in school - right? Well, how about when you are 16 or 17 you take firearm’s education in high school. It really isn’t so radical an idea.
And, actually, in IL you are allowed to own a weapon if you fork over the hundreds of dollars for a liscence, are awarded a liscense, do not keep any ammunition in the same county as the weapon and don’t live in certain cities that have outlawed any type of weapon larger then a steak knife. (Wilmette, IL is one such screwed up city.)
Maybe not quite THAT bad, but it’s basically illegal to own a firearm in Illinois as the laws stand now. Many of our laws contradict other laws in such a way that it is impossible to own a weapon without breaking at least one law.