A Reasonable Take on Gun Control

This article on Huffington Post lays out what I think is an extremely a reasonable take on gun control in the US, with action steps that don’t sound like they should be impossible (but probably are).

Here’s some common sense for you. I want gun ownership to be as boring and annoying as car ownership. I want you to go to some Department of Weapons and sit for hours. I want folks who own guns to prove their skill, their mental and physical health, and to be licensed and reviewed over the years just as happens with our driver’s licenses. You earn the right to own and drive a vehicle; earn the right to own and use a gun.

I take Adderall as medication for ADD. It works for me. Getting ahold of it was a pain in the ass, not just the first time, but every time. First I had to find a doctor who would prescribe it to me, which wasn’t easy, and once I did explain what I was feeling in such a way where they wouldn’t think I was looking to score (I tried non-stimulant medication first. it didn’t work). Then I had to get my insurance to pay for it. Having achieved those goals, I now have to take a physical prescription to the pharmacy every month. Also my doctor is in Oregon, and I’m in California. Since Adderall is a controlled substance, they won’t fill my prescription here. I fly to Oregon once a month to fill my prescription because that’s easier than going through the whole process of finding a doctor again.

There’s some potential for abuse of the medication I take (although much less since I take the extended release version). Anyone probably shouldn’t be able to just buy it over the counter. But for fucks sake, why is it easier to get a gun — who’s only functional purpose is to take another persons life — than for me to get medication that helps me stay productive and focused and was prescribed by a doctor?