If personal responsibility is now the answer to the issue of unwanted pregnancies, we need to make it the answer to gun shootings as well. Sure, like with having sex, U.S. citizens have the right to bear arms. But if a woman gets pregnant when her or her partner’s contraceptive fails, in the eyes of the antiabortion crowd she holds full responsibility.
So the same should apply to gun purchasers. If the gun they purchased ends up killing or wounding someone else, they should be held personally responsible. Have them pay the funeral costs and medical bills and a lifetime worth of income for the family of the dead — or go and rot in jail.
The majority of the world manages to be safe without “good guys” with assault rifles. It’s time we tried the same. There are not enough “good guys” in this country to save all the innocent victims.
— K. Thomas in Good Guys With Guns Isn’t the Answer