For those that may have missed it, I was being a little facetious when I mentioned the limitations I would favor on gun possession. That being said, I will speak to the natural tendency for law enforcement types, in general, to favor limiting access to firearms:
Most law officers, at least in this country, receive extensive training in the use, & more importantly, the non-use
of firearms that cannot be duplicated in a 2 hour, afternoon class that many states require for handgun licensing. (many localities require no training at all ) We (law officers) live with guns, sleep with them & potentially face them on the streets every day, so naturally have a different attitude towards them than does the average citizen, many of whom consider them little more than another "toy" to occasionally play with.
Being able to hit a paper target & clean your weapon tends to be the main purpose of most civilian firearms training, with just a passing "mention" towards gun safety..........& it just is not enough. I would favor a much more stringent requirement for licensing that would reverse the emphasis of most firearms courses to deal with gun safety first & foremost
. (practical exercises like the "shoot, don't shoot" exercises Gun Thread
that most law enforcement goes through & emphasis on locking up (or hiding well) your firearms so that they will not be stolen by kids or thieves......I have a 12 gauge shotgun in my house & a 9mm handgun in my car, both easily accessible (& loaded) but hidden so well that you would have to dismantle the house or car to find them ) Getting back to license training, my thinking of this training is this: We (society) would never think of licensing anyone to drive a motor vehicle without first taking a fairly extensive driver-training course (including on the road ), & then demonstrating their driving proficiency/safety in front of a qualified officer. Why not do the same for firearms licensing?
Of course it would add some expense to obtaining a license, but so does driver training.
I'm sure everyone here will agree with all I have just said, so I'll look forward to all the agreeing responses!