Tragedy in Connecticut

2012 Dec 14 Posted by Joseph Pascarella

It is become abundantly clear that the United States simply can no longer allow firearms ownership without some significant reforms. After a horrific incident this summer in Colorado, and now this unspeakable act today in Connecticut in which 20 schoolchildren and 6 adults were murdered inside an elementary school, I am not sure what more needs to happen to prompt all of us, and our government, to better control firearms.

The first step is to make firearms manufacturers accountable for their products. Firearms manufactures should be held accountable for each and every firearm, including a mass recall to place a GPS device on every single firearm in order to track firearms at every movement outside a private residence. The technology is now available for law enforcement to track and monitor firearms using GPS devices. Those wishing to purchase firearms must pay an additional tax for extra law enforcement technology. Those they do not comply should face significant penalties. Although this will incur an intrusion into privacy, firearms ownership should be a privilege akin to owning a motor vehicle in that choice of owning a firearm requires an expectation of government intrusion for public safety.

Additionally, law enforcement needs to increase initiatives to monitor and track these firearms, by obtaining data from firearms manufacturers and Federal Firearms Licensees. One, centralized agency such as the ATF needs to expand and create Fusion Centers to assist and collaborate with local law enforcement to track and monitor all firearms, similar to the types of Fusion Centers that were originally implemented to monitor illegal drug activity with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and that are now used for Counter Terrorism.

These types of programs and initiatives may be unpopular, very expensive, and will consume significant resources, and will be likely be met with resistance. However, this is now a necessity and no longer an issue that is lost in a popularity and ideological debate.

Take care, be safe and please consider the victims and their families of this horrifying incident.

Joe Pascarella

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