Recently I stood on the sidewalk as students walked out of my local high school and was proud of the students who stand for change. I also saw a photo of 40,000 pairs of children's shoes on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol marking the number of schoolchildren killed by guns in America since the Sandy Hook massacre. Ever since the Mary Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy four weeks ago, I have been going over ideas whereby we could turn this tide.
I believe gun control laws are reachable but only with a seismic shift in the Congress; too many current legislators are the literal pawns of the NRA. But November is coming.
What about Australia's successful voluntary collection of and payment for weapons? I've heard over and over that would never work here. But maybe, just maybe, it can work ...
I propose to Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and any other high-minded, red-blooded, patriotic American plutocrats the following idea:
Form a legal super fund of really HUGE seed money. This money will be used to pay in cash, market value and on the spot, for assault weapons, bump stocks, etc., from Americans who want to slow, lessen, or stop the mass shootings of their fellow citizens by voluntarily turning them in for cash. Any weapons will be accepted for cash, but bigger payouts will accompany the sale of AK-47s, AR-15s, bump stocks, and other assault weapons and accessories.
I imagine this as a summer rolling fair across the country, going from town to town, city to city, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Halloween.
That's it. Please, gentlemen and gentlewomen of wealth, take it away. I'll gladly donate whatever I can to see this idea come to fruition.