Yesterday I proposed that there ought to be a public, accessible registry of assault-type guns in the United States. This would be similar to the sex offenders’ registry that locates these offenders in neighborhoods. One would simply enter a Zip Code and the addresses would show up. With this information, neighbors would have valuable information upon which to make important decisions.
Such decisions might include whether or not to move from the neighborhood. Additionally, if a move was not possible, then the home owner would be able to caution their children to stay away from ‘that house.’ Further, it would be helpful for the adult neighbors as well so that they do not agitate or argue with said neighbor.
It is interesting that neighbors are often concerned about a neighbor’s unkempt lawn or whether a truck is illegally parked on the street or a car parked on the grass. Or loud music at 2 AM patio parties. And barking dogs. Yet, most worrisome as a neighbor, is whether the guy next door or 3 houses down owns an assault weapon and a stockpile of ammunition for it. But nobody knows. Therefore, a quiet, neat neighborhood may not be the idealistic place to live; it may, in fact, be a deadly choice. But nobody knows.
Until it’s too late.
Did any of the neighbors of Mrs.Lanza know that she had a military assault weapon in her house? If neighbors had known this and they also knew that her son was ‘weird,’ would one of the neighbors have ‘acted’ in some way?
Without a national registry and public access, nobody knows what lies behind that closed front door. Should neighbors know?