I realize that some may see this as an undue burden on potential gun owners, but it truly would be, at least from my point of view, a change for the better in our society. People in true need of a firearm would not be barred from purchasing one, and those seeking to buy weapons for dubious purposes effectively prevented from doing so. The realities of our changing times demand new approaches to solving old problems; failing to realize this will only harm us all in the long run.
Guns are now, have been, and always will be an essential component to the culture of the United States. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, despite what some might say. However, it must be made that only the right sort of people are afforded the privilege of owing a possession holding the capacity for such destruction as a firearm. Anything less than this would be sheer barbarianism.