So what! Is federal prison really a bigger deterent than state prison?
Yea, it scares people. The FBI is intimidating. Usually harsher sentence too.
This actually proves my point. Colonial militias were made up of civilians who provided their own arms and were free to leave at any time. The National Guard is a branch of the federal armed forces, armed and funded by the federal government.
If that is all you mean, then it isn't relevant to my point at all. The militias became the national guard. Similarity doesn't have anything to do with it.
I don't have a problem with requiring background checks....
Without stricter checks for everyone you have loopholes just like now. There is no reason why certain people should get to use guns, but you seem to be for leaving that open which makes no sense.
Licencing could create similar problems. The unlicenced relatives of a dead gun owner might be forced to immediately turn in his/her firearms or risk prosecution on possession charges.
That's a lame excuse. There are probably 10 different way to solve that. Like leave it with the estate, where it will be sold, for one. Get a license if you want them. If you don't have one you probably don't want the guns. If you can't get one, tough $h1t. You can only sell them via the estate.
Firearms licences could also become prohibitively expensive or difficult to aquire.
Cheaper than a drivers license, you pay cost, no fees or taxes. Professional classes would be like a community college course. If you can't afford that, how can you afford to buy guns and ammo?
As for pro-gun, you are forgetting all the additional privileges and relaxed or eliminated regulations once you prove yourself.
I fail to see the rationale behind allowing the very people who cause problems with guns a way to get them. Not only is that something that should be done, but it is the only way to remove all restrictions from responsible adults. There is no reason such people should be restricted in any way. This is the way to separate the two.
The standard NRA line is guns don't kill people, people kill people. That's kind of right in a way, as the gun is the tool. So if the people are the problem, ban the people. I mean do guns kill, do people, invisible goblins? What's doing it?