People should have to get a license to own and have a gun that way if there is a shooting or problem with the gun somewhere it is easy for the police to track it down and find out the needed information on the person. It will make peolpe more willing to let others use their guns.
Everyone should be trained in the use of guns, and should have licenses provided to them free of charge. There is no reason to charge people for licenses except to rob them for their right to bear arms. If we ensured everyone had licenses for weapons, such as guns, we could ensure fewer accidents would occur.
People with violent criminal pasts should not be allowed to have guns. Neither should people who have been observed to be unstable. To allow them to have guns is irresponsible and nonsensical. A gun is a deadly weapon which can easily kill many defenseless people. To help prevent this is, people should be reviewed and given a license before being able to get a gun.
No, licenses are asking for permission to excercise what is termed an inalienable right. The right to bear arms. Arms can be a brick or stick, knife, sword, handgun, rifle, etc... A right not given by the Constitution but recognized by it. That the right is inherent prior to government. That it is a right of existing. That all life has a right to self defense and the tools to defend itself in the most effective way possible.
Just as you do not need a license for your speech. Or a license to practice your religion.
There are also consequences to excercise you rights improperly. Like yelling fire in a theater. Or shooting someone.
But our form of government, a Constitutional Republic, was based on a government by and for the people. This means a government with very limited powers. And the Bill of Rights being the, absolutely do not go there as a government, you have no business even thinking it, limit on government. These were the no negotiation points.
Many will mention the safety of the majority. Sorry, not an option as we are not a pure Democracy. We do not punish the innocent due to the actions of the criminal and no one is convicted without due process of the law.
We could go along this line with more. But let's look at possibilities.
Licensing requires documentation. Documentation gathered together becomes a data set or database. Which is illegal under other laws to gather a database of gun owners. Which is a simple way of saying registration. Why?
The ramifications of registration are numerous. The primary concern is that a government that has this information can use this to confiscate the registered items at a later time. This has happened throughout history as well as in the history of the United States. And it has always gone very poorly for those on the registration list. Then it goes poorly for others shortly after.
Think of second and third level effects. Do you want a government who not only gives you everything, but also takes it all away?