Posted By James Brown
Hi Greg:Originally Posted by Greg ShafferIf we can vote by mail then we can sell guns by mail. You Democrats would of course lose your freaking minds over this, right? Stating that gun purchases need to be made in person and with ID, you know, to prevent fraud & all, right?
I'm not a Democrat of course, but I'm not a gun owner either. I think that guns could safely be sold over the mail - but there would be a lot of hoops to jump through. The buyer would have to prove his/her identity and qualifications prior to purchase over the mail and probably have to take delivery at a gun shop or from a gun-shop sponsored deliver service, where someone trained and qualified checks the recipient out. This is more or less what happens now right? Adding mail-in would not make the system less safe, if reasonable precautions were taken.
Another example: I buy wine on line through a nifty wine club. Someone over 21 has to sign for the delivery. Reasonable precautions.
Another example: Mail-in or drop-off voting works well with no more than typical fraud because the state can/does take reasonable precautions. So, here are my points:
1. Everyone knows that some number of kids buy booze illegally, criminals buy guns illegally and political crooks vote fraudulently, in person.
2. A system that has reasonable precautions in place can rely on "mail-in" for the same transactions and be just as safe as the baseline safety of in-person transactions.
3. The definition society settles upon for what is a "reasonable precaution" for voting, buying booze, or buying a gun will vary in each case depending on a lot of risk and consequence factors.