All of our Constitutional rights come with equivalent responsibilities, and gun ownership is no exception. My right to Life must also be balanced against your right to bear arms. While I ultimately favor getting semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, and other weapons I used while in uniform in war zones off of the streets of Colorado Springs, I recognize the right of citizens to keep a handgun for self-defense or a 30-06 for hunting. I applaud those who take the time to get training, get to the range, and keep weapons secure around the house. I don’t support the right of some 20-year-old hothead with a gun fetish to walk into a store and walk out two minutes later with a Glock and ammo. Gun safety and responsibility used to be NRA’s bread and butter, so let’s require an NRA-sanctioned safety course for all new gun owners (with exceptions for military and police), NRA-backed liability insurance for every new weapon, NRA-organized small-arms tactics training, and NRA-branded safety locks and safes for weapons in homes where minors are present. If NRA can’t guarantee you will be a responsible gun owner, NRA should have no role in guaranteeing your right to own a gun.