Im sure everyone here agrees when it comes to gun rights vs gun control so I'm not going to go into what my views are. I also know that anti gunners don't really care about safety. But I was doing some thinking and a little research and I think I came up with a solution that both sides could agree on and could kick the legs from under the gun control argument. Follow me on this then weigh in your opinions. Part of the reason that we are in this debate is because no one is looking at it from the right point of view. Put yourself in the mind of a young man in the middle of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles or any high violent crime area in America. Lets say your 19, so your not old enough to purchase a handgun and you know that your so called enemies have guns and have shot at you and your homies before. What do you do? Well you could obey the law and be a guaranteed victim any day now or you could acquire a firearm and level the playing field. Now when weighing the options and looking at the pros and cons the decision becomes a no brainer. You get a gun to protect yourself. Why? Because the other guys have guns and if you get caught by the police your looking at 6 months to 5 years in prison depending on where you live. And their lies the problem. Ask any person with an ounce of common sense to make a choice between 5 years in jail or death, what do you think they will choose? Illegal possession of a firearm should have harsher punishment and the number of gun deaths will plummet. Same scenario but now looking at 25 to life penalty with more time added for every round in the magazine and our 19 year old friend starts thinking twice before illegally arming himself. Enacting harsh punishment will not infringe on any of us law abiding citizen while at the same time making our streets safer because the criminals wont want to face the consequence of being caught. Now I know this is not absolute and you will have some members of the criminal element that will still aquire and use illegal firearms but the majority of the senseless murders happening are by small time thugs who aren't engaged in criminal activity that would warrant a lifetime prison sentence to begin with. So what do you think? Could over the top punishment curb gun violence in America?