Let's look at the legal basis for Americas gun culture; the constitution. And let's stop pussy-footing around the fact that enacting a series of smart sensible regulations and licensing requirements on gun ownership is not otherwise possible.
Few professional endeavors are more fraught with anxiety and danger than the work that makes us responsible for other people's children. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the latest scene of every educator's nightmare.
If you buy a firearm, you are responsible for what that firearm does forever. How would this work? It's simple: If a crime is committed using that weapon, not only is the perpetrator responsible, so are you.