Idea received from Joel Stegner:
We all recently read about the outwardly normal, but depressed Minnetonka business owner who used a shotgun to murder his entire family before taking his own life. These kinds of stories happen every day and could easily happen in Edina. What is to be done about these situations? I have an idea that just might help.
Mentally disordered, angry men with guns are dangerous to themselves and their loved ones. Some have protection orders placed on them, but that doesn't always prevent senseless violence from occurring. American men love guns and once they have them, they are reluctant to give them up permanently, but I suspect that many families know when having a gun present puts people at risk. For those men who haven't lost their gun rights, there is no easy way for them to put away their guns for safekeeping until they work out their mental health or anger management problems.
One solution could be for a free gun storage program operated by the police department. Citizens could be encouraged to bring in their guns for safe storage if they fear they will be used by a family member to take a life. Unless a crime is committed, the person would able to retrieve the gun after a cooling off period no questions asked. As suicide and murder are impulsive acts, simply not having a gun handy when the urge to use one violently occurs, it seems like it would lower the risk of gun violence in the city. While I do advocate more comprehensive measures to curb gun violence, this suggestion encourages responsible gun ownership.