But the problem is, the handgun is a lethal weapon–that’s too damn handy.
Yes. Yes it is. Which is why the ownership of a handgun is constitutionally protected.
Laws that mandate a waiting period before buying a gun are well grounded in the fact that humans tend to act impulsively. These waiting periods are wise and necessary. They give people an opportunity to reflect and cool down, to use their heads first and not their handguns.
Because every time I’ve gone to buy a handgun, I’ve been in a huff and angry and itching for some murder. How many people buying a handgun are doing so because someone else is in a huff and angry, like, say an abusive ex-husband? And why do waiting periods make sense at all for someone who already has a gun? Does he imagine this happens: “Sorry, my current handgun is black, but if I’m going to murder my wife, it just has to be stainless. She deserves nothing less!”