Some less modest provisions:

  • Those who are in prison at the time that they are being called up for this course will attend it, but their firearm will be held for them until they are released. Since this program grants a firearm license, current laws prohibiting felons from owning firearms will need to be overturned. (After all, most felons are not violent offenders, and even violent offenders have incentives not to re-offend. We shouldn’t allow prosecution to become a fig-leaf for preventing minority groups from defending themselves.)
  • Participation may be delayed for mental health concerns, but not cancelled. A jury of twelve mental health professionals, chosen by lottery, must come to a consensus that someone is not psychologically fit to participate in order for this delay to occur. The delay may be no more than a year. This is a preventative measure against the tactic, used both in the United States and the Soviet Union, of applying bogus psychiatric diagnoses to political or racial ‘undesirables’ in order to silence dissent.

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