A lot has been said about what needs to be done in the wake of the massacre in Colorado, but most people seem to be turning the same tired, old solutions, so here’s my (ahem) modest proposal: Starting immediately, every adult shall be sworn in as a police officer.
Think about it. If anybody is law-abiding, it’s cops, right? No more crime. Anywhere. And cops–as gun control advocates will tell you–are the only people with the proper firearms training, so if everyone is a cop, everyone will be able to carry a gun safely. Furthermore, cops are the kind of public sector employees that everyone (well, everyone who matters, anyway) agrees we need more of, so there goes the unemployment problem. And you’ll never have to mutter about how there’s never a cop around when you need one because there you are.
It’s really quite elegant in its simplicity.
(Okay, maybe not, but it’s no stupider than this.)