Chris Rock has never been one to hold back his opinions. Years ago, he suggested everyone in the world should be given free guns but all bullets should cost five thousand dollars, making people actually think before pulling the trigger. This week, he took his opinion in a new and interesting direction by offering a potential substitute for the current background checks most states have in place.

Here’s a look at the actual quote he gave during a panel about Total Biased With W Kamau Bell, as per The Wrap
"Every mass shooting is done by a guy who lives with his mother. I honestly believe you should have to have a mortgage to buy a gun. No one with a mortgage has ever gone on a killing spree."

I’m sure there have been a few loose canons who owned property and shot people, but regardless, this is actually a really interesting thought. Random shootings are typically done by outcasts and loners. Purchasing property is, in many ways, a method of joining society and proving responsibility. People also don’t tend to buy houses until they’re at least in their mid-to-late twenties, which is at a point in which most are growing the hell up.

Getting rid of guns is not the right solution, in my opinion, but handing guns out to every irresponsible twenty-two-year-old definitely is not working either. I like Rock’s idea a lot. It will never happen, but I think it’s actually an intelligent and clever thought.

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