On this Easter Sunday I would like to bring up the topic of redemption in what is sure to be a controversial form. The conventional "wisdom" is that felons (aka criminals) should be prohibited from owning guns: Why do we think that? What purpose does it serve if the crime was non violent? Is it just another step down the slippery slope? If we apply the stick (punishment) doesn't it make sense to apply the carrot of redemption? If a felon or other prohibited person stays out of trouble for 10 or 15 years, they are a different person leading a different life. As it is now, it is terribly hard for a felon to rejoin society, hard to get a good job, hard to get your rights back.