Violent felons are people who have demonstrated a profound contempt for the value of human life and/ or the sanctity of another person's body. Guns? If we let them out, they probably ought to be rearrested for loud profanity or possession of anything sharp... or just not let out. I'm willing to have a process for giving their rights back, but since the burden was once on the state to prove that they CAN'T be trusted, it should be equally difficult (with the burden on them) to persuade us that they CAN be trustworthy again. I think this should apply to certain NON-felonies as well. People with multiple arrests for DUI, drunk & disorderly in public, bodily assault, or family violence (repeated offenses, even if not considered felonies for whatever reason) indicate a malicious or willfully negligent disregard for human life and the safety of others, and IMO should result in the standard 7-year prohibition on firearms. This prohibition shouldn't just expire, but require a public hearing for the right to be reinstated. Of course, I also happen to think that once due process has been observed, public hanging (by measured drop) would be the appropriate punishment for more crimes than are currently considered capital offenses. My two cents.