Effective Gun Safety And Sensible Gun Laws
Gun violence is a crucial predicament in North American society. The stringent fundamental laws put in place and enforced by the federal, and state governments United States of America are efficacious in dealing with fire arms and the violence that accompanies them. In essence the American system is flawed; hence the higher death rate due to gun violence in comparison with for example Canada. Over the last years gun control has become a very widely debated topic. The city, county and state lawmakers seem to be having different stands about the public having easy access to guns. “After centuries of relative obscurity, the Second Amendment has become the center of an intense academic and legal battle during the last twenty years” said by famous writer Adam Small. Florida is no except to have a ridiculous amount of gun violence specifically in our own neighborhood of Miami-Dade. The only way we can stop tragedies like this is to implement a society of gun safety and sensible gun laws.
The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. ” Implementing stricter gun laws will reduce the number of guns available for criminals, but when it comes to the safety of the victims of criminal activities, we can rely on data. Dr. Jeffrey A. Roth states that “research has shown that a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a member of the household, or friend, than an intruder. The use of a firearm to resist a violent assault actually increases the victim’s risk of injury and death. ” This may not come to any surprise as stated by a Miami-Dade police report stating that One-half of child victims aged 0-9 years old were shot by their parent (all by the father of the victim and 10 of 12 during a murder-suicide incident). One-third of the victims did not know the shooter and these victims were usually shot in their neighborhood by a stray bullet. Teenagers 15-17 year old victims, 26% were shot by a friend or acquaintance. Another 6% were shot by an intimate partner (4 female, 2 male victims), usually after a break-up in the relationship. The victim-suspect relationship could not be determined for 44% of the victims and often reflected a victim found dead in the street with no suspects identified from the preliminary police reports. As a starting point, let’s insist on mandatory training and licensing along with safe-and secure-gun storage. This training should not be a one-time affair.
Gun owners should be required to regularly refresh their training and renew their permits, with requirements at least as stringent as those governing renewal of your driver’s license. Implementing these training will guarantee the safety of our children and families. Another very important issue is the types of guns that people are being aloud to buy. In my opinion, Assault Rifles that have any type of semi or automatic feature should be banned. There is no logical response or reasoning to why a civilian should have any type of war gun in there disposal. It is simple un ethical, and as recent events have shown it can have a deadly results. On the opposite side of this are Handguns the prominent weapons used in criminal activities and according to Roth “… those who use guns in violent crimes rarely purchase them directly from licensed dealers; most guns used in crime have been stolen or transferred between individuals after the original purchase. ” This means that a large number of gun violence victims are being injured with the guns that citizens have purchased for self-defense. Roth states, “More recent data were available on how incarcerated felons in 10 States obtained the guns they used in committing crime. The figures revealed that in 2011 only 16 percent of those who used guns in criminal activities reported buying them from licensed dealers. Twice as many (32 percent) reported stealing the gun, and the rest borrowed or bought it from friends or acquaintances. ” So what is the point in acquiring a handgun which will most likely end up in the hands of a criminal? The problem of gun violence and possible solutions for this issue have become a major debate in both public and political discussions.
My point of view the most effective one is to have a strong national system for checking the background of individuals attempting to buy guns. By looking at one’s background and learning whether they have record of committing crimes or not, we will be able to somewhat guess their purpose for purchasing a gun. this background check would consist of a 2 month system. In these 2 months you must attend 2 classes on gun safety and storage. One visit with a licensed therapist that will evaluate your mental stage. Concluding to one final test of the ability of you to react to real life situation. Failure to pass any of the test above will leave you unable to purchase any fire arm. With the addition of having to wait another 3 months to re take any failed class. Although, there seems to be many methods on how to handle gun control, the current methods being looked at and discussed are not fulfilling the claim of proper gun control because there will never be a 100% satisfaction.
The problem with gun control is not with the guns themselves but the people and the lack of a process with no loop-holes to obtain the weapons. Hopefully the options that I provided will help save the lives of many innocent child and there families. Providing the fact that my suggestion will more heavily regulated the people that are able to purchase any type of fire arm. While providing the proper statistics to support my claim. World peace is just a background check away.
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