Gun violence has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Every day we hear about mass shootings, gun-related homicides, and accidental shootings.
With each tragic event, the debate over gun control escalates. While pro-gun advocates support the second amendment and its ability to provide a form of protection, others are asserting that gun control measures should be put in place. Former President of America, Barack Obama once held a press conference to address this issue where he announced plans to create policies at both the federal and state levels that would limit access to high-powered weapons and magazines.
Also Former President, Donald Trump, in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida, tweeted about “the ongoing problem of violent attacks in American schools” where he vowed to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.”
Everyone has an opinion of how they think the issue of gun violence can be eradicated, but one thing they keep leaving out is the fact that part of the reason why these tragedies occur is due to easy access to firearms.
The United States has a gun violence problem. It’s been this way for decades, but it’s become increasingly worse since the 1980s.
While there are many factors that contribute to this problem; including our culture, socioeconomic status, and lack of mental health treatment, one of the biggest contributors is easy access to firearms.
The United States of America has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. She also has one of the highest rates of gun-related deaths among developed nations.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has long lobbied against any regulation that would limit access to guns or ammunition, including background checks on private sales at gun shows and online purchases (even though these sales are already illegal). The NRA has also fought against efforts to curb domestic abusers’ access to guns, which is a major contributor to domestic violence homicides.
Since 1968, when Congress passed the Gun Control Act (GCA), there have been more than 100 mass shootings in America — defined as incidents in which four or more people were killed by gunfire.
In this video, I will be sharing with you ways we can control gun violence in America.
The first step is having More stringent background check laws
The United State must enact legislation that strengthens background checks and enforces existing laws that prevent dangerous people from owning guns.
Background checks are the most effective way to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. A 2015 study by Everytown for Gun Safety found that states requiring background checks on all handgun sales or transfers saw 48 percent fewer women shot and killed by their intimate partners, 48 percent fewer law enforcement officers killed with handguns, 46 percent fewer gun-related suicides, 47 percent fewer law enforcement officers shot and killed with handguns and 46 percent fewer mass shootings than states without this requirement.
The Brady Background Check Law was enacted in 1993 after President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr., a mentally ill loner who pleaded guilty to attempting to assassinate Reagan in 1981. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was created as part of this law to screen prospective gun buyers for criminal records or other disqualifying factors before they can buy firearms at licensed dealerships or through private sellers through licensed dealerships or through private sellers.
Where there are no federal laws requiring background checks on private transfers of guns between individuals, this means that criminals or people with mental illness can easily purchase guns from private sellers without any kind of screening process. Closing this loophole would go a long way toward preventing many gun deaths each year from suicides, domestic violence, and the mass shooting in schools and public places.
Background checks on all gun sales already happen in some states, but it needs to be expanded nationwide. It’s an important step toward making sure that guns don’t end up in the hands of criminals or other people who shouldn’t have them; such as domestic abusers who may use them against their partners or children.
The Second step is Education. Education is key to controlling gun violence
Research suggests that education is key to controlling gun violence: The more educated a place is, the less likely it is to have gun deaths.
Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. The more education we have on guns, the better we’ll be able to avoid them being used as a weapon of mass destruction.
People who own guns need to be responsible for their actions when handling them. They should be taught about how to properly store their weapons and what steps they can take if someone else gets access to them and uses them in an unsafe manner.
They also need to be tested for temper and taught what to do in situations where they are agitated.
Step three is Banning sale of assault rifles to civilians.
Assault rifles are weapons of war that belong on battlefields, not on streets and in our schools. They are designed for military purposes, not for civilian use. They have no place in civilian life and should be banned from sale to civilians by executive order.
Another step toward reducing gun violence is to take action against assault weapons. Assault weapons have high-capacity magazines, which allow them to fire more rounds without reloading. These weapons have been used in many mass shootings, including at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Columbine High School, San Bernardino, and Orlando nightclubs. The majority of Americans support banning these types of weapons even if they own one themselves because they recognize the danger they pose to public safety.
Besides, the United State of America needs stronger state laws that require people convicted of violent crimes to turn over their guns once they’re released from prison. This will help keep weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them while they’re still serving time for their crimes and make it less likely that they’ll commit new ones once they’re released from prison.
Access to mental health services should be improved so that people with serious mental illness can get help before they act out violently against others or themselves.
These are ideas we feel are potentially effective, but there are many others that can be discussed as well. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for watching.