Gun control has been a controversial issue for years. A vast majority of citizens believe that if gun control is strictly enforced it would quickly reduce the threat of crime. Many innocent people feel they have the right to bear arms for protection, or even for the pleasure of hunting. These people are penalized for protecting their lives, or even for enjoying a common, innocent sport. To enforce gun control throughout the nation means violating a person’s Constitutional rights.
Although some people feel that the issue of gun control will limit crime, the issue should not exist due to the fact that guns are necessary for self defense against crime, and by enforcing gun control is violating a citizens second amendment right to bear arms An estimated Ten-thousand people die a year in a handgun related incidents in the United States.
This number, by far, outweighs those gun related deaths in countries in other countries which have significantly lower totals.
What is the reason for such drastic differences in numbers? The other countries have stricter gun control laws and they require bare arm safety courses.
These laws have a direct relationship to the number of gun deaths which occur each year from country to country. Perhaps if the U. S. would adopt some of those laws the number of deaths would drop accordingly. I am in the middle about this issue I believe better education on the use of guns is necessary. I look at what happen here in the USA in such cases as Virginia Tech, Columbine, and other instances where gun control needs to be seriously considered. On the other hand there are many people who are not a threat and should be allowed to have guns.
People of the U. S. ren’t as rigidly regulated by gun laws compared to other countries in some instances that could be okay other people should actually have psychological test. In the United States it takes anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to get a permit to carry a handgun. However, in most crimes committed with a handgun, the gun isn’t even licensed. More authority is necessary to control the illegal handling of handguns. This is the main issue because it is so easy to by a handgun on the street that has not been properly registered so getting the guns off the street would be the greatest first step to control crime guns.
I also feel the person requesting a permit should first be educated on the proper use, cleaning, and handling of a firearm. This would help to avoid any accidental shootings from occurring. They should be made aware of all the laws regarding the handling of firearms. Also the specific use of gun locks because there are so many incidents in the news about children getting shot or shooting others in the home because the parents have the guns in plain sight. The children think they are toys which causes recklessness.
To some this may seem severe. But as I stated earlier, better education can prevent a lot of the crime and killings that happen in the United States. Some states have tried many different laws to curb the amount of illegal guns that hit the street. Some have been successful like Virginia which had the one gun a month law because people where coming into the state to take guns to other states to use on the streets. This curbed the amount that a person could buy In a month.
The only downside to this was that so many people who may use guns for hunting if they waited until the last minute may only have one to use during the season. In my opinion the United States need to make some changes into how guns are or can be distributed. 1. If a person has been convicted of a violent felony of misdemeanor then that person should never be allowed to own not purchase a gun. There should be background checks with those who are shown to have had psychological issues required to be tested by a doctor to determine if they are fit enough to possess such a weapon.
Those who are allowed to purchase a gun should be required to take courses on proper safety and use of the gun. I also believe that with every gun should come with a special gun lock and requirements to keep them on at all times I would not want to disrupt the constitutional right of Americans to bear arms but stricter handling requirements such as education and training should be enforced so that so many reckless or unintentional discharges will not occur each and ever year.