Gun Violence: Should We or Shouldn’t We?
The issue of gun control has been a very important topic following the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings just last year. We all feel compassionate for the families of these Americans whose lives were taken in the most horrifying way. We are all too familiar with the saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” my goal is to find some validity to this statement. The most prevalent question is whether the problem is the access to the gun or the person with access to the trigger. The answer to this I will soon come to but as of now let’s focus on the issue at hand. Crimes resulting in death would be reduced if the purchase of guns could only be made
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Unfortunately, guns purchased without background checks are all most impossible to monitor. There is also no way of knowing the history of the person the gun is being sold to. This is why just “plugging the loopholes” would be overall ineffective. “The organization in the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence are united in urgently calling on Congress to require background checks for all firearm purchasers, ensure that prohibited purchaser records in the NICS are up-to-date and accurate, and limit high-capacity ammunition feeding devices to 10 rounds.” stated Chief Jim Johnson (Should 28). Requiring background checks will slow the rate that that guns fall into the hands of those that mean innocent others harm but it won’t stop it completely because of the fact that most records aren’t up to date. Limiting high-capacity ammunition is most likely the most obtainable of all listed objectives. Banning and discontinuing murderous weapons as such will slow the rate at which mass murders are committed.
Let’s think for a moment what it would be like if gun control advocates had their way. If gun control advocates won the argument and got