These guns are sold on what is called the black market to basically anyone. Anyone of any age, with no waiting period, no matter what your criminal record is, can purchase these guns. The fact that these guns are sold illegally allows guns to fall into the wrong hands. Gang members and murderers purchase these guns and go onto the streets and kill members of our own families. These problems are trying to be prevented by catching them and putting them in jail. By this point it is too late, someone?s child or mother has been killed. If the guns were taken out of their hands the crime would never be committed.
In the legal and illegal use of firearms, some ways of obtaining and the selling of guns are shocking and others are well known. Children, teens, and adults all have ways to obtain a firearm even if they are underage or do not pass a mandatory back-ground check, which causes
Many students in America, might consider school almost like a home because they spend about half a day in. We need students to be safe at school, so why not have an officer patrolling the hallways. To make the school much safer, the officers should have guns in case there is a threat towards the students. In the eyes of many United State citizens a gun can symbolize death; however, a gun can save several people’s lives. As U.S citizens, we have the right to keep and bear arms, so why do we not have police officers with guns patrolling schools. “Gun violence is a major social issue in America and American schools and university campuses have become targets of gun violence” (Bond). In the U.S we had several severe situations when someone comes to the school and starts to kill not only students, but teachers and staff, this could have been prevented if we were prepared and secured. Although the opposition may suggest it could be more dangerous to have an officer or guard be allowed with a gun; however, having an officer with a gun would decrease the number of shootings and other minor problems at schools.
Gun violence is the sign of a far greater universal problem in America today. Violence and gun violence specifically, is surrounded within, and spread all through every part of our society. All the reasons remain intimately related to the actual solution, which can only be a general solution one by treating it as one issue. The region that I live in is considered a peaceful part of Harvest, which I am particularly grateful about. I do not have to worry about gunfights in the roads of my community, nor maybe being helpless confronted by students with a gun at school. That, nevertheless, does not mean that my community is impermeable to gun violence. Huntsville has seen its share of gun violence from the incident at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where three people were murdered and three others injured on February 12, 2010. Throughout the course of a routine gathering of the biology department attended by about 12 people, professor Amy Bishop stood up and began shooting those next to her with a 9-millimeter handgun (Hall 2010)
Just imagine sitting in class one day and hearing a loud bang and the next moment there is a confusing, abrupt, commotion. Imagine walking into a movie theater and not walking out. It is hard to imagine things like this happening because we have never experienced these moments ourselves, but to victims of gun violence, these moments are familiar and very real. Gun violence is becoming too common in this country. So common, that when there is a shooting, people are unaffected by such news. There has been desire from the people of America to change gun policy, but there are also people that argue against this because it goes against our Second Amendment rights. Although there are reasonable arguments on behalf of and against more regulations on guns, more regulations and background checks would reduce crime and death due to guns.
A majority of the American people feel that gun control laws will help reduce crime rates because the waiting period would allow time for a person’s temper to cool down. They also feel that gun control will prevent repeat offenders because when a person tries to purchase a handgun, he will have to fill out a lengthy questionnaire. The questionnaire will include questions about the buyer’s past, for example, if they have a criminal record or a record of any mental illness. If there is a criminal record in that person’s history, he will not be able to make the purchase. Restricting handgun ownership would also reduce crime, because guns are used most often in robberies and murders (Mayer 28). They are very easily concealed under a coat, or even in the waistband of pants.
Guns have been is society for centuries. They have been used for hunting, war, and even safety. However, in the past several years they have begun to take the lives of many innocent victims, often young children. In response to the killings in Newtown, Conn., it has been noted, “If this were a country, the number of children killed by gun violence would violate international law.” (Browne-Marshall) F.B.I. data shows in 2011, 1,668 African American children were killed due to guns. Day by day gun violence is rising and it is not only in ghetto neighborhoods.
9. Increase the amount of cameras in parking lots and inside firearms store. By increasing the number of cameras in parking lots and inside stores you are increasing formal surveillance of potential buyers. If dealers placed a camera in the store that had a sign stating the camera was monitored by the ATF or another federal agency, it could deter potential straw purchases by scaring potential buyers. Dealers could also bring customers to fill out paperwork in an area that has a camera with a motion sensor light, another possible scare tactic to make potential buyers second
According to “Closing Illegal Gun Markets”, “Forty percent of all annual firearm sales are through secondary or informal markets which involves felons, friends, and family and do not go through licensed retailers.” That number is almost half of all gun sales and of the half that go through licensed retailers. It is unknown how many people are purchasing guns for people who could not buy one legally. The problem with illegal gun purchases lies in the national background check system that is used, when someone purchases a gun at a licensed retailer. When these people go into buy a weapon, we have no idea what their intentions are. If they can pass the background check they are able to walk out with any guns they chose, from there these guns can end up in anyone’s hands. Background checks are not sufficient to stop gun violence due to back doors in the system and lack of punishment for offenders.
Although it seems like the problem of crime and gun violence is never approached or discussed, there are leaders within America tirelessly working to find a solution to help decrease crime. Alex Yablon puts it like this in his article on The Trace, saying “the lack of progress on the federal level should not be confused with a lack of proposed solutions to America 's gun violence epidemic – there are plenty of those, on both sides of the table.” Yablon means there are some bills that would limit the access to guns as well as bills that would prevent the enforcement of restrictions on guns. However, he is not the only one to have an opinion of how the government is viewing crime and gun violence. John Donohue, in his article Gun Control: What We can learn from other Advanced Countries, points out that besides being the world leader in the amount of guns available to citizens, the U.S. does not seem to be making much progress on finding a solution. Donohue also goes on to say that, “the stricter gun laws of other ‘advanced countries’ have restrained homicidal violence, suicides and gun accidents,” despite there being protest by the armed citizens (Newsweek Magazine Web). These two men each hold different viewpoints when it comes to how they think crime and gun violence is being addressed by the government, however, each of their viewpoints presents a valid opinion in regards to the issue. Still, in order to fully understand what is going on at the federal level, one has to
Gun control is major issue plaguing America. Due to America having loose gun laws, people constantly import foreign weapons. Currently, federal law prohibits certain people from owning firearms, such as those with certain types of criminal records, mental illness, drug addicts, immigrants without legal status, veterans who left the military with a dishonorable discharge, and anyone with a restraining order, and several others. Federal law requires that licensed gun dealers conduct a background check through a F.B.I. database, to see if the customer is prohibited from owning a gun. However, there are major issues with the system. There are incomplete listings of criminal cases and that small-scale sellers
Gun laws are very strict. In legal sales, regulations are so strict anything slightly off means a gargantuan penalty (#2 P1). Unfortunately, yet understandably, illegal gun sales are much harder to regulate, for obvious reasons. Black market sales are constant, undocumented, and usually cheaper than buying a registered weapon, making it that much harder to find the seller(#2 P2). Unlicensed gun dealers are allowed by Federal law to sell guns online, at gun shows, and in person, these salesmen are considered “private” sellers. Since they aren’t registered, they are not required to do background checks or keep record of their purchasers, though it is advised(#2 P4).
Nevertheless, we all have said no that’s not going to happen to me I’m always careful, but what if it did happen? Where would the public stand towards stricter gun laws. Safety we all worry for each other’s safety even if it’s going to the groceries or just being at home. Guns should have stricter gun laws towards them for the public safety so the public won’t have that question in the back of their mind “What if it happen to me?” Gun retailers should document all information of the gun he/she has in their hands and report it to the higher authorities like the FBI. So when any of the gun retailer guns are used at any crime law enforcements will have all the information on who the retailer sold it to making it easier to solve the crime. The policy shouldn’t let gun shows or gun auction not to do this following proper paper work (Mantel 249). Once buying a gun it shouldn’t be easy getting one or
Gun violence has been around for centuries and there have been many mass shootings, homicides and suicides. There is always the argument on “do guns kill people” or “do people kill people”? What people really need to be looking at is the problem which is people stocking up on guns and not knowing how to properly handle them and all the mass shootings that are taking place. As a country, people need to be coming up with solutions instead of doing nothing.
Reasons why we still do not have a viable solution to answer gun crime have to do with the politics surrounding the issue of gun control. The politics to blame are highlighted in an article by The Washington Post, “In 1996, the Republican-majority Congress threatened to strip funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unless it stopped funding research into firearm injuries and deaths. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of promoting gun control. As a result, the CDC stopped funding gun-control research.” Also “The National Institute of Justice, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, funded 32 gun-related studies from 1993 to 1999, but none from 2009 to 2012, according to Mayors Against Illegal Guns.” The institute