How can Gun Violence be prevented? Marilyn Aboagye Stockton University Abstract This paper is going to provide the main points of how gun violence can be prevented. It provides statistics on how much gun violence has affected, many lives throughout the past couple of months. Gun violence has become a very important subject, people are being shot at just because they are out there living their lives, going to school not knowing if you will be safe. Many gun perpetrators have been known to have some sort of mental illness but that is not an excuse for them to be hurting innocent families.
The sources provided in the paper all talk about the importance of gun violence, the necessary steps that need to be taken to ensure public safety and the safety precautions that need to be taken when there is a threat from a gun man or woman at school or in public. Gun violence has become a popular topic nowadays due to the recent shootings that have been happening and causing young children to lose their lives or a family member. There have been at least seventeen school shootings this year only. What laws can be made toward gun violence? How can families possibly feel safe when people get guns for the wrong reasons? Shouldn’t people be allowed to live free of fear of being killed in neighborhoods and schools? For there to be fewer tragedies and loss of lives the government has to create new laws and regulations that restricts and limits the buyer from getting any kind of weapon if they are underage. Gun control should be a priority for the government because it one of safety measures to insure that people won’t have to live in fear because students are being killed or shot at at least every month.
The only way that people can feel safe again is to have limitations like the age of the buyer and the types of guns that are being used. Creating these limitations will decrease the mass shootings. In the article written by Benjamin Blau, it shows that there has been an increase in the number of public shootings since the late 1990s. The results from a shooting show that most gun laws are unrelated to whether an event occurs. “A shooting occurred at a waffle house near Nashville where the gunman killed four people who were all under the age 30 with two others injured. The gunman, Travis Reinking has a history of delusions and run-ins with the police. He had been fired a couple weeks ago before the shooting occurred and with his troublesome past, he was barred from possessing any type of firearms and arrested on Monday and charged with four counts of criminal homicide. Reinking had gotten hold of the guns when his father gave him the weapons which he should be arrested for breaking the law”( Blau, 2016). This just goes to show that no matter how many times people are going to get hurt from gun violence there is always going to be a different way for perpetrators get weapons whether it is getting them illegally or given to you by a family member.
Support for stronger gun regulations spiked to 68% after the shooting up from 60% last November, according to a Politico/Morning Consult survey. Public support for the NRA is down to 37%, according to a WSJ/NBC poll, the first time since 2000 that the organization has been viewed more negatively than positively. Parkland students publicly called out the NRA’s influence on national politics and shamed the leaders they considered responsible for the nation’s lax gun laws. Former Senator Rick Santorum told students to learn how to perform CPR and not rally for “phony gun laws” and students could work to stop bullying in their communities or respond themselves to a shooter instead of asking lawmakers to approve legislation to protect them. As a senator, a part of your job would be to support your fellow citizens especially children who are speaking out for there to be more change in how the government, the president or congress approaches certain situations and also it is not a students job to put themselves in danger when there is potentially someone holding a gun threatening to hurt them.
People who spoke out about the March for Our Lives and gun use in the United States have talked about being able to vote on the upcoming elections for someone who is going to support them and their rights and find better and more effective ways to stop gun violence in our communities. Gius Marks introduces the study of how the state and the federal gun control laws can affect school shooting. It might be difficult for others to believe that the government would do anything to support new laws that can help with the current problem. The article also states the banning of assault weapons and high capacity magazines has reduced the number of school shooting victims by 54.4 percent.
“The desires to enact effective gun control that tends to lie at the center of the fleeting public discussions. With some 250–350 million guns in circulation, firearms regulation is an issue of mammoth proportions”( Marks, 2018). But, unfortunately, attempts to identify the factors that lead to gun violence often take on a stigmatizing and inaccurate turn. The misconception persists despite the fact that it’s blatantly inaccurate. Mass shootings account for less than 1 percent of gun deaths in the United States, by the FBI’s definition of four or more deaths in one incident. On several occasions, it has been known that when we might be in danger due to the misuse of a gun, the president has some sought of an excuse to why someone did what they did and the government follows in on his lead.