Our society has grown and changed to where we try our best to accommodate new behaviors, perspectives, and ideologies. What we are not accommodating are the gun laws that need to be tightened to insure safety. The ten day waiting period to purchase a firearm should be extended in addition to taking a psychological exam. “On Dec. 15, 1791, ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution — eventually known as the Bill of Rights — were ratified. The second of them said” Sarah Gray (US Gun Control Laws History Timeline”. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not infringed”(US Constitution). Even though the times have changed, the second amendment has not. Why is that ? Could it be that our government cares more about the revenue that comes from firearms than our society, and the safety of our children. Is the life of the person next to me less than compared to a firearm? In order to keep the second amendment in practice while keeping our people safe , as a nation we need to work together to create stricter gun laws.
The first piece of national gun control legislation was passed on June 26, 1934. The National Firearms Act (NFA) — part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal for Crime“— was meant to curtail “gangland crimes of that era such as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ”Sarah Gray ( US Gun Control Laws History Timeline Laws). Purchasing a firearm is not difficult. To buy a shotgun, or rifle and ammunition you have to be eighteen, as well as having a firearm permit to purchase rifles and shotguns. “All other firearms — handguns, for example — can only be sold to people 21 and older” Kathleen Schuster ( 8 Facts About Gun Control in the Us).”There is no limit to the number of handguns that you may own but you are generally limited to purchasing no more than one handgun in any 30-day period”( Frequently Asked Questions).Background checks are required, yet we still have mass shooters with guns even though they had been evaluated to be 5150. If you are a danger to yourself and others you could be 5150 which means you are not qualified to purchase a firearm. Fugitives are restricted from purchasing firearms. The state fee when purchasing a firearm is $25, the DROS fee is $19 which covers the costs of a background check and transfery registry, you have to pay $1 for the Firearm Safety Act Fee and $5 for Safety and Enforcement Act.
Gun owners are protected by the Firearm Owners Protection Act that was passed by Congress in 1986 The sale and transfer of ammunition became loosened regulations because of this act( paraphrased 1) (US Gun Control Laws History Timeline). “In 2005, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was signed by President George W. Bush to prevent gun manufacturers from being named in federal or state civil suits by those who were victims of crimes involving guns made by that company” Sarah Gray ( US Gun Control Laws History Timeline),
In 2014 the population of the United States was 319 million people; in that time period US civilians and law enforcement owned 371 million firearms. In 2012 non- military gun revenues were accounted by 80% civilians. During 2014 fifty-two percent of handguns comprised all new guns vend to civilians and law enforcement where as in 2000 it was thirty-five percent.
Guns are meant for the people that can properly handle a firearm and can meet all the needed requirements. The state of California has the strictest gun laws, yet you are allowed to purchase as many handguns as you wish during specific time periods.You can give your spouse or registered domestic partner a firearm. You can give your adult child a firearm as long as the child is not in a prohibited category. Why does a child need a weapon that is meant to kill?
If there were stricter gun laws gun death threats would be reduced significantly . “44% of Americans say they personally know someone who has been shot with a gun, either accidentally or intentionally” ( 11 Facts About Guns). 27 people were killed by guns in America on Christmas Day in 2015, which is equal to the total number of people killed in gun homicides in an entire year in Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Estonia, Bermuda, Hong Kong, and Iceland combined (11 Facts About Gun).More than 36,000 Americans were victims of firearm-related deaths in 2015 ( Do Something Facts About Guns).Guns are rarely used in self defense (paraphrased 2) (Gun Control Pro and Cons). Seven children are killed and twelve more are injured with a gun every day ;meaning 2,555 children die a year by guns and 4,380 children are being injured by guns (paraphrased 3)(Do Something Facts About Guns). As a nation what do we care about more the life of an innocent child or guns. Our government has clearly showed us what is more important.
You can not start a car without gasoline. You can have gasoline in a car and not move it. With every cause, it takes a pair to create a reaction. You can have a loaded gun on a table and nothing will happen if no one touches it. Everything is in the hand of the holder. Guns are not always used in protection so they are dangerous. In order to keep people safe stricter waiting periods and an exam to see if you are mentally okay is important. Ian the shooter of the Borderline Shooting was in the process of being 5150 but was cleared, he clearly was not in the right state of mind. However, Chicago has very strict guns laws yet people are killed by guns every single day there, those guns aren’t legal. Stricter gun laws need to be intact.
Why are children that are so young be given a machine that is meant to harm someone? Why would anyone want to have a weapon that is designated to hurt. The Second Amendment protects the US citizens just incase our government goes psycho. When Obama was president gun sales were extremely high because people were in fear there guns were going to be taken away. Now that Trump is in office gun sales have dropped because there is no fear. Instead of threatening to take away guns we should charge more for bullets because not many people have five thousand dollars to spend on bullets. Keeping people safe and healthy is the main concern that needs to be resolved. People that are mentally ill need to be helped properly.