How about regulation of guns? To purchase a firearm, you must be 21 years old in the United States. Fugitives, people deemed to be a threat to the community, or those admitted to mental institutions are not permitted to purchase guns. It is also forbidden to own weapons for those convicted of felonies with more than one-year sentences or misdemeanors that carry sentences longer than two years. The purchase of weapons is prohibited for those convicted in the past year of using or illegally possessing controlled substances. To sell firearms, the dealer must have a Federal Weapons License. A background check must be done in accordance to the Brandy Handgun Violence Prevention Act of93. A federal form must be filled out (ATF4473). The FBI’s National Intimate Criminal Background Check System (NICS) will then conduct background checks (NICS). Only California, Connecticut and Hawaii require licenses in order to buy rifles or shotguns. (www.dw.com). Alaska, Arizona and Idaho allow concealed carry. (Concealed Carry Law of 2020) Guns are also available at gun fairs, and through third parties. Buyers have the option to skip background checks. Guns can be given as a gift. Everyone can sell guns from their home without having to obtain a permit. All these loopholes present a threat for our civilisation.
Seeing the horrific statistics regarding mass shootings in America, most people believe that there must be a way to reduce gun violence.
While a prohibition of assault-style firearms may be able to save a few lives, it will not have an impact on many others. American gun violence issues are much more serious than those of mass shootings. They account for only a tiny fraction of total gun-related deaths in America each year.
It is vital to reduce gun violence in the United States’ public environment. Becket (2016) stated in a 2016 report that firearm training is crucial to reducing the number of gun violence deaths. A firearm should never be owned by anyone who could cause harm to themselves or others. We might also prevent some violence by banning the sale firearms to people at high risk. Gun-related homicides have fallen by as much as 24-40 percent since background checks were conducted. (Becket (2016) What is the best way to stop mass shootings? “Experts advise that we limit ammo rather than ban firearms. Additionally, it’s likely to be more profitable than fortifying the local elementary school or hiring armed guards. Persons with mental illness should not have the right to buy firearms. Mental healthcare professionals should also report people who are a risk to their mental health or to society. As simple as gun prohibitions might not be effective, it is encouraging to see gun laws in America becoming stricter.