Gun Control: A Deadly Interpretation
By: Anna Gibson
The deeply rooted debate on gun control has cast a huge shadow on “the right to bear arms.” Interpretations of the Second Amendment can vary wildly by those who are on different sides of the spectrum.
While this would seem to be referring to those who are in highly trained positions in the police or military, those on the right believe that the amendment gives every American the freedom to protect themselves, their family and their property with guns.
So, what are the laws on guns in America? Well, it depends on where you live. The Federal Government has only a limited regulation over the distribution and use offirearms. Federal law on Gun control predominantly relies on the Second Amendment and several acts such as:
- The National Firearms Act
- Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
- Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
The major laws on guns in America are decided on by the States. Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Georgia are just a few of the states that have very lax laws on guns and gun control. In these states the only law regarding gun use is that one must have a permit to carry a handgun, this excludes shotguns and rifles. There is no law on having a permit to purchase the handgun. Compare this lack of regulation with another right Americans have: Driving.
The use of a automobiles can be a deadly one, yet there is no ban on operating them. There are, however, strict laws on the use of cars such as reaching a certain age, being sober while operating, and having to go through a process to obtain a license to use an automobile.It would seem reasonable to have similar laws and restrictions be placed on guns to ensure safety.
The argument “guns don't kill people, people kill people” is often used by Pro Gun enthusiasts, to point out that killings will still occur without the use of guns. Of course, killings would still occur without guns, but killing on a massive scale is unlikely if a gun isn't in play. The more intriguing argument is whether all of the killers who have used guns would have bothered to kill at all if they did not have access to a gun.
No matter how deadly the shooting, Republican politicians continually seem to propose guns as being the solution, but why? No organization is more aligned with the right winged beliefs regarding gun ownership than the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA receives millions of dollars each year from its members. This money goes towards paying lobbyist who then donate to politicians providing them with substantial amounts of money. The NRA is a major organization to influence politicians to pass lenient gun control laws.
The harsh truth is that there are too many guns floating around to completely eliminate the opportunity to use guns...at least for now, but we can start by passing and enforcing stricter laws, providing health records to prove mental stability, and requisite training will help eliminate and control the abuse of guns in America.