TheHoly Grail of Gun Control
Guncontrol refers to the policies and laws that control and regulate thesale, manufacture, and modification, possession, and application ofany firearm (Constance, Emerson, Crooker 20). These regulations varyin different regions around the world. For instance, countries suchas United Kingdom have developed strict limits on the possessions.Regulation of gun ownership aims at improving security throughrestricting handling of firearms by unauthorized people. Allowingpossession of firearms only to the law enforcing agencies improvesthe security (Carrington and Sharon 1). It is notable that widespreadaccessibility of guns encourages people to involve in unlawfulpractices and behaviors.
Americansare overly exposed to guns than any other industrialized nation. MostAmericans dream to own guns with a view of protecting themselves fromaggression and hunting. Children are also exposed to guns. Manyfamilies consider gun is hunting a sport that united people. Childrensee their parents hunt with guns as they wait to join the sport whenthey grow old enough. Some states have a minimum age for huntingwhile others require the presence of adult before children areallowed to hunt. In fact, gun hunting has become an important rite ofpassage in America. This is one example that outlines the extent towhich Americans are exposed to guns.
Manycountries have the power to offer their own security, that of othersthrough the sovereignty. However, countries can lose sovereigntypowers particularly when disarming is enforced by other countries.Such a process can be made possible through application of sanctions,embargos or involvement in the war. In addition, violation of theinternational arms control agreement can attract various sanctionsand penalties (Constance Emerson Crooker 95). Every state has to finda way in which it can keep guns out of the hands of criminals whileaccording the legitimate citizens the right to own guns.
Regionaland national security services and police facilitate realization oftheir laws. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives (ATF) combines effort with the InternationalTraffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) program to ensure the realizationof the national mission. It creates channels for reducing anddiscouraging illegal trafficking of firearms particularly those usedby the criminals. Effective gun control programs make a country safeand offer protection against terrorism and robbery. Unavailabilityand limited access to firearms make it difficult for criminal groupsto execute their unlawful practices and plans. Availability of gunsoffers power to criminals who feel that they have the requiredstrength to execute their malicious plans (Wilcox and Bruce 56).
Gunsshould be limited through strict regulation in the society toguarantee safety for unarmed societies during instillingresponsibility in those who own guns. It is unfortunate that gunshave claimed the lives of many people in the society through massshootings. This happens because some states have loosened theirstance on gun ownership requirements. For people to feel safe in thesociety, the law must create room for positive interaction throughelimination of laws that encourage the haphazard acquisition of guns.To support this position this paper will focus on the followingaspects of gun control: social interaction, reduced deaths, stablesociety, and a better future for the society (Lester and Mary 1).Death of innocent people during violence scenes and robbery claim thelives of many people causing the development trauma to victims andloved ones. The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is aperfect example of the dangers of uncontrolled availability of guns.One would wonder how the assassin obtained the gun because it waslegally established the Lee Oswald was not legally permitted to own agun.
Controllingaccessibility and availability of guns through strict laws will alsokeep them away from errand owners. If the average number of peopleowning guns in a locality is high accessibility increases. If so manyparents own guns, it will be unsurprising to see rising incidences ofmass shootings by children who steal the gun for illicit purposes ofGuns and other firearms encourage development of violence andconflicts that affect the social growth of the children. Violencescenes create social problems and can result to the development ofundesirable outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Whenchildren are exposed to gun violence, they might become violent tooin the society. Unregulated gun ownership exposes children to gunsand violence scenes. Children may think that guns are essential forprotection and can be used at any provocation (LaFollette 1).
Allthe problems that are brought about by unregulated gun ownership canbe eliminated through development of policies and regulation thatprohibits their possession, transportation, modification, and usage.For instance, there has been a worldwide debate concerning thefirearms that should be allowed to private individuals (Wilcox andBruce 56). Different countries have developed varying feelingsconcerning the firearms. The Newtown massacre that took place onDecember 20th, 2013 prompted president Obama to support introductionof a law that would restrict access of guns. He felt that thenational security cannot be made possible with the current flow ofguns. When addressing the press, the president shed tears as hemourned the death of innocent children whom he believed that couldhave become beneficial people to the country. However, thepresident`s idea received many oppositions from the conservativepoliticians and National Rifle Association. Nonetheless, conductedresearch encouraged Americans to support introduction of strict lawto limit accessibility of firearms (Kleck and Britt 260).
Thenew law focused prohibited the sale and possession of high capacityguns and magazines. It also introduced a requirement for backgroundchecks before a gun purchase. Both Republican and Congress realizedthe need for enhancing security through prohibiting possession ofguns. A comprehensive and strong bill was developed to make it moredifficult for criminals to access guns and other firearms. The newlaw increased the number of banned assault weapons, increased thelimit of the allowed capacity of an ammunition magazine to not morethan 10 rounds. The state also prohibited application ofarmor-piercing bullets (Constance Emerson Crooker 95).
Althoughthe state did not cancel gun ownership permits, it required all theauthorized owners to register their magazines with the state. Inaddition, gun owners were disallowed to load their magazines withmore than 10 rounds particularly when they are at a gun range orhome. This law created a statewide registry of people who are toanswer charges related to the application and threats involvingdangerous weapons. The law stated that the gun registry would only bemade available to the police officers and law enforcement agencies(Carrington and Sharon 1).
Inconclusion, guns can achieve another solution to the problems createdthrough encouraging and educating the society to avoid engaging incriminal activities. For instance, encouraging people to embracevarious religious understanding makes them love their neighbors andonly do desirable things to them. They freely stop involving inundesirable vices in the society and become beneficial people to theothers.
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