Gun control laws in America have been a long standing issue that is still a problem today. In America it is excessively easier to obtain a gun license than to obtain a driver’s license. Americans who want to obtain a license to drive in the United States must pass a written and a driving test with a government official driving instructor. Some states require a drug and alcohol course before issuing a license to drive.
The same concept should apply for obtaining a gun license. Due to guns licenses not being a test in ability like a driver’s license, obtaining a gun is like being given a deadly device without having to know how to properly control it when in use, or use it properly. This is ...view middle of the document...
Another possible reason the databases may not be a source to catch everything is due to the fact that juveniles are not judged as harshly and have some offenses removed or not even put on from their records. Their names are sometimes not released to the public and during crime reports in media sometimes be altered.
The laws for purchasing guns do not account for the mental state of others enough. Anyone can just walk into a gun store and buy a gun the same day in some stores ,without proper psychological examinations to determine if they are mentally fit enough to use in wisely. In 1991 the government survey Women, Easterners and Democrats to see who wanted to ban handguns, the results were over 50 percent who wanted to ban hand guns. In 2011, it dropped down to the low 30 percent tile. The survey showed more Americans wanted to keep their rights to own a handgun in 2011 than in 1991. Guns offer to some, protection and a way to cope with the dangers of the outside world.
In 2008, there were over 16,000 murders in the United States, of those murders 67 percent were firearm related. Firearms are the number one factor in over half of the murders in the United States in 2008.
When talking about murders involving firearms one must not forget to analyze events such as school shootings. Statistical information is important for data purposes but in order to understand the mental state of the criminal, case history should be brought to mind as well.
The Government is under fire by the pubic more than usual after congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011 by Jared Lee Loughner, who bought a pistol legally from a sportsman store.
Criminals are also able to get their hands on guns without all the legal steps to obtain a gun, either by asking friends to purchase the gun or by stealing the guns from relatives.
In 1999, two boys committed a crime that still haunts people to this day. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold became the infamous criminals behind the Columbine shooting. The two shooters acquired their guns through what is called a straw purchase, which is...