Stricter Gun Control Regulations
Stricter Gun Control Regulations
Each year thousands of people lose their lives through gun-related problems. Many of those deaths could have been prevented by stricter gun laws. American’s challenge the culture of violence when they act in the certainty that violence is no longer acceptable, that it is tired and outdated no matter how many cling to it in the stubborn belief that it still works and that it’s still valid. Dr. Gerard Vanderhaar (2013) wrote about stricter gun control, “hoping for a gun free society”. More restrictions on gun control regulations are needed.
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Supporters of the Brady’s approach to gun control suggest that the law has “stopped nearly half a million felons, fugitives, and stalkers from buying guns” (Democratic National Committee, 2000, p.23). Given that guns are generally considered the most dangerous weapon an offender may have during the commission of a crime (Cook P. J., 1987, 1991; Zimring, 1967; Zimring & Hawkins, 1997), the argument assumes a decrease in gun violence because many potential offenders have not been allowed to purchase handguns.
The best available study of Brady’s effect on changes to homicide and suicide are from Jens Ludwig and Philip Cook 2000a). The authors used vital statistics data for the period from 1985 through 1997. Ludwig and Cook found that Brady did not significantly reduce the overall firearm homicide and firearm suicide rates. The authors did find that Brady was associated with a decreased rate of firearm suicide for individuals aged 55 and older.
In the wake of 16 deadly mass shootings in 2012 including those in Newtown, CT, and Aurora, CO, in which semi-automatic rifles inflected mass casualties, President Obama and many across the country are calling for increased gun control including restricting access to semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. Personal Liberty Digest is American’s #1 news site for independent-minded individuals is conducting an urgent poll to find out if Americans think stricter gun laws would decrease or eliminate these tragedies. CBS News reports soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Read, D-Nev., announced an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control, a new CBS poll shows support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws kept as they are, and another 11 percent want them made less strict. (The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and Homicide Rates. Kaplan University Library).
The New York Times reports publicized incidents of gun violence by the students at Columbine High School, The Day Trader in Atlanta, and the white supremacist in Los Angeles have resulted in calls for increased gun legislation. While most Americans oppose an outright ban on all handguns, there is considerable support among the public for stricter laws governing firearms. Why is gun control such a hot debate? Perhaps to answer this question would be important to look at some key statistics concerning handguns in our society. In this country where nearly half of all United States households own at least one gun, nearly 30,000 people die from a gunshot each year (Kellermann, 1988). From this alone, it is no wonder gun control is such an important issue. There needs to be leaders to step forward to address the question of what we need to do to reduce gun violence. What are you...