Aim Should be on Tighter Gun Control

After two mass shootings in America in just a two week time, it is time for people to push for, and the government to work towards, more stringent regulations in regards to gun ownership.

Over a mere two week time span, America has been witness to two mass shootings. The first occurred at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater on July 20, during the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” The second incident occurred this past Sunday at a Sikh gurdwara (a temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The shooting in Aurora resulted in the deaths of 12 people and left an additional 58 people injured. The Oak Creek shooting resulted in the deaths of 6 people, with an additional 3 people injured.

In addition to these two incidents, which received wide media coverage, there were at least two lesser publicized cases of planned mass shootings that were stopped before they happened.

The United States already ranks highest amongst developed nations for firearm related injuries per year and has the highest rate of gun ownership. Each year, there are upwards of 10,000 deaths due to firearm related injuries.

Enough is enough.

Gun ownership and gun violence in this country has gotten out of control. Yes, the Constitution ensures the average citizen has the right to own a firearm. The Second Amendment, the document grating this right, was adopted in 1791 – almost 225 years ago.  This right was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008 in a ruling that determined the average citizen could own a firearm for person usage, and could keep a loaded weapon in their home for self-defense purposes.

This is all fine, but to say that guns have not changed in the almost 225 years since the passage of the Second Amendment would be a gross understatement. As such, the laws governing gun ownership need to keep up with the times.

Gun ownership needs better and more stringent regulation and accessibility. No one should be able to walk into their local Wal-Mart and pick up a shiny new gun or two.

Many states do not require state permits or licenses in order to purchase a firearm, nor do they require owners to register their firearms within the state.  It’s fine to have such requirements at the federal level; however, at the very least, states should be enforcing similar requirements upon their citizens wishing to obtain guns for personal ownership.

It is high time for the federal and state governments to work on creating real regulation of gun ownership. There is no reason for incidents like those in Aurora and Oak Creek, and many others, to be happening. People should not have to live in fear of partaking in everyday activities because for years anyone has refused to really combat the rampant gun violence across America.

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Susan August 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
The article does not factor in the people involved in the gun incidents cited. The average citizen who is a gun owner does not own the gun with the intention of committing a crime. The people who commited these violent acts have mental issues which triggered (no pun intended) their actions. They chose guns as a means to their end. They could just as easily have gotten instructions off a website on how to make a bomb in their garage that could have produced the same outcome. Maybe our country needs better mental health care - not stricter gun regulations.
Sam I Am August 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Please tell me how to walk into Walmart and buy a shiny gun or two? Will you go with me and a video and show me how its done. I really need you to prove this to your readers.
Joshua Kopac August 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Guns protect against tyranny. There will be a revolution soon enough, sad to say. Can you comment on the Social Security Administration buying 147,000 hollow point bullets, yesterday, the NOAA buying 16,000 rounds 2 days ago, and also DHS buying 450 MILLION rounds a couple months back? "When SECONDS matter the police are only MINUTES away"
Joshua Kopac August 16, 2012 at 05:50 PM
How about the good news stories relating to guns? The mainstream media won't show you these. Guns don't kill, people do. - http://lewrockwell.com/spl4/heroic-armed-citizen.html - http://deadlinelive.info/2012/08/07/armed-citizen-in-tx-stops-shooting-spree-and-saves-cop-by-making-150-yard-shot-with-a-pistol/
Richard August 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Criminals don't care about gun laws or restrictions. That is what makes them criminals. The cities with the most restrictive gun laws have the highest crime rates. In Switzerland every citizen is required to have a gun and be proficient in its use; Switzerland has virtually no violent crime. Never let facts get in the way of a good fairy tale. It is an old cliche, but here it is. "If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns." All of the gun restrictions in the world will not stop some nut from doing harm. These have not been the first mass shootings and they will not be the last despite any type of gun control. Gun Control for me is a steady hand and an accurate shot. In the hands of a criminal a gun is a weapon; in the hands of a law abiding citizen it is a tool, no different than a hammer.


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