The year is quickly coming to a close, and it’s clear 2017 has made an unforgettable mark on the lives of many.
This year has made its mark because it is the deadliest year due to mass shootings in at least a decade.
Las Vegas saw 58 deaths and Texas saw 26. These are only a few of the tragedies that occurred this year but they were also the largest. Having one thing in common; they were all committed using the same weapon.
The Onion, the satirical news outlet coined the perfect phrase with a headline responding to mass shootings, “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens.”
America listens to redundant speeches from government officials giving their condolences to the families of victims killed in these shootings. What isn’t talked about is what they are doing to fix the problem.
Conservatives quiver at the mere mention of implementing gun control laws. How dare the government even consider taking away their right to own a tactical rifle? How else are we to eliminate the potential home burglar or protect ourselves when the zombie apocalypse finally arrives?
Gun control should make it harder for these deranged psychopaths to get ahold of semi-automatic rifles that have been used to spray bullets into a crowd of innocent people.
Firearm regulation neither means taking guns away from those who have them, nor does it mean people should not be able to purchase guns. In fact, guns are a great tool to have for protection and defense.
Those purchasing guns should have to participate in certain procedures to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
The current federal regulation on guns states that to purchase a handgun, one must be 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and pass the Brady Act background check. A small list of requirements that lead to a brand-new, shiny pistol.
State regulations vary. According to the California Gun Laws website, California has some of the strictest gun regulations, one of them being a 10-day waiting period for firearms.
Like many other states, California does not require permits to purchase guns or the registration of rifles and shotguns. But it does at least require a Handgun Safety Certificate for firearms.
If policies were more strict and training was more rigorous, then gun violence may become less common and guns could even become a more useful tool for safety.
A few more procedures to save potentially hundreds of lives is more of a precaution than a stripping of rights. Procedures that are tedious make utilities safe, like driver’s license laws.
To drive a car, you must pass certain tests (written and physical driving), obtain a license and register your vehicle. Not to mention that that license has to be renewed.
If you misuse your license, it will be revoked. Seeing as how the same rules apply to owning and riding a motorcycle, it seems ludicrous that using a deadly weapon doesn’t require the same guidelines.
The fact that nothing has changed in so long shows that this problem isn’t being properly addressed. Other countries respond to high gun violence with reform, which in turn decreases the amount of gun violence.
In 2009, 15 people died at, Winnendon school in Germany from a school shooting. Soon after, Germany created a gun registry to increase the regulation of guns and gun storage.
If the U.S. followed suit and listened to public opinion, it could see a decrease in mass shooting deaths similar to other countries. The U.S. can no longer consider itself the greatest country in the world, only the deadliest.