The term gun control is synonymous with many controversies these days. It has been sparking a debate on its effectiveness ever since the term was first coined.
- But is gun control as major a factor as it is made out to be?
- Is the law really effective?
Gun Control or control on the possession of a gun came about after a group of citizens started to proclaim their concern about the free availability of a gun throughout the country. This feeling was reflected by Democratic Party as well and laws started to be introduced. Laws like the Federal gun act, the Brady Bill etc. were imposed and then later on either modified or altered.
Gun Control And The Average Citizen
The average American citizen has always had more to think about in their life other than possessing guns. And yet, the gun control debate has been a part of most people’s lives. There are basically two groups here. The first one is the group to advocate gun control. They say that the norms need to be in place to bring about some decorum and control in organized crime. If there were no gun control norms and minors were to possess guns, then there would be chaos. The shooting sprees in American schools, movie theaters, and elsewhere keeps bringing the spotlight on gun control.
If minors could gain access to fully automatic and semi automatic weapons with ease, then there was certainly a loophole somewhere in the law. (Of course, rarely does anybody have access to fully automatic weapons.) A survey reveals that almost 57% of the population believes that there needs to be major restrictions and a ban if possible on guns in their state. The theory is supported by the fact that every year more than 1500 children are shot by accidental bullets. The number for adults is even more. This group has also been advocating the use of a trigger lock (a numerical lock) in a gun as a gun control measure.
Anti Gun Control
This group believes that every American citizen has the right to bear fire arms, guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. They say that an effective police system is required to curb crime, not gun control norms. The Gun-Show loophole is another reason they say that gun control norms are ineffective. In this loophole, people who purchase guns in a private transaction are not required to go through any background checks.
Despite all the gun control laws, 40% of all US homes have guns. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from any sort of attack. Yet, some believe there has to be some restriction to curb the availability of guns freely. So are gun control laws really helpful? Only time will tell.