Gun Violence: What the Government Should Fix

Ian Davis, Reporter

Gun violence is sadly a part of everyone’s lives today; whether it is from experiencing gun violence first-hand or hearing about it, this needs to change.

The government should try to restrict the right to bear arms to keep guns out of unsafe civilians’ hands.

According to 112 Congress Public Law 265, a mass shooting is defined as three or more fatalities in a single incident.

Mass shootings can take place anywhere, ranging from schools to churches to grocery stores. 

People killed by U.S. Gun Violence in 5 years

This Statista chart shows the amount of people killed by U.S. Gun Violence in 5 years. Photograph Courtesy of Statistica

In 2019, there have been 464 deaths and 1,695 injuries due to mass shootings.

Fortunately, the government has taken some action to prevent mass shootings.

 

In 2017, the White House announced that the bump stock, a modification to semi-automatic rifles, is banned due to the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, the deadliest shooting in United States history. 

More than a dozen states have implemented the Extreme Risk Order, more known as the Red Flag Law.

The Red Flag Law gives the state the right to temporarily confiscate weapons if someone is deemed unsafe towards firearms. 

Even with the government trying, there is always the possibility of something to happen because nothing can be perfect. 

The El Paso shooting (Aug. 3, 2019) had the most deaths in 2019 with 22 deaths and 24 injuries.

The government should be trying harder to control how people use guns.

But do not be mistaken, the government cannot take away the 2nd Amendment just because of a few hundred people using guns incorrectly. 

All the government has to do is try harder to prevent and put a stop to mass shootings. 

Harsher background checks at gun sales or counseling people that violence is not always the answer sounds like a simple solution, but the effect could change how mass shootings look like in our future.

Lobbyists should push for harsher background checks and should all be on the same page on not restricting guns, but monitoring gun usage. Background checks should be the same nationally and not dependent on a state.

The Trump Administration passed bills such as the bump stock ban, but they have not helped overall.

In order to get a permit to own a gun, the course should be more comprehensive on the effects of mass shootings, both from the victim’s and shooters’ perspective.

Most of these bills were passed earlier in 2019, and there still were 415 mass shootings in 2019 alone. 

Mental Health professionals are required by law to report any spousal, child or sexual abuse. Any mental health professionals should report anyone who is deemed unsafe, such as a whitelist. There should be a more psychologically focused background check on weapons, including an evaluation. 

The number of mass shootings has increased consistently over the past few years, and it does not look like it will end any time soon.

Hopefully, within the next year, not just the government, but also the people of the United States will put an end to mass shootings.

The government should have more strict background checks, monitor gun usage and prevent the chance of the occurrence of mass shootings by keeping the psychological side of a background check on point.