Today I will be discussing why we should not infringe on our 2nd amendment rights. I will be laying out a logical, well balanced plan not only to reform gun policy, but also conserve our inalienable rights as laid out in the constitution.
Some people are saying that we should repeal the 2nd amendment, however I say that would demolish the credibility that our constitution holds. Repealing it would be unconstitutional and it would infringe on our inherent rights. 1st it would be taking away our guns then what would be next? Our freedom of speech? Our freedom of religion? What kind of example do we want to set as a country?
Here are 3 practical solutions to combat buyers from purchasing firearms for the wrong reasons.
- Every person attempting to purchase a firearm shall be subjected to a mental health check to evaluate if there are any underlying mental health disorders that the person in subject did not disclose. According to LA Times researcher Grant Duwe in his article from February 23, 2018 Actually, there is a link between mass shootings and mental illness he states, “At least 59% of the 185 public mass shootings in the United States from 1900-2017 were carried out by people who had been diagnosed with a mental disorder or demonstrated signs of serious mental illness prior to the attack.” This is a grave example of why we should have a mental health check as a precondition to purchasing a firearm as well as being subjected to one every 5 years.
- We should have Federal background checks. There is hodge podge of state and local legislation governing on background checks. Some states are strict and some states are lenient when it comes to background checks. Let’s take a look at Chicago, Illinois. They have the strictest gun laws, but they also have one of the highest gun related crime rate in the U.S. Why? Because Illinois is is surrounded by states that are lenient concerning gun background checks. New York Times took a survey, “According to an anonymous survey of inmates in Cook County, Ill., covering 135 guns they had access to, only two had been purchased directly from a gun store. Many inmates reported [they] had brought the guns from out of state. One inmate said, “ Some people get on a risk they want to take.” This is why we need Federal Backgrounds Checks everywhere including places like online and gun shows. We need to have consistent background checks that go across state lines. If we have Federal Background Check, Records would be seen since the age of 10 and this would include mental illness history as well. This brings me to my next point, N.F.G.R.
- N.F.G.R. an acronym for National Federal Gun Regulations. This would enforce a base for all states to have a standard for gun law/regulation. This would provide consistency throughout the US and across state lines. N.F.G.R. would enforce mental health check prior to train and bring them back, can be up to 5 or 6 guns, depending on how much purchasing a firearm, federal background checks everywhere, and possible raising the purchase age from 18 to 21. In all states. This would provide a consistency that currently does exist. N.F.G.R. would likely decrease if implemented guns getting in the wrong hands.
We need improvement, but we should not disarm law-abiding American citizens. Some Problems just do not have clear solutions. Gun violence is one of those problems. There will always be people who want to do harm with a firearm.