Restricting Gun Control in the United States
For many decades gun control and ownership has been a major issue in the United States. Gun control and ownership needs to be restricted in order to maintain order and save lives throughout the world, but especially in the United States. Restricting firearms, especially for civilians minimizes gun trafficking and enforces gun safety. The restriction of guns needs to be federally regulated, not state regulated in order to be effective.
There have been several laws set in place to assist with regulating firearms. The two most prominent federal laws are the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. The National ...view middle of the document...
The National Rifle Association is so powerful that they are able to firmly fight against any impending regulation to restrict firearms. They refuse to join many discussions, even those requested by the President of the United States. According to the editorial titled Obama must turn up the heat and confront the NRA, “by refusing to join the discussion, the NRA continues to demonize compromise that could limit the gun access to mentally disturbed and dangerous people (Editorial, p.1).” The vast amount of power that the NRA has allows for even more concerned citizens by providing easy access to firearms for individuals that should not possess them.
The current gun control and ownership regulations need to be revised. In most states a person of eighteen years old can acquire a firearm. However, it is required that a purchase for a firearm should be from a federally licensed dealer. Individuals have to be a United States citizen and go through a registration process to obtain the firearm. In order to register for a firearm Form 4473 has to be completed. This form contains all the necessary information about the purchaser and gun, including the firearm’s serial number, make, and model. There are certain persons that are prohibited from obtaining a firearm, such as illegal aliens and convicted felonies. There is a one month minimum and twenty year maximum if convicted for the use of a firearm in a violent or drug trafficking crime (Krouse, p.1). Despite these current regulations that are set in place, it is still rather simple to obtain a firearm.
The best approach to take when dealing with gun control and ownership is the managerial approach. Dealing with firearms in the sense of a business makes more sense. This way there are clearly defined rules and regulations for obtaining and maintaining firearms in the United States. In order to maximize gun regulation everyone should fall under the same umbrella as far as civilians go. The view of the individual for the managerial approach is not significant. The individual should conform to the laws of gun control and ownership, not the other way around. Once the law is set in place civilians should follow them. Gun control and ownership should not be designed specifically for each individual. All civilians should follow the same rules in order to prevent inappropriate use of firearms, especially when it comes to killings. According to the Policy Almanac on gun control, “of the homicides in which the type of weapon could be identified, from 60% to almost 70% have involved firearms each year (Krouse, p. 2).” This demonstrates the need to have federally regulated gun control for civilians in order to minimize fatalities.
One of the best ways to resolve the issue of firearm misuse and restrict ownership is to increase the age limit. As previously stated, many states have their own rules and regulations for firearm use and age requirement of eighteen years old. In many cases eighteen year olds are...