Government intervention will not stop the mass shootings. Americans live in a pro-gun culture. The freedom “of bearing arms” enjoyed in the United States translates into some citizens twisting that freedom into horrible acts of violence. The second amendment of the constitution, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-2) is the legal foundation for this particular freedom. The interpretation of this amendment varies widely between political affiliations.
What will Congress do? Congress is only going to do the minimum to ensure our safety and the maximum to ensure their allegiance to the gun lobbyists. If the Congress passes a law it will be more about gun safety then gun control. The production of weapons will continue to escalate. To Congress, this might seem to be the only possible compromise available, and a good first step. However, compromise is not enough. The shootings will continue.
According to this survey, the American people want the following:
- A gun control bill that prevents people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns.
- A gun control bill that has universal background checks
- A gun control bill that tracks all gun sales
- A gun control bill that bans high capacity ammunition magazines
- A gun control bill that bans assault-style weapons
Recent mass shootings have ignited the country to demand reform.
My opinion. To defend their homes and their person, citizens need handguns and shotguns. To enjoy their sporting endeavors, hunters need rifles and bows. All other types of guns should be for our military and police forces. However, we are lead to believe that if we allow any gun control measures to be passed then a total ban of all guns will be imminent. There are approximately 270 million guns of all types in the United States. They will not magically disappear. The gun culture will continue in America and people will die. Limited gun control is the answer.