The term gun control is synonymous with controversies now. 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 vouch their concern about the free availability of a gun throughout the country. This feeling was reflected by many political parties 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 his life than possessing guns. And yet, the gun control debate has been a part of their life. There are once again two groups here. The first one is the group to advocate gun control. They say that laws need to be in place to bring about some decorum and control in organized crime. If there were no gun control laws and minors were to possess guns, then there would be chaos. The shooting spree in many American schools in recent years once again bought 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. 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 in the Second Amendment right that every American citizen has the right to bear fire arms. They say that an effective police system is required to curb crime, not gun control laws. The Gun-Show loophole is another reason they say that gun control laws 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, there has to be some restriction to curb the availability of guns freely. So are gun control laws really helpful? Only time will tell.