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Once again, gun control is not the answer to our problems

Once again, gun control is not the answer to our problems

June 14
21:04 2016

Preston Mitchell | Staff Writer

 @presto_mitch

[dropcaps]O[/dropcaps]n Sunday, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place as 29-year-old Omar Mateen gunned down 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando. As a nation, we’re all heartbroken by this unwarranted violence on the LGBT community and, more importantly, our fellow brethren.

Within these past few days, this devastating attack has become the focus for the continual debate on gun legislation. Such laws would include regulations on the sales, manufacturing and possession of firearms.

Do we continue to allow the ease of gun acquisitions or should our nation pass laws for total gun control? The answer to each question is no. In spite of the need for several laws of the sort, American guns cannot, will not and should not have absolute jurisdiction.

For starters, guns are too inextricably linked to our culture to be tethered by contemporary policies. At risk of sounding archaic, we can’t forget how Americans took up arms to end colonialism and its quartering of soldiers. On a more relevant note, the hunting industry is huge in the States —  about 14 million participants annually. Tampering with how these businesses acquire their weapons would hurt an already sensitive economy.

The U.S. has the most armed populace in the world with an estimate of more than 270 million guns. Because this averages to 90 guns per every hundred people, it puts our self-defense odds substantially ahead of other countries like Yemen, Switzerland and Finland. It also explains why the Islamic State, to whom Mateen pledged his allegiance, employs sneak terrorism throughout the world.

The solution shouldn’t be to outlaw firearm usage. We should be working on legal adjustments to how civilians acquire weapons. Creating a national system of background checks and psych evaluations to mediate America’s true gun owners would lower crime rates exponentially. Due to several states’ own gun regulations, the FBI completed 23 million successful background checks last year. Since this nearly tripled the 8.5 million completed in 2000, the U.S. has made this option reasonable.

One of the most appalling circumstances behind the massacre was how easily Mateen legally purchased an AR-15 and Glock handgun.The AR-15 was outlawed in 1994, and even though the ban expired in 2004, Congress did not renew it. Therefore, the discrepancy resides in Florida, one of the easiest states to acquire these kinds of weapons. If Mateen attempted the attack in any other state, stronger laws might have stopped him.

The widespread faithfulness to the Second Amendment isn’t unjustified. It’s constitutional. Given that firearms are inseparable from  American economics and history, our proper call to action is to moderate acquisition immediately, rather than going back and forth on a debate that simply can’t be won.

The only way that we can prevent tragedies like Orlando is to legally keep psychopaths off of our guns. Florida received its warning on Sunday.

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