|Forearms and Background Checks
With recent incidences of gun violence, many are fearfully asking, “What preventative measures are being taken”? Now, realistically, what preventative measures really can be taken; Security guards at every door? Metal Detectors? Making guns illegal all together? Maybe some of that could be helpful in certain circumstances, but how far will they go before we’re saying our freedoms are being taken away? The truth is that people are going to get their hands on firearms if they wish to have one. Our best defense is not in making them illegal but rather tightening up the process by which we’re able to get them. If every criminal out there bought a firearm through illegal means, there wouldn’t be hardly any traceable lines back to where the gun came from and probably an absence of any records that could provide reliable information. Making guns illegal is just not going to help against gun crimes, and certainly wouldn’t help us defend ourselves, our families and our homes.
Written by: Jordan Creson | Fullidentity.com | (214) 331.2551
As of late, the law only requires background checks to be processed for guns purchased through federal licensed firearm dealers (FFLs). This means, that anyone who sells a personal firearm is not required by law to run a back ground check or do any sort of criminal or mental health screening. Studies have shown that private sales make up about 40% of all gun sales in the U.S. Without doing any background checks of potential buyers, who knows what type of individual has a gun in their hand? This could be pretty damaging considering the moral decline that our nation has seen over the past few decades. Something should be done, but what will the cost be when the government regulations hit? What’s the solution?
This is not my platform to argue a solution but to tickle the ears of America with a simple question and a conflict. It seems right that we ought to have some regulation in private firearm sales. However, if the government gets heavily involved, it will become a government program that ends up stripping our rights to firearms away. This again will lead to illegal gun sales and the crimes that go along with that. Making guns illegal seems clearly improbable and a bit ignorant, because the only people who will end up owning guns will be those who seek to acquire them by illegal means (criminals), resulting in innocent civilians defenseless to protect their homes and families. What can the people do to help regulate the issue in private sales? Again, I don’t have a solution, but it’s a question that the people should answer.
In actuality, the root of this problem is far deeper than murders taking place at the pull of a trigger. It’s the mental and spiritual condition of the person who owns the firearm. I propose that guns not be eliminated, but proper understanding and training be instilled in Americans at an appropriate age. Background checks should obviously be implemented before being permitted to purchase a firearm, but a proper training in a lifestyle of serving the people of this country and protecting it will change the outcome of owning a firearm. What happened to the condition of the American heart? What happened to loving our neighbor? If such principles hadn’t been so rejected over the course of the last 50 years, maybe our condition wouldn’t be so unstable. I digress, however, I contend again that the gun is not the problem but rather the condition of the heart.
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