With the increasing challenges apparent within American society, there is a need for the department of homeland defense to rethink and create new programs that can help address these issues. The creation of gun control has become more prevalent because of several disadvantages happening within different states and occurrence of violence and crime among the citizenry. Due to this, there must be stricter policies that will limit gun possession and usage. Given the chance to become president of the United States, I deem to enhance the efforts of restrictions and limitations in the use of guns among Americans.
This is due to the associated risk factors of gun ownership in the country. At the same time, it has brought about increased figures of violence and accidents related with guns. This then created problems for the Department of Homeland Security as far as implementation and preservation of peace and order is concerned. Looking at the policies towards gun control in America, it can be argued that it has undergone significant changes since 1934 on a national scale.
These enactments and bills revolved around providing licenses to gun sellers and qualifications for buyer. News Batch argues that “The Gun Control Act of 1968 regulated imported guns, expanded gun-dealer licensing requirements, and expanded the list of persons not eligible to purchase guns to include persons convicted of any non-business related felony, minors, persons found to be mentally incompetent, and users of illegal drugs” (p. 1). It is through these processes that the sporadic sales of guns were controlled by the government.
On the local level, there are several tenets provided that does not adhere to the policies implemented by the locale. In here, only several facets are considered; examples of which include (1) child access, (2) concealed weapons, (3) regulation towards minors, and (4) banning assault weapons (News Batch, p. 1). Such idea then enables other people to acquire and purchase weapons provided that they adhere to these tenets. As far as the percentages are concerned, there are several figures that vary on the average Americans who own guns.
News Batch mentions that “according to a 1994 Department of Justice survey, about 35% of American households own 192 million firearms” (p. 1). At the same time, these figures continues to increase every year as more Americans consider owning guns as long as they satisfy the requirements provided the government and local state. This then produces a specific ratio wherein there is a significant relationship between gun ownership and gun-related violence (Gun Cite, 2003). To supplement the argument for enhancing gun control, it is essential to look at the risks associated with owning a gun.
By actively looking at these figures, it can then be deciphered and linked towards increasing areas for control, monitoring and improvement. These factors include (1) violence, (2) accidents, and (3) homicides. One negative aspect brought about by gun ownership is the violence that is associated with it. Though proving this relationship is difficult to create, the figures and percentage show that such violence brought about by guns are increasing in an alarming rate. This also becomes troublesome for school authorities who constantly try to secure and protect schools from such violence.
However, statistics do show that there has been significant number of cases wherein school violence happens with a gun. Gun Cite argues that “recent studies estimate that gunplay at school kills 20 to 30 youths a year; though there is no evidence the toll is higher today than in the past” (p. 1). One current example of this case happened in Virginia Tech wherein one student apparently shot several students and killing himself after. This situation along with others clearly shows the need to change and rethink about the gun control policy.
Another significant risk associated with gun ownership is the occurrence of accidents within and outside the household. Under this process, the people who are usually involved in these situations are those who irresponsibly use their firearms on purposes that are irrelevant to its original intention. Gun Cite mentions that “gun accidents are generally committed by unusually reckless people with records of heavy drinking, repeated involvement in automobile crashes, many traffic citations, and prior arrests for assault” (p. 1).
Due to this incidents careful considerations must be made in the screening process and include a provision for stricter penalties if such incidents occur. Lastly, homicide is also a factor to consider in gun ownership. Under this figure, it has shown the prevalence of such crimes committed by individuals who have had previous criminal records. Gun Cite mentions that “in 2001, firearms were used in 63% of homicides, and 49% of homicides were committed with a handgun (78% of firearm homicides were committed with a handgun)” (p.
1) Comparing the gun control policy advocated by the United States to other countries, it can be argued that the country has lax initiatives compared to others. For example, Sands mentions that “Japan has some of the toughest gun ownership laws in the world, while Switzerland requires all males serving the armed forces to store their rifles and ammunition in their homes in case of attack” (p. 1). These together with other initiatives help revitalize efforts to increase responsibility and accountability.
At the same time, it can be seen that other countries see to it that the rules and standards they implement can help generate a consensus to lower crime prevalence and limit the incidents of violence and accidents. Why does it need to be amended? Looking at the present figures, it can be argued that there are associated risks of violence, homicide and murder with the owning of a gun. Though there had been significant efforts from the government and different states to control and regulate gun ownership, it continues to signify increasing occurrences of related deaths and accidents.
Such processes then provide an observation that further changes need to be implemented so as to generate greater outcomes for American society. At the same time, it can be argued that the current conditions and environment demand for stricter implementation of gun ownership and sale. This is because of the prevalent problems it can contribute to society. Seeing all of these, it is thus necessary that a new approach and policy be reintroduced so as to make not only gun owners but also legislators and law enforcers accountable and responsible in their firearms.
To conclude, the role of a president remains to be a difficult task to accomplish because of the diverse and multiple responsibilities associated in the process. Given these challenges, it is essential that the idea of reinforcing the safety of the public must remain its top priority. This is why redefining gun control must be initiated to adapt to the trends happening within 21st century American society. There paper showcased the development of the law and how it has proved to be effective in some aspect and needs improvements in different areas.
Given the increasing number of violence and accidents associated with gun ownership, it is essential that the practice of licensing and its use be reexamined and creates new legislation that can maximize the ability of the government and states to reinforce stricter policies. In the end, by allowing these trends to become prevalent in many states, it can allow and foster renewed sense of security among the American public without violating any individual rights and laws. Works Cited Gun Cite. Gun Accidents (and Kids & Gun Accidents). 2003 accessed 29 May 2009 from <http://www. guncite. com/gun_control_gcgvacci.
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