Gun Violence has been a rising epidemic throughout the world over the past decade and has been responsible for casualties of innocent citizens. The issue surrounding firearms falling into the wrong hands is seen frequently on the news and in the media, but the United States has yet to take the initiative to create and enforce new policies and laws that are more strict to try to prevent any more casualties due to guns. When people see reports on the news about a shooting that led to a mass casualty, their typical response is to send their prayers to the family who lost a loved one or to the town who is left mourning, they may even post a new status on Facebook telling their friends to pray and keep the town in their minds for moral support, but that is not going to stop or prevent the issue. The United States needs to create new policies, laws, and regulations to protect our beloved country from gun violence threats.
In order to solve this major issue our country is facing, we propose that every current and potential gun owner must successfully pass a thorough background check in order to purchase and own a firearm. Background checks are used already by major businesses who want to make sure their employees are people they can trust, policemen and investigators use them as well to gain information at the person at hand. The background checks will check the following specifics: any personal or family history with criminal records, personal and family history with health records, employment records, relationship status, and reason for wanting to own the firearm.There shall also be an in-person interview given to each individual who wishes to own a gun to make certain that the person gaining access to the firearm is healthy and trustworthy enough to do so. This test will be performed by trained investigators in each state hired by the government to fulfill the needs for these checks as a full time job.
Since it is written in the Constitution, in Amendment 2 that American citizens have the right to bear arms, some may find this policy as unconstitutional; although in order to solve the problem, people need to make a compromise to achieve the outcome they desire. In this case, if United States citizens want to eliminate or at least reduce the amount of gun violence in the country, then the United States government shall then have to impose new laws and polices to reduce the total freedom the citizens have towards their gun rights in order to protect the people of this country.
It is the harsh reality that it is impossible to completely eliminate every single gun from the United States, and even the world, since unfortunately there are people who sell guns and other firearms and weapons on the black market and in secret from the government. But although we cannot destroy the violence entirely, this policy will reduce the amount of incidents resulting in casualties due to firearms because the government will eliminate the easy access to guns for criminals, mentally and emotionally unstable, and other threatening people. Also, the background checks could do more than just benefit the general public for when the individual forgoes these background checks and interviews and health screenings, they may become aware of any health conditions they were previously unaware they had. The public shall most likely approve this proposed regulation because it will give them the peace of mind of living in a protected manner knowing that guns will be issued only to those who passed the exams given by the United States government.