Are Gun Control Laws Strong Enough?

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Are Gun Control Laws Strong Enough?

Some people think that gun laws may not be tight enough!

Some people think that gun laws may not be tight enough!

Steven Shin, Ariana Mandros

Some people think that gun laws may not be tight enough!

Steven Shin, Ariana Mandros

Steven Shin, Ariana Mandros

Some people think that gun laws may not be tight enough!

Steven Shin and Ariana Mandros

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Did you know that at age 18, all you have to have in order to buy a gun is a legal ID, money, and no criminal history? You could be in and out of the gun store in an hour! Virginia gun laws require all individuals to have a background check prior to purchasing a firearm. The background check ensures that the consumer has no criminal record or history of mental illnesses. In addition, one must be over 18 years of age to acquire a shotgun or rifle and 21 to purchase a handgun. So with all these laws in place, how can a shooting such as the WDBJ7 travesty, which had a strong impact all over the world, happen? Numerous people are pointing out that gun control laws may not be tight enough, especially when it comes to private gun sales.

As easy as it is to buy a firearm at a registered retailer, it’s even easier to buy one from a private seller. With private sales, there are no mandatory background checks. Although it is illegal to buy a gun for the sole purpose of selling it, it is easy for many people with criminal records to acquire a firearm in this way. This can lead to tragic incidents across the nation.

Hidden Valley High School Resource Officer Chad Beheler states, “private sales should be moderated or monitored.”  In addition, there is no training needed before purchasing a firearm.  This can lead to unintentional accidents in public or private. Officer Beheler believes that citizens should be required to complete a training class prior to purchasing a gun.

Vice Principal Josh Whitlow of Hidden Valley High School points out that owning a gun is a huge responsibility. “It is important for people to understand the potential dangers of owning a gun.”  However, he emphasizes that even with gun education and laws, “Bad people will do bad things.”

Any individual of age is permitted to carry a gun, as long as it is visible to others.  In order to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun, a citizen is required to take a simple test.  Seeing as how easy it is to obtain a concealed gun license (the easy task of completing an online course), the potential for crime becomes even higher.  As a result, tragic incidents like the WDBJ7 shooting are more likely to occur.  Therefore, stricter laws need to be incorporated into the system.

In the end, it seems that our gun laws are insufficient. Even with the current gun laws in place, mass shootings still occur across the country. Many of these killers are able to acquire firearms easily through private trade or simply from registered stores. Until something is done about the weak laws in place, we as citizens of the United States need to stay vigilant to help prevent any further tragedies.

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