Gun Control or Regulation: Why?
I do not like this term, Americans should not be "controlled" by the government. The government's job is to protect and provide for the citizens. Guns should never be taken from responsible gun owners, you have the right to bear arms. This does not mean that the gun ownership process should be kept the way it is, it still needs revamping.
Those who choose to buy guns should be properly screened for mental instability and criminal behavior. This part of the gun-ownership process needs to be regulated and clearly established in a comprehensive way. We should have a process where in order to buy a gun there should be a comprehensive background check not only checking for criminal history but also for signs of future criminal actions. We should check for signs of future homicidal or suicidal actions. How do we do this? I am not sure yet- research needs to be done and a clear and comprehensive process needs to be created.
Those who choose to bear arms should also undergo training. We should make sure that those who carry guns know how to use them properly in order to defend themselves and others. They should be trained on the following:
- When to use the gun
- How to use the gun
- How to avoid shooting someone when possible
- How to remain calm and assess the situation before firing the weapon
- How to store the gun safely
- How to be sure your kids do not have access to the gun
- Proper cleaning and gun maintenance
- Resources to learn more
This will protect gun owners from multiple things- from accidentally firing the weapon, avoiding hurting/killing someone who is not a threat, and avoiding children finding and using these weapons (either to harm others or accidentally injure themselves).
Regulation is not taking away your rights, but rather to protect you, your rights, and others.
No Control- Revamp and Regulate
I encourage those who want to protect themselves and their families by carrying a gun to exercise their rights but to be sure they are properly trained. I also encourage everyone when voting to do proper research before they vote against gun regulation, they may not want to control you or take your guns away but rather protect everyone who chooses to exercise their right to bear arms.
In the future I plan on exercising my right to bear arms, but not until I am confident that I am educated, trained, and ready to carry and use it.
© 2020 Ty Gabrielson