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New Gun Laws Won't Reduce Gun Violence

Updated on April 28, 2013

In today's society, gun crime has been so common that is slowly becoming a part of every day life for many people. Over the past decade, gun crime has been escalating to a new level with mass shootings of innocent people in public places. Between these gun crimes and numerous terrorist attacks, the government has been under pressure to stop the senseless violence. Their solution is to make new laws, in particular, gun laws. Many people think that making new gun laws won't curb the violence, but making new laws is the only thing that the government can do, constitutionally. Unfortunately for Americans, new gun laws won't solve the problem of gun violence.

The Problem

The problem with gun violence isn't too many guns on the street or slack gun laws. The problem is the people with the guns, or rather, the crazy people with access to guns. Have you ever heard the saying "guns don't kill people, people kill people"? A gun didn't march into Sandy Hook and shoot those kids, a person did. In order for gun violence to occur, at least one person has to be involved, and often, its a person with some type of psychological disorder. To put it in a basic statement, a mentally unstable person gets sad and decides that its okay to shoot a person or a bunch of people because they are sad. This is the problem that we are facing in this country.

Who Causes Gun Violence

If I were to take a poll across the country that asked the question "Who or what group is responsible for gun violence?", I would get so many different answers that it would be almost impossible to reach a conclusion. People look at gun violence in a biased way. The first thing they do is look at their own lives and cross out the people that they relate to more. Then other factors come into play such as race, education, financial status, or criminal history. The truth is, none of these are main factors in who causes gun violence. Gun violence is caused by people from all groups, no matter your race, background, criminal history, or financial status.

There is one simple answer to who causes gun violence. The answer is mentally unstable people. If a person can pick up a gun and take the life of an innocent person, then they are mentally unstable. This includes gang bangers, a rich college kid, or the guy down the street who lost his job and can't pay his mortgage. Mental instability can affect every group of people, all around the world.

Mentally unstable people have access to guns, which in turn, causes gun violence. Kids get guns from their parents, people can buy illegal guns on the street. New gun laws may make it harder to buy guns, but these mentally unstable people will still have access to them one way or another. We can't ban guns from the public, and even if the government did that, people would still sell illegals guns on the street. There may still be a mentally unstable person on the police force or in the military with access to a gun. The only way to stop gun violence is to stop mentally unstable people from having access to guns.

How To Determine If Someone Is Mentally Unstable and Violent

Although I passed General Psychology in college with an A, that does not make me a qualified psychologist, so I can't offer a definitive way to determine if someone is mentally unstable and violent. However, I can offer my honest opinion on some of the most obvious observations to some of the least obvious observations.

Observation #1: They have killed someone before

This is the most obvious observation that someone can make. It's sounds crazy that people walk around and know of someone who's committed murder, but hasn't said anything to anyone. Some people may read this, and their mind goes straight to a gang banger on the street, but this is something that affects all types of people. It could very well be the gang banger, or it could be the woman who knocked her husband off because she wanted a life insurance payout or the man who killed a co-worker because they got the promotion that he wanted.If this is you, please report this to the authorities because we don't need murderers walking around in our society.

Observation #2: They talk about killing innocent people

This doesn't apply to people who joke around. For example, if a person had a rough day at work and they jokingly say, "I could just shoot my boss." Many people joke around about this sort of thing, but if you use your instincts, you can tell if a person is serious or not. If they constantly repeat their fantasies, that's a clear indication that there may be a problem. If you know someone who has a strong hatred for a particular group of people and they are constantly talking about killing that group, or fantasizing different ways to kill that group, then that person probably has a mental instability. You should try to convince them to seek help, and if that doesn't work, then try to find help for them.

Observation #3: They are in a gang or on the street selling drugs, or doing some other illegal activity

Everyone knows that gangs are violent. And the streets are dangerous. For someone involved in these activities, they usually have a gun to protect themselves. When the bullets get to flying, they aren't necessarily aiming at innocent people (they're usually shooting other gang bangers), but innocent people get killed from stray bullets. Gangs affect all races across the globe, and the violence from gangs kills an unbelievable amount of innocent people everyday. Many people want to report gang members but they are afraid. However, the only way to eliminate gang activity is if people stand up and take back they're communities. There is only so much that police can do without violating constitutional rights. This doesn't mean to go out and shoot the gang bangers, this means to testify, to come forward as a whole community and get these people off of our streets. Many people don't understand why a person chooses to join a gang in the first place. It's often because they've had a horrible childhood and they feel like they'll never amount to anything in their life. They didn't grow up in a home with morals and values, and they're parents could have been abusive or been addicted to drugs and alcohol. They join a gang, usually at a young age before they're capable of making logical decisions, so they can have a family that they feel will have their backs no matter what. Once a person joins a gang, it's very hard for them to get out. So they're stuck. It order to stop this, we must get to the children that are in these situations before they join a gang. We have to nurture them and help them to understand that there are other options in their life.

Observation #4: They are loners AND they are into weird and violent behaviors

The large majority of people who commit acts of gun violence tend to be loners. Later after an investigation, police will find evidence of things like they are into violent games, have bomb plans laying around, or that they have books about military grade weapons. You may walk into their bedroom and they have pictures/posters up of bloody corpses or maybe a swastika painted on their wall. It's important to note that not all loners are violent and not all violent people are murderers. It's just a general observation that one can make that could possibly be a hint. Another major part of this is if that particular person gets bullied a lot at school. They tend to hold in their anger and then take it out on innocent people. If you know someone like this, don't just reach for the phone and call the police just yet. Try to talk to them, get to know them, and maybe do a bit of snooping first. Then if there is cause for concern, call the police asap.

Observation #5: They are Depressed and Suicidal

This does not mean that all depressed people are suicidal and that all suicidal people are going to kill innocent people. This is just one sign that they could possibly kill innocent people. Unfortunately, this doesn't only link to gun violence. They may do something as simple as drive their car on the wrong side of the interstate into oncoming traffic and cause a traffic pile up. But a lot of gun violence is caused by people who feel like they don't have anything to life for anymore. They angry, confused, and they feel like no one understands them and no one cares. Instead of getting to the root of their depression, they try to rationalize their anger by displacing it onto some group of people, and they decide that if they're life is over, it's not fair for that group of people to live either. This is why it is so important for depressed people to get help. Again, not all depressed people become violent, but if you know someone who is going through a particularly rough time, let them know that you care and that you are there to help them. That could literally be the difference between life and death for a lot of people.

What we need to do is be more aware of the people in our lives, especially teenagers because teenagers are often overwhelmed by emotions. An alarming number of teenagers are depressed and suicidal. Many of these teens, unfortunately, also have access to their parents guns. To an adult, the emotions that teens experience seem rediculous. We know that popularity in high school only matters for four years. We understand that working long hours is sometimes required to take care of our families, therefore leaving us with little time to spend with our kids, but for teenagers, this type of thinking is beyond them and they are too often consumed by their anger and sadness, causing them to do self destructive and violent actions. For some teens, this behavior can carry over into adulthood if they don't have someone to help them through the wave of unwarranted emotions.

Paying Attention to People Will Reduce Gun Violence

People go about their daily lives, often not taking the time to think about others. We are so concerned with our own problems that we often don't take the time to consider how anyone around us is feeling. We have become a society that is divided; divided in our homes, in our communities, in our government, and all across the globe. But we must put aside our differences and join together. We must become more people oriented in order for this senseless violence to stop. New gun laws won't stop gun violence, or any other violence for that matter. We have to get to the root of the problem, the reason that people think it's okay to take the life of other people. If we can fix that problem, it will make our country and our world a much better and safer place to live.

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    • Superkev profile image

      Superkev 4 years ago

      Guns don't kill people, people use guns to kill people. A gun is a tool, like a claw hammer (which I could kill you with) or a car (which I could kill you with).

      We don't need more gun laws, we need to enforce the ones already on the books. And we need to be honest about who the people are who make up the problem and quit letting political correctness stop us from calling a spade a spade.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      Typical liberal knee-jerk reaction. Where did I say we don't need gun laws? I didn't. I said we need to enforce the laws already on the books, more of the same is going to be just as meaningless to those who already don't follow the laws now.

      Law-abiding gun owners are not the problem. Gangs and gang members are the primary problem and they don't go to gun shops to get their guns. Try to keep up will you?

      Now, show me where the NRA wants people on the terrorist watch list or convicted stalkers to have guns. You can't because it is absolutely false. Try to have some original thoughts rather than spouting the anti-gun media talking points ok?

      I don't know where you are getting your stats from but pray tell me how the NRA blocked a political appointee for 7 years? Nonsense. You need new sources.

      The 30,000 number is false too. In 2011 (the last for which FBI stats are available) 14,612 HOMICIDES occurred in the US. And a good number of those were justifiable homicides.

      Anti-gun nuts always lump together suicides, accidents and whatever else they can think of to inflate the numbers. 506 homicides in Chicago last year and you are not even supposed to say the word 'handgun' in that town. So tell me again how these laws prevent murders.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Seriously? I left out the world "new" - so that is now the basis of your case?

      I specifically laid out numerous current laws where enforcement is being blocked.

      Talking points? What do you think "more enforcement" is? It's a talking point that the NRA does not even believe - that is why I pointed out many law that they block the enforcement of.

      You are such a sheep. You really want me to show you? I'll even use Faux News - in 2010 247 people in the terrorist watch list bought firearms. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/04/28/fbi-247...

      Go ahead and read it - democrats proposed legislation - and the NRA blocked it.

      How does the NRA block ATF director? Are you living in a right-wing bubble? The NRA scores the votes - and they announce which side they are on.

      Is this seriously news to you - that the NRA has a scorecard for politicians based upon how they vote?

      You've never heard of politicians' NRA ratings? I find that very hard to believe.

      You are so brainwashed that you can't see the forest through the trees...

      In 2010; 19,392 suicides by gun, plus 12,996 homicides by gun = 30,688 gun deaths.

      A good number of justifiable homicides? According to the FBI - 203 justifiable homicides in 2010.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the watch list lacks integrity and includes law-abiding citizens who are mistaken as having ties to terrorists.

      Lacks integrity, sounds like a union-worker dominated government problem to me.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      So now you are opposed to the terrorist watch list? Seriously?

      Not only do you and the NRA support terrorists legally buying guns - you support terrorists sitting next to us on airplanes? Do you want another 9-11? Talk about an ideologue...

      btw, 12996 homicides + 19393 suicides = 32,388 gun deaths in 2010 alone (according to the FBI), compared to just 203 justifiable homicides. Over 1.4 million gun-related deaths since MLK was assassinated. Over a million since Lennon.

      How many deaths is enough? How many more children have to die before you open your eyes?

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Apologies - 665 justifiable homicides 2010, but only 230 during the commission of a felony, which is actually how the FBI defines "justifiable."

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      No, the NRA clearly stated that there were people on that list mistakenly that would be denied the right to own a gun because the government, once again, can't get it right. I think that is a perfectly legitimate position, don't you? Or do you prefer to work with flawed information? But sure, let's just jump to the outer limit of absurdity to try to bolster our argument.

      Bottom line is, until the liberals are able to see clearly the problem with firearms is not scary looks or magazine capacity but the PC-ness that blinds them to the real problem, the problem will continue.

      This type of liberal idiot should not be let near the law-making process:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCksCM534oM

      I don't know what it is but it sounds scary so let's ban it!!! It's this type of knee-jerk feel good action taken by the left every time there is an incident that pisses law abiding gun owners off.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I honestly could not care one bit less what the NRA has to say about the terrorist watch list.

      Are you saying that the terrorist watch list should be abolished? You support terrorists boarding American flights?

      Is the NRA calling for funding to fix the watch list? Or do they just want more people with guns in their hands - no matter if they are terrorists?

      Apparently the blood of 85 dead Americans a day is not enough to quench your thirst.

      You instead would discriminate against some "other" people who aren't like you so you don't have to deal with "the real problem" - which is gun violence.

      30,000 Americans are not killed each year from being crazy - they die from gunshot wounds.

      You know what IS scary? 30,000 dead Americans every single year.

      Guns are not scary at all. I grew up with them, I have training with them; and I've had one to my head in a home invasion.

      The NRA thinks that guns are scary because they constantly run "reclaim your manhood" ads for inadequate paranoid wimps.

      Why in the world would law-abiding gun owners have any concern with background checks?

      What a joke.

      82% of gun owners and 74% of NRA members support background checks.

      Law abiding gun owners do not want guns in the hands of terrorists, murderers, and gang members.

      Only deranged nut-job survivalists brainwashed by blood-drenched NRA profiteers - want everyone in the world armed so the bad guys and good guys can shoot it out. These whack jobs actually think the gov't is coming for their guns - and that they can fight off SEAL Team 6, apache helicopters, predator drones, m1 tanks, and b-2 bombers - with their cute little assault rifles...

      http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/15/134118...

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      cheaptrick 4 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      I'd say it's all about population control;A small part of population control anyway.I'm curious what the correlation is between The explosion of psychotropic drugs[doctor prescribed]and the explosion in psycho mass shootings.I'm an old man and I remember when psycho mass shootings were almost unheard of.Just a thought.

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      Dani Alicia 4 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      You're exactly right. That is a big point I was trying to make in my article. A normal, sane person isn't going to do a mass shooting. It's going to be someone with a psychological problem, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      You know Justin, for someone who doesn't care what the NRA says, you sure make a big deal about what the NRA says.

      Again, as most hysterical emasculated liberals are wont to do, you jump right to the outskirts of absurdity. That's exactly what the problem is, you work off emotion and arrogance rather than common sense and reason.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Smart one, your stance is held by less than 10% of Americans. Your claim that gun violence prevention is fringe - is utterly insane.

      According to you - 90% of the country is on "outskirts of absurdity".

      Hilarious.

      Liberals don't desperately round up guns to compensate for a lack of spine. Just look at the numbers - guns are in only 33% of homes; two thirds are white, two thirds are rural, two thirds are conservative.

      You showed a quote by some1 I've never heard of. A random quote is not by any measure equal to scoring votes on funding for the ATF, for instance.

      I make a bid deal out of the sheep who get their paranoia-based talking points from the NRA. I couldn't care less what the NRA leadership thinks (what they actually do is far different) - but I do care when shivering nincumpoops and bought politicians regurgitate the NRA dystopian fantasy scenario as a basis for actual policy.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      Again with the liberal hysteria. Where did I say that violence prevention is fringe? Nowhere, that's where.

      Liberals don't round up guns because they think it better to be a victim in every conceivable way, makes them feel more 'evolved' and 'enlightened'.

      And then they make sexual remarks about those who choose not to be victims and exercise their right to protect themselves and their families.

      You mean legally purchased guns.

      And that my liberal friend is the problem, the gang-bangers and criminals who commit most of the gun crimes in this country A) Don't follow laws in the first damn place and B) DO NOT buy their guns at the local gun shop.

      Please feel free to join us at the corner of Reality St. and Common Sense Ave. any time you'd like.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I've shat upon every single one of your ignorant arguments - and you just keep changing the argument rather than dealing with it...

      Criminals don't follow the law? What about rape laws? Should rape laws be repealed since people still get raped despite the law?

      Yours is the single most ignorant argument ever made. Yours is the case for total anarchy. Good job, bright eyes.

      GUN violence prevention. You are somehow opposed to gun violence prevention. You support guns in the hands of terrorists and gang bangers, legally. Again, way to go there, sparky.

      Bangers don't buy guns at gun shops? Well then, isn't that the entire point of UNIVERSAL background checks and federal trafficking laws (which the NRA and GOP also oppose).

      And ask the NRA about the manhood aspect. I've been clear - guns are generally a desperate attempt at locating a farcical backbone. The NRA continues to run ads suggesting that it takes an assault rifle to attain manhood.

      The NRA only care about profits from gun sales.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      One thing I've learned there fruitcup, never argue with someone to whom facts don't matter. Especially the typical emasculated northwest liberal types.

      You keep going back to background checks, I've never bought a gun without one, at a store or a gun show. It's the law, but maybe you haven't heard.

      I've never in any post said laws should be repealed, I've said we need to actually enforce the one on the books. More laws will be throwing good money after bad because they will still not be enforced, so what's the point?

      As for the rest, you're just making shit up that I have never said, nice going there fruit loop. Typical liberal though, just make crap up that people never said then claim it to be fact. Ignorant. But typical.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      What a joke. You maintain the belief that name-calling is a valid debate tactic.

      Lemme get this straight - your opinion is that background checks are already universal simply because YOU had one?

      I only wish I was surprised at such right wing ignorance.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      Can you go to a gun store and buy a gun without one, or from a gun dealer at a gun show? No, you cannot.

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      Justin Earick 4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Seriously? I think I know that. Only licensed dealers need background checks for sales - that is the problem. the law only hinders law-abiding firearm dealers while ignoring illegal sales. Isn't that your issue - legal citizens being hindered? hyporcrite.

      you walk in a gun show and buy a gun without any ID. If the background check legislation had passed - you could still walk to the parking lot and buy that same gun off the same person.

      al-Qaeda has been selling this point for years to their followers - terrorists all can come to the US and buy their guns legally.

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      Superkev 4 years ago

      Boy you are all over the map.

      Passing that legislation, which the ACLU opposed by the way, would not have stopped people who are going to ignore the law anyhow.

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      Alberic O 3 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      This is actually a good idea to resolve the issue of background checks between private individuals.

      http://jack-burton.hubpages.com/hub/Gun-Law.

      Another solution is to have all private purchases, selling and transfers go through an FFL dealer at the federal level.

      These aren't considered new laws- just extensions of the current laws. It will not hinder anyone's rights. Convicted criminals do not have rights anyways to possess firearms. US citizens and residents with clean backgrounds are only allowed to own them. The Assault Weapons Ban has no chance of passing at the federal level because most realize it will do nothing. It's as useless as sodomy laws.

      Another solution, anyone convicted of a violent crime 3 times (2nd degree murder-first degree murder, armed robbery, assault, rape, attempted murder, gun trafficking and/or assault with a weapon/deadly weapon will be put to death. DNA evidence will be required for 3 convictions. The criminal gets 3 appeals per case. The majority of violent crimes are committed by those in and out of prison. Get rid of these criminals who don't want to rehabilitate and crime will drop, guaranteed. If you ever dealt with violence on numerous occasions, it's generally few people causing the majority of the problem. People do not 'snap' out of the blue.

      The solution is simple but people think too much of it and make it more complicated than it has to be.

      In summary, the goal is to:

      1. Deny criminals already convicted of crimes (since they are the real problems) from getting firearms. Nothing is 100% full proof but it'll make it harder.

      2. Severely punish repeated criminals involved with violence and gun trafficking.

      3. Not punishing firearm owners who didn't break the law.

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      Dani Alicia 3 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      I agree with you about these rules, especially the part about not punishing firearm owners who didn't break the law. That's why we don't need new gun laws. But the problem is, people who are committing these mass murders want to die anyway (they usually commit suicide after killing 20 or 30 people), so no amount of laws or threatening them with a death sentence isn't going to make a difference. We have to stop this problem before it happens, BEFORE they get the gun in their hands.

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      Justin Earick 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Criminals won't follow the law? That is the single most ignorant argument ever made.

      What about rape laws? What about murder laws?

      Do people still get raped and murdered?

      Are you seriously saying that rape and murder laws are pointless since these laws do not stop "people who are going to ignore the law anyhow".

      By your "logic", the entire criminal code should be scrapped.

      You see, this is why we can't have a reasonable discussion.

      P.S. The background check is how we "stop this problem before it happens, BEFORE they get the gun in their hands."

      By not allowing them to have the gun in their hands in the first place.

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      Dani Alicia 3 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      Of course we need laws, but as my title states: "New Gun Laws Won't Reduce Gun Violence", with the important word being "New". Criminals don't follow the laws that we have now, that's why there is so much crime. Just because they make new laws doesn't mean that criminals are going to suddenly grow a halo and be a good citizen. I'm just adding my opinion into the discussion going on here.

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      Justin Earick 3 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      A background check prior to purchase is not a new policy, and is in place as we speak. Most people believe that it is universal already. Assault weapons ban isn't a new law either. Neither runs counter to the 2nd Amendment, or they would have been defeated in federal courts.

      In fact, a complete ban has been in effect (Dodge City) - and yet the 2nd Amendment still exists. Funny that.

      You can have your opinion - and I will point out the obvious flaws.

      And if you are opposed to federal trafficking laws - then you have no interest in the safety of American citizens, but only in gun proliferation.

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      Alberic O 3 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      Mass killers are more rare than repeated violent criminals. And this is an easy statistic to find out.

      You cannot do much to to a mass killer unless you (and some people) either kill the shooter or disarm the shooter and snap his/her arm in two at least or escape. However, dealing with the violence, the people that commit them are generally repeated offenders. Again, a dead violent felon can't do anything and our jails are full to the point where criminals are being let back into the streets. If you ever worked in law enforcement or security you'll see that it's the same people committing most of the violence.

      You brought up psychology so here's one for you. You can add people with these certain disorders that generally has traits of violence. Based on the previous criminals here are some I can name off the bat:

      1. Paranoid Schizophrenia/Psychosis with violent tendencies (3 of the mass killers were diagnosed with this)

      2. Anti-Social Personality Disorder

      3. Psychopathy

      4. Dissocial Personality Disorders (similar to Anti-Social Personality Disorder).

      Since you have taken Psychology, you'll know why you wouldn't want these people to have firearms or any type of weapon/training based on their symptoms. To expand the background check, any diagnosis of one of these 4 is a automatic dis qualifier for buying and possessing firearms. A diagnosis will require a psychiaratrist to input the person into the NICS system.

      Again, nothing is fool proof. My personal view is to target the root of the problem which is repeated violent criminals who are in and out of jail-you can add gangs to the list too. People with mental illness for the most part aren't prone to violence anymore than Joe Smo on the streets. This is why I listed specific disorders in which people with them have violent tendencies, violate others rights without remorse, etc.

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      Dani Alicia 3 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      Okay, I'm not a psychiatrist so I didn't know that they were required to put diagnoses in a national system. However, with that being said, this is the point of my article. I said that people with psychological disorders are the problem. I'm not sure if you all read the article, or if you're just skimming and putting weird comments. Anyway, thanks for agreeing Alberic O. I agree, nothing is fool proof. But let's think about the incidents of mass murder over the past few years. How many of those people were repeat violent criminals or gang members? None. And again, as I stated in the article, criminals and gang members do commit violent acts, but it's usually drive by shootings or something where a stray bullet hit a kid. Criminals and gang members don't do mass murdering. If I had to offer an opinion about that, I'd say that we need laws to prevent criminals from getting out of jail the first time around so they don't continue to commit crimes, but that is not the same as making new gun laws. New gun laws are only going to be unfair for gun owners who haven't done anything wrong. It's not going to stop mentally insane people from having access to a gun.

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      Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

      Interesting perspective. I had a similar conversation yesterday with some of my family members. I don't feel that passing new gun laws will end violence either. One thing that I've come to learn is that if a person really wants to do something, they'll most likely find a way to do it. That means getting their hands on a gun if they want as well. Sure gun control laws would make it harder for certain people to obtain guns, but gun trade on the black market will not stop regardless of what laws are passed. I think your points are spot on. Getting to the root of what causes gun violence is the key. However, at the end of the day, violence will always continue whether or not it involves guns. Voted up, rated interesting, and useful.

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      Dani Alicia 3 years ago from Paterson, NJ

      @prospectboy thank you and I agree if someone wants to do something, they'll find a way. Even if they can't find a gun, there's knives, bats, crowbars, cars and bombs. New laws aren't going to make a difference.

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