- Politics and Social Issues
What Is the Point of Guns Being Legal in the US?
The right to bear arms
The second amendment of the Unites States constitution says: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This basically means that most people in the US can go into a firearms store and buy a gun. Some states in the US require a person to obtain a licence to possess a gun. Only SOME.
Just recently it has come out that President Trump has made it legal for people with mental health issues to buy guns. He passed a law in February of this year that now makes it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns. Just to put this into perspective, people with severe depression can now buy guns with ease. What is going on? This reverses Obama's law set in place before he left office that stated: "the Social Security Administration would have to report certain mentally ill recipients and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database."
The right to bear arms means that in the US it is perfectly legal for anyone to possess a gun, if they wish to. Can you think of any possible reason anybody, any normal person, would need to have a gun in their everyday life? Me neither.
Let's compare the facts. Overall this year alone there has been 378 known shootings in America. In the United Kingdom there has been NO mass shootings at all. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which country has the right firearms laws in place really does it?
So, come on America. Sort it out.