Why Gun Control in America is Failing
President Obama has lost the gun control debate and support for gun control in the USA. While there are many reasons, political and not, the bottom line is that despite the horrific mass killings in the past few years that have spurred the need to have tougher gun control laws, life goes on. The horror of mass murders fade. The initial reaction is to remove the guns, but after it fades away with time, many think otherwise for a variety of reasons.
Look no further than California as to why gun enforcement of the present laws on the books fails. The state has millions of legal and illegal gun owners. There are certain designated groups that by law cannot own guns-ex criminals, crazy people, are among them. In total, some 20,000 in the state cannot own a gun by classification. This number increases by 3,000 daily.
To just remove the guns owned by this small group of people, only 30 police officers in the state are assigned this job. Yes, you read this right- 30. Many times, they know a person in one of these categories owns many guns, yet are stopped at the person's door because they are not allowed in without a search warrant. So, the police take many more hours to secure the warrant from a judge and return only to find the suspect is gone or the guns are. These are the cases where the police conduct a surprise raid based on solid evidence of some sort. In the raids of these people that are successful, guns are always found and confiscated and the person goes back to jail. This is at a time when California is trying to reduce the prison population due to overcrowding. The state has built enough multi-million dollar prisons and cannot afford more.
The state has put gun control on the lowest of priorities and what happens in California happens in other states as their budgets are cut and priorities set. So, even if Obama was able to pass more background checks, which I support, I doubt if one would see a decrease in gun violence. Even passing stiffer gun control in sales, would only put a small dent because there are too many guns already and more are being made and sold daily.
Look at California. Each day, those who are not suppose to have guns increases by 3000, and only 30 policemen have the job to decease the guns in their hands.