- Posted January 8, 2013 by
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Gun control debate: Background checks
A nation addicted to weapons
After every critical situation where weapons are involved and innocent’s people are hurt, the American public become more concerned over the government laws and security procedures. In the last decade, some people with mental issue have succeeded to purchase firearms at gun shows or on online websites, because the state gun control law is not enough effective. However, the majority of shooting spree happened by the use of weapons bought legally (Klein 2012). The American society is more concentrated on a gun control laws than not an enhancement of professional training for armed security officers in public and private areas. It has been known that most of gun control laws were indirectly jeopardizing security and well being of American citizens by allowing criminals and people with mental issues to admit them. According to famous, American film director, Michael Moore effective gun control can reduce crime but not eliminate it completely. Guns are not killing people, but people are killing people (Moore 2012).
The Second Amendment 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.” Does the Second Amendment mean that an individual has the right to own a gun, as an individual has the right to freedom of speech? Or, does that mean that Americans have the right to defend themselves as a regulated group through state militias such as the National Guard? Gun control advocates those who favor laws limiting private ownership of guns by saying that the Second Amendment, clearly applies only to militias, or collective defense. Gun control opponents say the opposite, the amendment clearly establishes the right and individual gun ownership (McGovern 2012).
Gun policies serve the government in order to control, restrict the purchase and a usage of certain weapons by any individual. These policies also play a fundamental role in preventing of domestic violence and ordinary crimes. However, from the year 1982 to 2012, United States witnesses about 61 mass shootings. Most of the aggressors had obtained weapons legally (Klein 2012). Most of gun control laws are not effective and preventing of mass shooting of happening. The reason was that most of the shooters are law abiding citizens, collectors that have bought their guns legally, and had passed a basic FBI criminal background check, or they were people with an easy access to weapons at home (Klein 2012). Bottom line: gun controls do not protect people
After 9/11, the American government creates Department of Homeland Security, a security department that includes a group of different law enforcement agencies that work together for prevention of terrorism and illegal entry on American soil. Security procedures became stricter and the number of armed security officers has been increase in public and federal facilities like airports, museums, government offices, and court houses. Unfortunately, public schools and other public facilities like malls and movie theaters are still not well protected. Some of these establishments have increased security procedures and hired armed security personnel only after a terrible tragedy had happening.
Also the American society is divided: to have or not have armed professional security officers in school. Several school boards around the country prefer to have unarmed security officers in the school who apply basic building safety and security in order to support the school administration and disciplining, and supervising students during lunches, breaks and sport games (Neil 2009). However, in some states unarmed security officers have to be licensed by their Criminal Justice Department in order to work in schools and private business. Despite of that an unarmed security officer in an aggressive situation involving an armed person cannot protect the students, staff and his own life. In 2012 Connecticut elementary shooting tragedy, the Principal acted as an unarmed security officer and got killed. However, security consultants around the country suggested that Police officers should be the only individuals to be armed in schools. They claim that private armed security personnel is not trained and ready for mass shooting and mentally stressful situations (Trump 2012). Other people prefer to invest in more security system technology then to have an armed security person. However, security technology does not stop bad people. School security officers could be trained in Criminal Justice Training Academies and go through a rigorous combat pistol training (Trump 2012).
Neil Benjamin reports that gun rights advocated have suggested arming teachers and school staff to provide armed security in school. This would be the easiest way to protect the students if an armed aggressor would make his way through the school classrooms or hallways (Neil 2009). According to Kenneth Trump from the National School Safety and Security Services, there is an enormous difference between having trained school police officers, with an intensive experience in public safety or military background that are armed and assigned to protect students, and having teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers and other non-public safety professionals caring a gun in school with hundreds of children (Trump 2012).
Gun control is a combination of laws and policies creates by the United States government in order to reduce the violence and crimes involving the use of the weapons. During the last decade a number of gun laws have reduced crimes and violence activities in certain part of the United States, but did not eliminate the entire problem. Today, gun control policies are still not 100% effective. They cannot prevent mass murders and violent crimes. The second amendment, written about 200 years ago, specifically for the purpose of protecting the freedom of the states, has been interfering with the gun control laws and creating more security problems. United States citizens do not need to use and bear arms for self defense. With an effective gun control laws, states policies and armed security in public and private places, people don’t need to bear arms. Professional armed security is a necessary action that government of each state has to take in order to protect their citizens. America is a country of gun culture and weapons obsession caused by media, movies, and video games. Shootings, crimes, murders, aggressions will be always within our society as part of the human genetic setup. In order to overcome this problem, American people need to stop to live in denial and accept the fact that more guns in the hands of civilians are causing more deaths, and that effective gun control laws and armed security professionals in schools and public areas can reduce the number of victims.