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A Recurring Problem and No Easy Solution

Alex Smith

Posted on April 1, 2021 04:16

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The recent shootings in both Georgia and Colorado have reminded us that, even in the midst of the pandemic, there are still major issues left unaddressed.

Covid-19 has changed the day-to-day life in the U.S. and has become the new normal, reflected by the daily news. It's been a while since there was a large-scale coverage of mass shootings in the U.S, and this might have been enough to make some forget that they were a regular occurrence before the virus. Unfortunately, the shootings in Colorado and Georgia served as a reminder that mass shootings are still a recurring problem in the U.S. As time goes by and the shootings get worse, we are no closer to finding a clear solution. There have been many proposals to reduce mass shooting incidences in the U.S, but each proposal comes with its own set of problems that need to be addressed if it is to be successful.

One proposal, which has the most support, is for the government to introduce more stringent background checks and to close loopholes for private gun purchases. Universal background checks for private gun sales have been touted as the solution that will reduce gun violence, but for that to work on a large scale, it would have to be federally mandated. Currently, only California and Washington State require these checks for private gun sales. While similar checks are required in some other states they are not as extensive and are mostly reserved for handguns. While stricter regulations make it more difficult to acquire guns, surveys have indicated that many gun owners support the idea since it makes people safer.

Another proposed solution asserts that the best way to deal with mass shootings is to have more armed citizens. I do not see this as a deterrent to would-be mass shooters, as most of them do not care if they are killed in the process. Then, there is a larger concern of having to arm teachers. Most teachers do not warm to the idea of having to carry a firearm around children as accidents can and will happen. What about churches: Should congregants be armed as they assemble to pray? The difficulty with this proposition is that regular people do not want to be put into these life-or-death scenarios. Additionally, some are unsure if they would be able to respond adequately should a shooting take place. Even with proper training, most people are not ready or willing to take a life.

It’s important to look at the different ideas offered to reach a workable solution, as it is all too easy to see one side and focus entirely on the solution it can provide while ignoring any possible downside to its implementation. We also cannot completely ignore the other side's argument simply on the basis that it conflicts with ours. If we are ever going to address the mass shooting problem in the U.S., we must accept that to find the right solution we will have to come to a compromise. Once we accept this reality, we can go down the path of crafting proper gun legislation.

Alex Smith

Posted on April 1, 2021 04:16

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