There is a lot of talk about gun safety. There are talking heads on both sides shouting rhetoric; lobbyists from the NRA and those who disagree with the Right to Bear arms entirely; politicians from both sides of the aisles angling for their political careers and voters wishes.
If nothing else, Gun Control debate is complex and nuanced. On one hand, EVERYONE wants to protect the safety of innocents and children. On the other hand, the United States is founded on the right of its citizens to Bear Arms (as we wrote about here). The issue isn’t really whether or not we, as Americans, should be able to own and operate a gun (that’s a given right since 1791), but rather how we can control the sale, storage, and use of guns in the marketplace for the safest use possible.
Gun control debates have taken center stage in light of recent school shootings. The Columbine High School Massacre brought gun control to the forefront of public knowledge in 1999 when two students killed 13 people (not including themselves) on a horrible rampage. The teens obtained the guns from a friend of theirs who purchases the guns from an unlicensed seller. The teens were too young to legally obtain any of the numerous the guns they used, so how did they get them? And what could have been done to prevent the massacre?
The United States has enacted several laws aimed at preventing just these illegal actions from happening. There is really no telling if these laws are working or not, but you can do your part to help curb this sort of senseless violence.
- Legally obtain guns – make sure that your gun dealer goes through all the proper channels when you try to buy a gun. Background checks, permits, waiting periods, the whole thing. If your dealer doesn’t, report them to the police. You could prevent the unlawful sale of a gun to a minor or to an unsafe individual.
- Gun locks – these are especially important to prevent young children from setting off a gun unintentionally.
- Gun safes – forget about sleeping with a loaded gun in your bedside table. There are far too many accidents that happen to people and families who don’t take great precautions with gun storage. The only good answer is a reputable gun safe. Gun safes ensure that your guns will be kept out of the hands of children and unauthorized adults