FRANCIS OTIENO OTIATO (T00524520)
Policy Paper on Gun Control
The fact that over 40% of households in the United States own a gun is terrifying. Despite the fact that owning a gun for the self-defense purpose is a human right, a lot of speculations and debate on the same is still contentious. Although a lot of efforts have previously been dedicated to ensuring policies are put in place, the problem related to the problem still exists. For many years, the congress has tried to institute gun control policies that do not entitle criminals to own guns in vain. In this respect, a need for effective gun licensing and ownership regulations is required.
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It has been a matter of the government trying to enforce policies through the congress. Nonetheless, it is important to note that the congress is controlled by both pro and anti-gun control activists. The National Rifle Association, American for the Protection of Children and American Civic Associations and other lobby groups has been major stakeholders in the contentious debate. This groups influence the making of policies at the floor of the congress. This can also be attributed to the public outcry, which exhibits ideological difference on matters pertaining to gun …show more content…
Politicians use money to lobby against gun control bills. Politicians are influenced by anti-gun control lobby groups like the national rifle association. Politicians are threatened with recall election if they support gun control. In fact, politicians lose in their elections if they support gun control bills. The lack of the government in providing security to the American homesteads makes it even impossible to restrict and regulate ownership of guns (Mears, Hay, Gertz & Mancini, 2007).
The American constitution gives individuals liberties, which makes it difficult in limiting the very individual rights. Nonetheless, a need to change gun control is inevitable considering the rampant and irresponsible use of guns by some citizens and criminals (Stewart, Schreck, & Brunson, 2008). A need of the universal background checks cannot be ignored in making effective gun control