Guns Situation in the US: I am confused!
There have been 17 school shootings in the United States during 2018. We are still in the first quarter of this year yet, the news about school mass shooting victims never stopped. The scene of gun control in the US has not changed largely with the exception with some states voting to put more restrictions. It is becoming a routine thing to hear the mourn of the victims families and to see politician offer their condolences while promising for a better future. I am an outsider and I come from Oman where there are strict gun laws. Why can’t the US government control the guns and enforce more laws?
National Rifle Association: Powerful guns advocate
The NRA is one of the biggest advocates for guns right in the US. They have plenty of cash that they use to lobby and support politicians who stand for guns rights. It is reported that in 2017 alone they have spent around $4.1m on lobbying. Guess who also support the NRA? The devil himself ( D.J Trump) who has promised to support the NRA because they have poured more than $30 to support Trump’s presidential campaign. The 145-year old organization has clearly tilted the legislation view in their favor by their vast networking reach.
Good for business
The reported revenue for guns and ammunition industry is around $17 billion between 2013 and 2018. These numbers are expected to grow because after each mass shooting guns sales spikes and Americans no longer owns guns for hunting and sports rather for personal security. So keeping the process simple to own a firearm is essential to keep the business flourishing.
Strict legislation has to be implemented this is the solution and while it is hard to swallow for some it is the only solution. How to implement that is another question which is hard to answer. However, many countries have done it and the US should come down and learn from them. It is unfortunate that Trump and many guns rights advocate think that more guns will solve the issue. Congress is also taking half measures by spending millions to help to put police officers in all public school. This is not wrong however, it is not right either. Owning a firearm should not be a simple process. The current process involves a social security number and background check. The law should make it harder to own a gun and should make it inconvenient to own a gun by requiring licensing and yearly fees. I am not the best person to suggest solution but I believe there are steps that could have been taking towards the right direction.