One of the most serious problems The United States have is gun control. Not a day goes by without shooting, murder, a gun accident. As a matter of fact, The United States is famous for its gun policies. No another country in the world has such permissive laws when it comes to guns. That is probably why there are so many incidents.
What is more shocking is that Americans are proud of their second amendment. They show it off like it’s supposed to mean the world to them, and God forbid you try to take that away from them. It doesn’t matter that it does more wrong than right.
If it were up to me, Americans would have more restrictive gun policies. I know that you do not argue with the Bill of Rights, but I am sure that people who drafted it had no idea that things would turn up like they did. Nowadays you can find guns at Walmart without any basic background check. I bet that that’s not what our founding fathers had in mind. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you or anyone else can do about it.
Some attempts have been made to at least remedy the situation. Until now, none of them seem to have worked properly. We still have school shootings; we still read in the news about gang wars and whatnot. People can protest all they want; Americans are too much in love with their second amendment.
However, things had taken a surprising turn in 2014 when Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization, advocated for gun control. Its most successful agenda was the requirement of a firearm background check when purchasing a gun.
The Gun Background Check Initiative
Two years after people voted for the 594 initiative, the first arrest showed up. It’s surprising that it took that long, but it finally happened. Prosecutors have charged the man in question with ‘unlawful transfer of a firearm.’ Why? Because he sold his gun to another man without seeking the required gun background check under the 594 initiative.
If you are not familiar with the 594 initiative, let me enlighten you. This action requires buyers to receive a firearm background check when purchasing a gun from another citizen before a sale can move forward. So, if you want to sell a gun, first conduct a criminal background check on your possible buyer. You don’t know who he/she is and what he/she plans to do with the gun.
‘Or what?’ You may ask. There are two sides to the consequence:
- You sell the gun without checking for free arrest records of the prospective client, he/she has a criminal history, and he/she shoots someone with your gun.
- You get jail time or a substantial fine.
Either way, it doesn’t end well for you.
Q: Do you need a background check to buy a gun?
A: If you are buying it from a private person, yes.
Q: Can you purchase a gun at a gun show without a background check?
A: No, you need to do a firearm background check and present it to the seller. Nowadays the process is instant, and it only takes a few seconds to get a background check to buy a gun.
Q: Is the mental health of an individual necessary for a gun background check?
A: Well, it should be.
The gun background check initiative has managed to send a strong message to private gun sellers. The second amendment may defend your right to bear arms, but you can’t do whatever you want with them. There are rules in place for a reason, and you must abide by them. People get hurt if you don’t. Why would you want that on your conscience?