Why The Gun Laws in The U.S. Needs to be More Stricter?
In the United States of America, the people have the right to have guns because it is
written in the state constitution. Every State regulate the possession and using of the firearms and
ammunition, and every states have it is difference perspective in regulation. Firearms owners are
subject to the states that they are in, not in the state of residence. Some states ask to have permits
in order to maintain a gun and some are not, but some states do recognize other states and other
do not. As a result, there are no unity (state-by-state basis) between the states in gun regulation in
permits. However, according to the United States constitution, the second Amendment of the Bill
of Rights is that you have the “right to keep and bear arms in the United States”. The question is,
did the gun laws have protected the citizens from the misuse of the firearms typically when they
in counter between them?
Firearms have a greater impact on the death of the people in the United States. According
to Everytown research organization, collected from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention(CDC). There are 93 people how have been killed by a gun in each day, the average of
the homeside in each day it estimated nearly about 12,000 of killing. Also, 2 or more injuries
happen when an individual have been killed in each day, and 63 of the death by firearms are
suidesuide. On average day, 7 children or teens (below 19 years old) have been killed by a
firearm. On average month, nearly 60 women are killed by their life partner.
One of the major issue in gun laws, is having a law called “Stand Your Ground” laws.
According to John Lott in Chicago Tribune , it is a concept of self-defense of using deadly force
when the police are not in present and currently applies in 27 states. He also asserts that black
have more beneficial of this law because they majority of black communities lives in poor areas
where near to the hot spot. However, having a law that present to individuals to act like more
ambiguity because they might end into to a several wrong actions. According to CNN in
“Trayvon Martin Shooting Fast Facts”, a seventeen years, Trayvon Martin an African-American
how died in a fatal shot in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman who is a neighborhood watch at
the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community, he called 911 reporting that there are a "A
suspicious person", he did not follow the dispatcher order to stay in his patrol. He left his car and
followed Martin and killed him because he claimed that it was a self-defense. The Police Officer
“Timothy Smith writes that Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of the head”, and
the court ruled in favor of George Zimmerman.
Critically, authorizing individuals to use deadly force in public as a self-defense might
bring some discrimination against the African-American in the justice system. Some people
might use this law as a free ride ticket to get out of jail especially in poor areas. According to
John Lott in Los Angeles Times, he provides a date that conducted from 200 cases between 14-81
defenders. “Nearly 70% of defendants who invoked the law were set free. Defendants were
significantly more likely to prevail if the victim was black, and the defense worked even in cases
in which deadly force was used against unarmed victims by people who developed a "reasonable
fear" for their life and safety only after provoking the victim”. So, giving the people a firearms
and provide this law, it is really unfair for those who died in wrong actions.
In the end, the use of firearms needs to be more strict in this country. Many people died
because of these guns are in the streets especially in the poor urban. I believe this law needs to be
reviewed again by the law makers because it is a not great idea to let the individuals to use
deadly force compared in authorization to law enforcement. This is the police job to protect the
people, so if this law removed and replaced by a new solution to reduce gun violence particle
who use this law as free way ticket.
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Lott, John. "In Defense of Stand Your Ground Laws." Chicago Tribune: 19. Oct 29 2013.
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Moreno, Joelle A. "Perils of 'Stand Your Ground'." Los Angeles Times Jul 22 2013. ProQuest.
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