The Second Amendment is one of the tenets of both the American Constitution and its democracy. It is protected in the Bill of Rights and guarantees the right to bear arms. However, it is not unlimited. A balance must be struck in order to preserve our society. Students can no longer stand by as inaction and complacency ends lives.
From school walkouts to the March For Our Lives, it's obvious. We're here. A topic that hits so close to home for many students is at the forefront of our minds, and we're letting the country know.
We will fix the system that has failed over and over again with common sense gun reform, and grant Americans a freedom from fear.
Bipartisan support for strengthening the current background check system exists, yet no real action has been taken to fix the urgent issue.
22% of gun sales are private and federal gun laws still exempt unlicensed sellers from having to perform any background check whatsoever before selling a firearm.
No matter what the circumstance is, the purchase of a firearm must be accompanied by a background check. "Gunshow loopholes" must be addressed and it is essential that dealers are subject to more federal oversight.
The FBI estimates that, on average, about 3,000 people pass a NICS background check each year despite being prohibited under state or federal law from purchasing a gun.
It is imperative that states improve the submission of records to NICS to ensure that felons and other dangerous people do not have easy access to firearms. Currently, Federal Agencies fail to do so in many cases, and they face no real repercussions, while the American public is left to face the deadly consequences.
The FBI currently has only 3 business days to complete a background check. Many checks pass by default simply due to this insufficient time, as requesting and receiving court documents require more time. A waiting period or "cooling off" time gives law enforcement officials sufficient time to properly perform a background .
Mass shootings have become all too familiar in our schools. Providing kids with the legal ability to purchase firearms, along with the access they have to schools, has proven to be fatal.
The federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, and it now falls on states to ban these weapons. Homicide detectives, trauma surgeons, and veterans are just some of the few professions who witness first-hand, the devastation these weapons can create. These are the same professions calling for a ban. Military-style assault weapons are the choice of weapon for all mass shooting perpetrators. Weapons intended to be on the battlefield have no place in civilian hands.
The devastating effects of firearms can be multiplied with the addition of certain weapon attachments.
Each bullet less is a life saved.
Bumpstocks essentially turn semi-automatic weapons into fully-automatic machine guns with the use of the weapon's recoil. If machine guns have been outlawed, then bump stocks must be treated the same. While "homemade" bumpstocks can be produced, they are much more likely to malfunction.
The CDC researches all leading causes of death in America, except for gun violence. With the Dickey Amendment in place, the CDC is unable to analyze data from the gun violence epidemic.
Gun violence rages throughout communities because of the ease of access combined with the distance of safety it provides for criminals from the scene. Law enforcement needs every tool available to help pursue dangerous criminals and make our communities safe. By tracing criminals through their guns and ammunition using the inexpensive technology of microstamping and ballistic identification, we can help law enforcement solve crimes.
Law enforcement does not have the power to remove firearms from individuals who display violent signs, even if family members file reports. Extreme risk protection order laws allow law enforcement and family members to petition a court to temporarily disarm potentially violent individuals.
Current federal law does not mandate owners to report a lost or stolen weapon, and only 12 states have laws put in place. These mandates would aid law enforcement in tracking weapons and reducing illegal gun trafficking. Laws would also promote responsible gun ownership and promote accountability for owners.