The Government is Finally Taking Steps Toward Gun Violence

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The United States has been ravaged by mass shootings for years, elevating the already-polarizing gun control debate. Majority of the population called for the government to act after each and every mass shooting that occurred, but the country’s leaders failed to do anything because of how split the Democrats and Republicans are on the issue.

Even the population that wants alterations is split on how the change should come. On one extreme side, you have people wanting a gun ban, while on the other end is the want for more guns and the ability to carry in public. Then you have the people in the middle, who want something along the lines of banning certain caliber of weapons and/or making it harder to acquire firearms.

According to the National Public Radio, with the Democratic party back in control after nine years, the House is finally taking action, by proposing legislation which would enhance background checks on gun purchases.

January 8, 2019, marked the eighth anniversary of the 2011 Tucson shooting which left six dead and seriously injured former Arizona Democratic Representative, Gabrielle Giffords, which led to her founding Giffords, a gun violence prevention advocacy organization.

It also marked the date when a bipartisan group of lawmakers, fronted by Giffords and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, proposed a law which would extend current background check requirements to almost all gun sales and most gun transfers, including internet sales, at gun shows, and person-to-person transactions, with certain exemptions for immediate family.

If it were to be voted in, it would mark the first time since 1994 that significant gun legislation would be passed. The Senate has tried since then but, either because of the Republican obstruction or fumbling on the Democratic side of things, they’ve failed.

This time, the Democrats told the NPR that they intend to move quickly in getting the bill passed, and with how the atmosphere surrounding firearms has changed because of all the major shootings that have happened since, it may work in their favor.

It is co-sponsored by Representatives Peter King, R-N.Y. and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., along with four other GOP sponsors.

“When background checks are used, they keep guns out of the hands of people we all agree shouldn’t have guns,” said King.

“From the public polling to the ballot box, the American people have spoken up and demanded action to help end the tragedy of gun violence that far too many in our country face every day. We will continue our fight and we will deliver,” said Thompson.

As expected, however, is pushback from the National Rifle Association (NRA), who believe background checks are a failed system that did not prevent the mass shootings that have happened in the past.

“So-called universal background checks will never be universal because criminals do not comply with the law,” said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker. “Instead of looking for effective solutions that will deal with root cause of violent crime and save lives, anti-gun politicians would rather score political points and push ineffective legislation that doesn’t stop criminals from committing crimes.”

And with the NRA’s opposition, it all but means that President Trump will not be supporting the bill and makes it unlikely that it passes the Senate.

Regardless of whether the legislation passes or not, there is still a lot to be done to help limit and preferably prevent gun violence.

To read more about this, you can check it out on NPR here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Would you support a bill for more in-depth background checks on gun buying?

53% Yah, it's needed
47% No, leave guns alone
57% Yah, it's needed
43% No, leave guns alone
40% Yah, it's needed
60% No, leave guns alone

Yah, it’s needed

No, leave guns alone

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