Gun Control

Anisa Nur

Gun control is one of the many controversial topics for Americans. The United States constitution grants U.S citizen’s right to bear arms in its second amendment. Although the right to bear arms would not be removed, on April 7, the Biden-Harris Administration announced six initial actions pertaining to gun restrictions. Some of these actions included the ban of ghost guns, annual reports on firearms trafficking which would be conducted by the Justice Department, as well as “red flag” laws which permit police or family members to petition courts to remove guns from dangerous individuals. Despite the lengths for gun control varying depending on an individual’s beliefs, are restrictions ultimately necessary to ensure American’s safety?

Due to the rise in mass shootings within the past few months, the call for gun control has increased with greater reason. In response to reporters outside of the White House, President Joe Biden exclaimed, “it makes no sense” to be able to purchase high-caliber assault rifles. It is irrational to repeat the same action over and over again expecting a different outcome while doing nothing. The President, similar to many Americans, is calling for change. Restrictions are finally being put into action, but the division amongst Americans is still present. According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 42% of Americans believe there would be no difference in mass shootings if guns were harder to obtain.

While gun culture is deeply ingrained in American society, as well as citizens’ political and ethical beliefs, does a common ground exist? 48% of Americans agree gun violence is a very big problem, including 24% claiming it is a moderately big problem. With time change is evident, but what does this look like for the future of America?