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Email The last major efforts to change gun laws came in the wake of the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20 young schoolchildren and six adults were slain in their classrooms.
Then, the president issued a series of executive actions and recommended congressional action which was never passed. This week, amid a spate of mass shootings, the debate over how to reduce gun violence has been renewed. Unlike the Colorado shooting, the San Bernardino massacre increasingly appears to be an act of terrorism.
But the fact that one of the perpetrators was an American citizen and the guns purchased legally puts this crime into a new gray area that will create more challenges for lawmakers trying to prevent more gun deaths. Here are five ideas the U. Tighten restrictions on gun sales Loopholes now exist in the background check system that make it possible for people with criminal records or mental health issues to procure guns.
For instance, a gun purchased over the Internet or from a private individual at a gun show is not subject to a background check because neither instance involves licensed gun sellers.
After Newtown, the gun-related legislation that seemed most likely to make it through Congress was a bill cosponsored by Sens. But it died on the Senate floor when it failed to attract enough support.
The Senate voted on that measure again Thursday along with a series of Democratic proposals to reduce gun violence, and it failed on a vote. Obama should consider doing it himself -- using his executive authority to close those loopholes by defining gun shows and the Internet as places where people engage in the business of gun sales, so they would be required to do background checks.
The White House has also weighed the idea of imposing background check requirements on gun dealers who sell a large number of firearms and requiring them to be licensed by the ATF. In the wake of the Paris terror attacksDemocrats also introduced legislation that would stop people on the U.
Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said. The bill failed to pass a procedural hurdle along with the other Democratic gun control proposals.
Kessler said that most of the legislation to address these issues will get nowhere in Congress. Improve the mental health care system Republicans have repeatedly argued for measures that address mental health issues. Murphy, a career psychologist, has been working on the legislation since the Newtown shooting.
His bill aims to improve treatment for people with serious mental health issues like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and increase the availability of beds for psychiatric patients. These strategies would both reduce the chances that those with mental health issues become violent and get more people into mental health treatment - and into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so they can't purchase guns.
Murphy concedes his proposal can't address issues like keeping guns away from criminals or terrorists. Addressing mental health issues, he said, accounts "for a relatively small share of all acts of serious violence. If we magically came up with a total cure for all mental illness, we would prevent no more than 5 percent of violent crime.
Conduct gun violence research For almost 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control CDC has not been able to use public funds to research gun violence. It's not an explicit ban on gun violence research, but sinceCongress has barred the CDC from using federal funding for what it considers to be advocating for gun control.
The lack of funding has left many questions on gun violence unanswered. David Price, D-North Carolina told CBS News that he'd like to find out more about which populations are most affected by gun violence, as well as "the causes, domestic circumstances, the situation with respect to local laws and law enforcement practices.
How is that related to the incidence of gun violence? And then what kind of preventive measures might mitigate this? Nita Lowey, D-New York seconded that, telling CBS News, "When you see statistics that say thousands of deaths occur a day as a result of gun violence, we need to know why, how, where, when and so I want to leave it to the CDC to determine why these numbers are so very high.
Reduce the lethality of guns There may also be ways to make guns less dangerous to store.If the fundamental problem is that America has far too many guns, then policies need to cut the number of guns in circulation right now to seriously reduce the number of gun deaths.
Some of the strongest evidence on reducing gun violence comes not from controls on gun purchases, but from an approach to policing called "focused deterrence." about 96% of the violent crime in America would still occur.
The federal Gun Control Act, passed in , prohibits gun ownership by people who have been involuntarily . A dealer linked to more than five crime gun traces in the prior year Health to study gun violence and develop innovative solutions to reducing gun deaths and injuries.
The gun murder rate in the United States is 25 times higher than it is in peer nations, and American teenagers are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than their international peers. Are smart guns a plausible solution to gun violence in the U.S.?
Smart guns—for example, with biometric safeties that mean only the owner can use the gun—do sound great in theory.
The Guardian - Back to home. News Opinion Is there anything that works to reduce gun deaths in a country in which civilian gun ownership is a fundamental right? America’s gun violence.
Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in American Cities. data can help policy makers address gun crime with solutions tailored to local circumstances. Goss K. Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America. Princeton, NJ: . With that in mind, some urban communities have adopted strategies to reduce gun violence by reshaping public spaces that facilitate gun crime. In Philadelphia, a local horticultural society is turning abandoned lots into clean green spaces, reducing the opportunities to store guns and drugs in those vacant areas. Gun control laws don't reduce violent crime. An alternative to gun control—mandatory sentences for persons who commit crimes with firearms—will produce greater reductions in crime and require less sacrifice on the part of gun owners than gun‐control laws.