Following the tragedies of school shootings and other gun related massacres such as those at Columbine High School in 1999, Virginia Tech in 2007, Northern Illinois University in 2008, Tucson shooting in 2011, Newton-Connecticut in 2012, the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting in 2014, Reporters Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, Oregon Umpqua Community College, and San Bernardino, CA in 2015, Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings and Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas in 2017, to the most recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February 2018 has reignited the intense debate about gun control and gun violence legislation and the rights movement to bear arms in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The right to bear arms gives the ability to “law abiding citizens” to defend themselves and their homes from random acts of violence that we see, hear, and read about far too often within our society and workplace today. On the other side of the spectrum, there is an effort for people to be properly vetted through a more responsible comprehensive process prior to the sale of any of these weapons to individuals wanting to purchase. Now, recent events have also sparked the debate of banning the sale of weapons against people with unstable mental disabilities, habitual violent criminal histories, and/or convicted felons.
Our position at C U CLEAR is simple, “any” person applying for the sale of any firearm should be properly vetted through a comprehensive background investigation similar to that in which people applying for a government security clearance for the federal government go through prior to the sale and access of such weapon. It’s the most COMMON SENSE approach and RESPONSIBLE thing to do and may very well SAVE lives. It’s about exercising due diligence while attempting to “mitigate” these weapons from getting into the wrong hands. Nothing more: nothing less. It’s about an attempt to reduce incidences while preserving the rights of people to bear arms equally. We live in times today which demands unveiling deliberate concealment, identifying those with mental instabilities, and bringing forth positive change which requires some type of compromise. It is for the greater good and carries a national security point of interest. As our late President Ronald Reagan once said, “Trust, but Verify.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that nearly 2 million new handguns are manufactured and imported each year—adding to the 258 million firearms already in circulation. Comprehensive Background checks can assist in complimenting the scope of an investigation to verify who these guns are actually being sold to. In light of all events throughout the country that has taken place over the past decade, there is no better time or question that something must be done about it. As a civilized society we need to take the moral high ground and responsibility in mitigating associated risk and threat that challenge us today which exposes our children, families, citizens, and workforce to these random acts of violence. Not all, but some of these instances could’ve been avoided if more responsible actions were taken to identify red flags and/or developed concerns.
Our Recommended Solutions
– Perform full scope background investigations on all applicants desiring to obtain a license for the purchase a weapon of any kind.
– Applicants should undergo a personality assessment conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist.
– Required classroom training instruction on weapons handling and safety.
– Implement an age requirement
– Limit the sale of automatic weapons to law enforcement, our military, and those with a need to have basis.
– Conduct a periodic license renewal process at set internals of time.
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