According to the Crime Prevention Research Center approximately 17,250,000 citizens possess a conceal and carry permit. That basically means those people probably had to pass 2 background checks before they could purchase a gun and obtain a permit to carry. Those background checks are conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is located at the FBI Information Service Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Just for the sake of conversation, let’s say the average gun owner possesses 3 guns. That would be 51 million 750 thousand guns. Let’s further assume each gun owner has 2 boxes (50 rounds each) of ammunition for each gun. That would be 310 million, 500 thousand rounds of ammunition. I suggest these numbers are quite understated.
If legal gun owners were a problem in the United States, I believe we would surely have known long before now. Stricter gun laws are constantly being argued by those who are not pro-gun supporters, and those who are. My opinion is it depends on what the new law requires before we can determine if it will deter crime, or simply make things more difficult for law abiding citizens who own or purchase a firearm. I suspect most of the criminals who possess guns did not buy them legally at any retail store. What reasonable law will be passed that stops the criminal element from buying guns in streets and alley-ways? How much better will we enforce the law that already prohibits the theft of firearms?
One of the ideas being argued is making background checks more strenuous, closing loopholes, etc. I do not oppose any reasonable, vigorous background check when buying a firearm, or applying for a permit to carry. My belief is the responsible, law abiding American citizen would pass such a check. If we initiate new stricter background checks, let’s likewise when it comes to immigration, voter identification, and candidates running for political office. In my opinion these are also serious problems in our society. Currently, politicians are not submitted to background screening, this includes, members of congress (both houses) and candidates for President. It would seem to me that candidates for federal political offices should be required to hold the same ideology that founded this country and has kept it free for 243 years, and have a crime free background. Perhaps, they should be scrutinized much more strenuously before being given law making power and secret security clearances. Just food for thought.
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