Gun Control

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Gun Control

New Methods Needed Gun control, as we know it, consists of the government restricting the
ability of individual citizens to purchase weapons. The different types of gun control
vary from waiting periods between when you purchase the gun and when you actually get it,
background checks so that high-risk people can't purchase guns through legal channels, and
completely banning certain types of guns. There are countless ways for criminals to avoid
these government regulations, causing them to only render the ability of innocent citizens
protecting their home and family's ability to purchase guns. The "waiting period" method
of gun control is basically a two-step process. The first step in the procedure is that
the person wanting a gun goes to his local shop (or calls a reputable mail order outlet)
to place the initial order. Then, he must wait one to two weeks while the government
performs a small background check for past criminal activities, disorderly conduct, or
lack of mental/emotional stability. During this time, if the purchaser of the gun wanted
the gun for impulse reasons (out of rage), it is hoped that they will not still want to
cause bodily harm after a couple weeks. The problem with this method of gun control is
that it stops the ordinary citizen from purchasing a gun on the whim, but it actually
protects the common criminal. Underage buyers and other delinquents can purchase mass
quantities of weapons through "dummy buyers" that have clean backgrounds. So if a burglar
enters a house with full intention to maim or kill, the innocent victim (who can't get a
gun to protect his family because he was arrested for drunk driving seven years ago) is
simply a victim of a law that supports black market trade. There are over 200 million
registered guns in circulation (Larson), and they are the ones that will not be killing
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