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Why do we need regulation on guns?

Gun is a consumer product, sold for money and purchased by individuals. While all consumer products includinggun11 teddy bears are subject to strict federal laws, guns are given a free pass. There is no safety regulation on guns thanks to NRA’s lobbying effort. Unsafe guns lead to accidents and death of adults and children at home. The real suffers are gun owners.

Gun is also a lethal weapon. Falling into the wrong hand, it enables a criminal to kill, a gang member to fight, and a teenage to get revenge. Guns are more deadly than tobacco, alcohol or gambling combined. While all of these are off limit to youngsters, and a 20-year-old can be arrested for drinking beer, he can walk free for buying a gun.

The debate of gun laws was muffled by the slogan, “We need less government regulation”. It is as if government regulation is always a bad thing. These people ignore the fact that government regulates every aspect of our life today. From water to air, to drugs and toys, everything touching us is regulated by law. Without clean air act, we will be breathing dirty air ejected by power plants, we will be drinking unsafe water. Without government regulation, medicine with fatal side effects will not be pulled off shelves and toys with lead poison can stay on the market. Government regulation ensures our housing safety, our food quality, our driving safety (through speed limit and safety belt law). As we live in a society, government acts as the mediator and enforcer that no individual can do.

The freedom of owning a gun has little to do with abiding gun laws. Everyone can own a automobile, but they still need to register and get license for their cars. Everyone have the freedom of owning a house, but they still to watch for zoning regulation and fire safety requirement.

Sensible gun laws governs manufacturing standard, product safety, and accessible by minors and criminals. Sensible gun laws ensure the safety of our street, our school, and most importantly the safety of our home.

Commons sense gun laws such as closing gun show loophole, assault weapon ban, and child-lock are fundamentally needed to ensure guns not fall into wrong hands. Yet, all these basic laws are fought against by NRA lobby. How far can we go in this extremist view of so-called “individual freedom”? The consequence of suffering is demonstrated by deadly shooting every day, in every corner of America. Each day, more than 80 people die from gun shooting, from accidents at home, to dispute with neighbor, to random shooting on the street. The deadly consequence of “gun freedom” is the death of our young, 4-year-old shot while playing with guns, 15-year-old while in heat of argument, 19-year-old walking out of a nightclub.

American does not have to be a society soaked in blood, because the bloody consequence was caused by powerful gun lobby that stripped away our basic protection from law. Let’s work to enact sensible gun laws. We ask for sensible regulation on guns, as we ask for regulation on food and drugs. Gun issue is no longer a private matter but a public safety issue. It affects all of us. Let’s pass sensible gun laws now.

(Blog by Junling Hu)

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5 Responses

  1. This is just a rehash of the talking points from those who do not support the 2nd Amendment.

    “guns are given a free pass”

    Not true. They are heavily regulated from beginning to end by both federal (BATF) and state law.

    “Guns are more deadly than tobacco, alcohol or gambling combined.”

    Where is your source for that?

    “20-year-old can be arrested for drinking beer, he can walk free for buying a gun.”

    A 20-year old is a legal adult. 20 year olds are soldiers, can vote, own property, drive, get married, and die for our country, but can’t buy a pistol or drink a beer?

    “Commons sense gun laws such as closing gun show loophole, assault weapon ban, and child-lock are fundamentally needed to ensure guns not fall into wrong hands””

    There is no gun show loophole. That is a media created myth. All dealers (FFLs) are required to perform background checks or they are committing a felony. As far as “assault weapons” go, an assault weapon by definition is whatever the politicians decide it is. If you think they are “full auto” think again. Fully automatic firearms are banned since 1986.

    Child locks….I don’t know if this is true by federal law, but it is already the law in Michigan. Every time I bought a gun, there’s a trigger lock that comes with it. I don’t use it, since it’s unsafe to mess with the trigger of a firearm, and guns are always loaded (even with no ammo)

    We have thousands of firearm laws in this country already. They don’t keep us safe. If they did, Chicago would be the safest city in our country with its total ban. It isn’t even close to being the safest. Where I live in a county of 175,000 people, most of us have firearms, and we have maybe one homicide every two years with all weapons. Guns, knives, cars, etc.

  2. junling says:

    Republican Michigander, Thank you for you comment. It’s a good start for conversation. Just want to quickly address one point you made.
    By “Guns are more deadly than tobacco, alcohol or gambling combined.” I mean if a man smokes a cigarette, then drinks a few bottles of beer, and then loses thousands in a casino, he does not die right away. But gun kills instantly. It’s so lethal that you don’t have any recourse. If you fall into bad habit of smoking, you can still recover. But if you make a bad mistake of shooting someone, you are locked up for many years. This is why we have so many people locked up from gun crimes. It’s tragedy of our society. Check these cases of shooting due to temporary rage: http://deadlygun.com/category/dispute-strangers/

  3. A gun is a tool. It’s the great equalizer. It’s no different than other tools. If I was a bad guy, I could kill someone instantly with my hands, truck, knife, bow, or worst case scenario with a couple of propane tanks and a lighter, a bomb.

    It’s not a mistake if I shoot someone. It’s a choice. I’ve learned the rules since I was a little kid. 1. Don’t point the firearm at anything I don’t wish to destroy. 2. All guns are loaded. 3. Keep the finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. It’s something I am aware of, and my temper is actually more in check when I am armed. I’ve never pointed a firearm at anybody. I never had to.

    The first thing I noticed on your link was “Harlem”. New York City. Under the Sullivan Laws there, guns are already banned (unless you are a member of the elite class). That’s also the case in Chicago.

    The rest of these cases on that list were in cities or suburbs of large cities. I think the bigger question is why the cities are shooting each other. Where I live, it is extremely rare, and we have as many guns here as in the city (mostly legal)

  4. junling says:

    You have made some interesting points and good observation on city vs. rural area. Let me state my understanding of these points.

    I agree that gun is a tool. But there is fundamental difference between lethal power of different tools. If I waive a knife, I can kill at most one person before I am wrestled to the ground by others. If I have a gun, I can easily kill 10 people, before anyone has time to react. In fact, the recent shooting death in Virginia tech claimed 32 lives. Could that happen with a knife or a bow?

    Bomb is certain very lethal, and we should definitely regulate bombs too. I am not sure about trucks. Of course you can run truck into a crowd, but you have less likelihood of killing someone you target by using a truck. Gun is designed to target and kill.

    I am glad that you were trained to use firearms responsibly, and you never point a gun at anyone. This is why a training course should be required for all gun owners. Unfortunately many states do not have such requirement. In those states, homes are stocked with guns that are loaded that lead to accidents and unnecessary death of children.

    I am also glad you are rational and know the responsibility of having a gun. Many people are not as rational as you are. This is specifically true for young people. Somehow a 15-year-old teenage gets hold a gun, he brings it to parties and shows off. When argument is heated, he uses the gun to shoot to prove his power. It’s simply tragic. The irrational thing happens also when people are in domestic dispute. So far, 33% of gun homicide arises from domestic dispute. Please see this summary http://gunlawforum.com/2009/05/05/the-face-of-gun-homicide/

    Regarding city vs. rural area, I guess it is the concentration of people that lead to bad temper. Unfortunately, 80% of US population live in urban area (Census 2000 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/census/cps2k.htm). Something must be done regarding the majority of population.

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