BY CARDINE JOHNSON
There have been multiple acts of violence over the past week that have ultimately ended the lives of their victims. These acts have been perpetrated by white males who had questionable access to guns to cause harm to the innocent. Has this type of violent behavior caused Americans to reevaluate guns laws or will the laws remain intact while more families are forced to mourn the loss of their loved ones?
Most Americans want to eliminate the gun violence from our society, but are they willing to support legislation in order to put it into law? President Obama attempted to place major restrictions on gun purchases and provided mandates requiring the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to instruct businesses on how to proceed if they sold firearms out of their store or online. This included the requirement to obtain a license, and conduct a detailed background check that would include mental health verification as well. However, this was never passed in Congress, while businesses continued to sell firearms and gun violence increase rapidly.
As we have entered into a new administration which has unabashedly continued to voice its support for the National Rifle Association it is expected that regulations will not be increased, and could possibly be decreased, when it comes to the selling and purchasing of firearms in America. After attending the NRA’S Convention in Atlanta this May Trump had this to say to his gun toting audience, “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” However, as the President has now been faced with gun violence that has reached a little closer to home following the attack on House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, many wondered if his tone would change. However, it did not, as blame was quickly placed on the media and the Democratic Party.
So where does that leave us? While many understand, including us here at Modest Truth Mag, that these laws are necessary to prevent the rapid increase of massive gun violence, we are left wondering how to address it. As always it is imperative to contact your officials. You can do so by using apps like Resistbot or you can get contact information or utilize house.gov to find your representative.
To learn more about what you can do to promote gun reform checkout the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.