In the recent past, there has been a major public uproar especially in line with increased public shooting at innocent civilians. For example, it is easy to recall that, in the recent past, a young man went on a shooting spree wearing batman attire coupled with army uniform and sprayed viewers with machine guns as they watched the launch of the Batman Returns movie. This experience was enraging, and it caused heated debate and public uproar. Further, this fanatic went ahead to set bobby traps in the apartment where he was residing thus endangering more lives if an invasion to his apartment was to occur.
This issue did not only cause enough public outrage but also caused residents and other citizens to fear for their safety. The main cause of this public outburst was that they no longer felt that the government was making any effort to assure them of safety. To most, increase of licensing of guns was a more commendable approach since individuals could carry weapons to protect themselves. On the other hand, other critics thought that increase in gun issuance restriction was the way out.
Nonetheless, no one seems to ask the all-rudimentary question as to whether the guns are the problem or the individual behind the gun is the problem (O’Roark & Wood, 209). The President of the United States of America has stated categorically and with all vehemence available that, there is need to have stringent measures set in as far as civilian owning guns is concerned. To be more precise, the President has stated that there is need to reduce the number of guns in the streets of America so as to ensure public safety.
For example, according to Cerdá et al. (1108+), analysis has shown that there is a higher proclivity of those engaged in criminal activities with an increased propensity towards utilization of guns by civilians. When an individual feels threatened and would like to obtain a gun, all they need is a valid gun permit that they are good to go. The main challenge that is emergent in this setting is the fact that when these licenses are issued at a high rate, the owners may not necessarily be the problem. However, if an individual with a mental challenge, depressed, psychopath, or delusional out of personal or religious affiliations, any weapon is lethal in their hands. This does not however mean that the problem is with the gun, but rather the problem is with the individual behind the gun.
In most cases, when radical changes are implemented out of emotional attachments to this problem, the resultant challenge becomes a nightmare in the short or long run. Take for example; the implementation of stringent control framework on gun purchase like the one president Obama proposed is a mixture of emotional response and secondary political response strategy (Anesi, & De Donder, 519 - 522). This means that the line of argument that is adopted in such a case is more subjective to certain areas of the discussion; thus inclination towards addressing the issue via implementation of stringent aspects in dealing with the issue. However, with this proclivity, the decision-makers tend to overlook crucial facets that conjointly make up an objective decision-making arena.
Take for example, while trying to address some of the issues highlighted in many regions is the issue of frustrations especially by the congress on the minimum wage and implementation across the divide (O’Roark & Wood, 209). Following the massive laydown in the recently experiences global financial crisis of 2007-2008, a considerable number of working class citizens found themselves without jobs, huge inflated mortgages to repay, an ever increasing cost of living marred by constant frustrations from potential employers (O’Roark & Wood, 209).
Another individualized subjective line of argument is propagated in the works of Cerdá et al. (1109) where it is highlighted that when a mentally disturbed individual is in possession of a gun, they are lethal since, in their action, they are irrational. The complexity that comes with an irrational mental challenge is the fact controlling such an individual immediately becomes one of the drawbacks (Cerdá et al., 1111). This barrier to progress means that the issuance of the conventional methodology of achieving the set end. Additional information is gathered from the works of other authors, and this is added to lodging places. It is possible to evaluate the original expression from the sun since. This means that the president make a decision to be in involved with the system or otherwise by addressing the challenges that are limited airtime. There is a higher proclivity that the individuals who were met with hair are those that based on the amount savings in their accounts and the accounting information; they were the targets (Cerdá et al., 1112).
There is this emergent theme from the works of Anesi and De Donder (520 +) that guns on their own do not kill, and no matter how long it will take for the truth to come to light. On the contrary, it is noted that since guns cannot kill on their own, they need to sharpen the skills and argument basis such that the decisions suggested are factual (Anesi & De Donder, 522).
It is important to highlight at this juncture that the main reason for negation of the ideology that gun control is the ultimate solution to the emergent menace is that, security of a region is important, but most importantly is the security of the neighborhood. If people are the ones who kill, why then are the guns being restrained from the market? Why is the market being deprived of the security stance, other individuals are making money from such investments?
Consider the economic implications that this line of argument would yield within a set timeframe. First, the sales of guns and its accessories are to make a conscious choice that will promote the economic situation of the region and country as a whole. Research has shown that while the Congress has given more emphasis on implementing stringent measures, it is also noted that these results are misguided especially in light of the realization of the fact that mental disorders have in the recent past been treated lightly under mental illness (Cerdá et al., 1113). This means that limited amount of resources are directed towards improving individuals who experience traumatic experiences.
It is estimated that the sale of guns is not only a lucrative arena but also one among luxurious areas, which contribute heavily towards the economy of the country. Can the region afford to do away with the utilization of guns, or possession of firearms? This is a complex dilemma.
Borrowing from past experience, when stringent measures were put in place, they had limited information that needed their attention. Several month’s investment portfolio shows that there is a challenge to the extent that it contributes to the region’s economic growth displays a wanting situation (O’Roark & Wood, 209). A complex mix between family value and violence level and converse relation with improper utilization of weapons does exist (O’Roark & Wood, 209).
A psychiatric evaluation on a randomly selected individuals showed that the society has challenges in coordination of various facets of life based on different sources of stressors that seem to trigger depression (Cerdá et al., 1115). However, despite such increases, it is conversely noted that these individuals do not show a converse increase in criminal activities among the target populace that negating earlier assertion that possession of a weapon will lead to volatility within the market.
Stringent measures will see the decline in sales that will conversely affect the amount of revenue that the federal government is likely to generate from these investments (Cerdá, et al., 1114). Depriving the region of vital income is not quite the solution to this challenge. Take for example, when the US government made an effort to curtail drug abuse within a region, the government made stringent measures. However, instead of the situation improving, the situation worsened with special investment by these unit members being subjected towards key infrastructure. There was utilization and overall exploitation of the porous Mexican border thus drugs continue to trickle in irrespective of the measures set.
This means that even if the country is made to adhere to some stringent moves, as long as the borders are porous from surprise visits from incoming international hosts, this shows that the situation is at a critical stage. Instead of eliminating the option that individuals can own this option, it would rather be more prudent that individuals are undertaken through a thorough assessment on their social psychological state of mind prior to owning and gun. This can be made more severe with a mandatory requirement to have follow-up visits to psychiatrists to have an annual evaluation, only then can one be able to minimize on the possibility of unnecessary. Any person found to fail this aspect should have other options. For example, it should also be possible to have groups that enroll for new gun application so as to undergo through similar therapies and individual assessment made on their group activities set for the day.
In conclusion, while earlier assertions that possession of guns by civilians is almost immoral, it would be prudent to highlight that emergent theme show that this is a disservice to the nation. For example, the nation stands to lose a lot in terms of revenue collected since it is taxable and a source of income to the system. It would also be important to have an integrative system framework where individuals with known criminal records; especially those that involve armed crimes to have their names, highlighted to avoid them from buying these guns. However, barring everyone from owning a gun is a disservice to the nation and individuals in terms of revenue collection.
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