An interesting study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet today seems to indicate implementation of just 3 laws could drastically reduce gun deaths in the US. (note: there have been some questions raised about the statistical modeling used. Possibly the numbers would not be quite as drastic- but still hugely significant).
- Background checks on ALL firearm sales (57% reduction)
- Background check for ALL ammunition sales (81% reduction)
- Firearm identification (84% reduction )
This all adds up to an overall 90% reduction in gun deaths in the US if implemented. (caveat being it would take some years- as there were stould be many untraceable blackmarket guns and ammunition out there for years to come).
They also mention that putting an end to “stand your ground” laws could further greatly reduce deaths.
These are all very sensible laws. Ones which generally have a high rate of support- even among gun owners. No one – except the paranoids who shouldn’t have guns in the first place…who think ANY kind of background check or registration is just the next step towards seizing guns should have any issue with any of these proposals.
Indeed- I would argue that, especially if the background checks are expanded to where they are in many developed nations ( ie: not just looking for a felony record or mental health comittment…if they were expanded to a mental health screening, interviews with family/friends/co-workers, and if the local police/sheriff had to sign off … we would go a long way towards expanding gun rights for millions of americans. While sucessfully removing guns from those who have no business owning them.