Solution for the Issue of Gun Control in America

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Solution for the Issue of Gun Control in America.
The major cause of the debate revolving around the gun control issue in America is the misinterpretation of the Second Amendment. “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” reads the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. There are two theories regarding the interpretation of the Second Amendment, the individual rights theory and the collective rights theory (Second). Nelson Lund a professor of Law who holds a Ph.D. in political science and served as law clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, carefully reasons that the Second Amendment “unambiguously and irrefutably establishes an individual right to keep and bear arms” (Lund). Also in 2010, the Supreme Court acknowledged the individual right to own guns in McDonald v. Chicago (Supreme). Taking guns away from legal citizens is therefore termed unconstitutional. Regardless of the nature of the legal system in the U.S, there is an urgency to solve the issue of gun control and violence. Accordingly, the solution to gun control and gun violence in America lies in solving core reasons such as mental illness, promoting safety and implementing rational laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill. In the recent years, America has been plagued by calamity in the form of mass shootings in public places such as schools, malls, and movie theaters where guns have been used by the mentally ill. The issue of gun control extends far beyond weapons and into the people who commit the mass shootings. Rather than take guns away from lawful citizens, America should implement strategies to stop mass murderers. The biographies of the mass shooters portray that mental illness is the cause of mass shootings. Detecting mental sickness in its early stage could stop violent crimes from happening (Kissinger). In the recent cases, red flags had been missed or not taken seriously. For example, the psychiatrist treating James Holmes, a mass murderer, had warned the campus police at the University of Colorado that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts (Documents). Similarly, a report on the life of Seung-Hu Cho, the mass murderer at the Virginia Tech, shows that he had been termed dangerous and ordered by a judge to receive psychiatric treatment. Digging deeper into Seung-Hu Cho’s biography, one learns that he had a long history of mental illness. He was a loner and his family sought out psychiatric help for him. He had being bullied in school and never mentioned it to his parents. He bottled up his emotions and avoided discussing feelings and reactions with his parents (Mental). Truly, solutions are needed to detect and report red flags displayed by the mentally ill. For instance, learning institutions should employ a system that offers distressed students appropriate medical and counseling services, incidences concerning dangerous and aggressive behavior must be documented and reported immediately to a college threat assessment group and must be acted upon immediately. Policies, and regulations should be set for professors to report any contact with aggressive or dangerous behavior from their students to the Dean (Mental). After the Connecticut elementary school massacre, many law makers were involved in proposing bills that would make schools more secure. For example Sen. Eleanor Sobel proposed a bill that would authorize counties to create special taxing districts that would provide funding for school security and mental health services (Sobel). Therefore, improving on security in schools means implementing stricter security, installing metal detectors at every entrance, implementing lockdown drills, and improving on video surveillance. As a lesson from previous mass killings, schools should also have the same security priority as courthouses, banks and airports. However, rather than arm...
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