Every year, state and federal laws and regulations are enacted across the country affecting just about everyone’s life in one way or another. Whether you recognize the impact on your own life might depend on how often you interact with certain systems or industries, but one of the most hotly contested and controversial arenas for regulation is gun control. With mass shootings becoming more and more common place, the country is becoming more and more divided over the right approach to dealing with gun violence. More regulation is only one of the many ideas that gets kicked around every year, but it is one of many different viewpoints. Below are some of the pros and cons to regulation.
Pros of regulation
- Proponents of gun regulation argue that better and stricter laws can help keep dangerous weapons out of the people who are most likely to use them for harm. They insist that this means not allowing felons or the mentally ill to purchase weapons, among others.
- They also argue that by restricting the volume of high capacity magazines and high powered rifles, that the odds simply go down that people will be killed by these guns. Fewer weapons and fewer automatic rifles could mean a better chance for survival if one finds themselves in danger of being shot.
Cons of regulation
- Opponents have several arguments as well, and claim that more regulation will not keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous criminals. The assertion here is that it will only keep certain guns out of the hands of already law abiding citizens.
- Opponents also purport that more regulation is not the answer, but rather, enhancing enforcement of already existing regulation. For example, there is already a several day waiting period for buying certain types of guns in certain venues. That allows for background checks to be sure the buyer is not a felon and has not shown up on any other critical lists.
- More regulation could potentially hurt businesses in Colorado. By limiting the number of magazines for rifles, for example, a business might have to completely change its factory model and processes just to be able to sell their products in Colorado. They might also determine it is not cost effective, and pull any factories there, taking jobs with them. If you are a responsible gun enthusiast who owns a Schmidt Rubin, this might end up causing a problem for you. If you are unable to purchase your AK parts kit, for example, because of a new law that was passed, you are likely not going to be particularly thrilled with your state legislature.
These are just a few of the many issues that surround this always contentious, but never boring, debate. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, there is wide recognition of both citizens’ right to bear arms as well as too high levels of deaths by gunfire in this country. It creates a difficult environment fraught with a lot of different opinions, all of whom believe they are correct!