Unlike the rest of the industrialized world, gun violence remains a constant and deadly problem in the United States, where 31 people are killed each and every day by guns.
Christine Dickason has a new post up at the Institute for Policy Studies outlining three reforms that would reduce gun violence in America.
- Close the private gun sales background check loophole.
- Ensure that domestic abusers and stalkers don’t have access to guns.
- Stop open carry laws in every state.
Close the private gun sales background check loophole.
Dickason points out that the Brady Act, passed in 1993, doesn’t cover private transfers of guns. And that’s a real problem: “40 percent of gun sales are considered private sales, which means the buyer isn’t required to undergo a background check. Allowing private gun sales to take place without any type of restrictions only makes our cities more dangerous.”
Ensure that domestic abusers and stalkers don’t have access to guns
Federal law generally prohibits domestic abusers from gaining access to a gun — but what’s called the “Boyfriend Loophole” means that the law excludes domestic abusers who are in dating relationships. But the bipartisan Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act was introduced in Congress this July. It’s aimed at strengthening existing domestic violence prevention laws, and it closes the “Boyfriend Loophole.”
Stop open carry laws in every state
Dickason notes that thirty-one states currently allow citizens to open carry without any type of license or permit. And their impact is felt:
Guns in the public space both normalize weapons and violence that can occur with their use. As one Slate author wrote, “If it communicates anything, carrying a gun in public tells bystanders that the carrier is prepared to kill someone.”
Read more about these three policy reforms @ the Institute for Policy Studies.