2018-9: Gun Control laws in the U.S.
Wikipedia defines "Gun Control" (a.k.a. Firearms Regulation) as:
"... the set of laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms by civilians." 1
2018: Results of polls on gun control:
Gallup has conducted polls on a random selection of U.S. adults since 1959 and has been polling annually since 1990. During 2018-OCT, 2 their poll of randomly selected U.S. adults found that:
* Most states in the U.S. do not require background checks for firearms purchased from private individuals at gun shows, at home, at any other location. or over the Internet. This is often referred to as the "gun show loophole." It allows individuals who could not pass a background check to purchase firearms at any of the thousands of gun shows across the U.S. annually. Federal law only requires licensed dealers to conduct background checks. 4
- 43% have a gun in their home; 55% do not; 2% refused to answer. (This compares with surveys by other groups which show that 26% of Canadian households and 14.2% of Ontario households own one or more firearm. 3)
- 61% believe that "... laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict." 30% prefer the current laws be retained; 8% would like to have the laws made less strict.
- 28% believe that laws should be implemented that "... ban the possession of handguns except by the the police and other authorized persons." 71% oppose such a law; 1% have no opinion.
- 40% favor a law that would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or possess semiautomatic guns (a.k.a. assault weapons. (These are weapons that fire one bullet every time the trigger is pulled). 57% oppose such a law; 3% have no opinion.
- 28% have a very favorable, 25% a mostly favorable, 16% a mostly unfavorable, 26% a very unfavorable opinion of the National Rifle Association (NRA). 4% had no opinion. The NRA promotes relaxation of gun control laws in the U.S.
- When asked about approaches to prevent mass shootings at schools, 92% favored "requiring background checks for all gun sales." *
- When asked in general about a law requiring background checks for all gun purchases, 96% were in favor of such a law. *
- Among various "problems facing the country," 51% personally worry "a great deal" about the availability of guns.
- 46% are dissatisfied with the current laws and want them made more strict; 39% are satisfied with present laws; 8% are dissatisfied with present laws and want them made less strict; 5% are dissatisfied with present laws but want them kept the same; 2% had no opinion or refused to answer.
2019-JAN-08: Democrats are introducing gun control legislation in the federal House:
On Tuesday, 2019-JAN-08, a group of Democratic Representatives are introducing a bill to expand background checks during all sales and transfers of firearms. The date was selected to coincide with the eighth anniversary of the shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords. If, by some miracle, the bill becomes law, then it would make a dent in the number of gun deaths in the U.S. which reached almost 40,000 during 2018. 5
Gabby Giffords (D) said that the bill:
"... marks a critical first step toward strengthening America’s gun laws and making our country a safer place to live, work, study, worship and play. I stand ready to do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line. 5
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
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- "Gun Control," Wikipedia, as on 2018-DEC-15 at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
- "Guns," Gallup, updated between 2018-OCT and 2019-JAN, at: https://news.gallup.com/
- "Firearms, Accidental Deaths, Suicides and Violent Crime: An Updated Review of the Literature with Special Reference to the Canadian Situation," Federal Department of Justice, 2015-JAN-07, at: https://www.justice.gc.ca/
- "Gun Show Loophole FAQ," The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, as on 2018-DEC-15, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/
- "Dems to Push Gun Control on Anniversary of Giffords Shooting," Associated Press, Snopes, 2019-JAN-04, at: https://www.snopes.com/
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Original posting: 2018-JUL-23
Latest update : 2019-JAN-05