Members of Congress are slinking out of Washington, D.C., for a two-month summer break without bothering to tighten access to guns or implement any gun control measures.
Gun policies are at the forefront of people's minds throughout the United States, with some people saying everyone should have the right to own a gun while others want restrictions on gun access. Stricter background checks would also help ensure mentally ill people and those with psychological problems or a criminal record to not gain access to firearms.
In 2012, 27 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook shooting. The Connecticut legislation banned the sale of gun magazines that had a capacity of more than 10 rounds. Even though the Congress added a few firearms to the state’s list of banned assault weapons, nothing substantial was done to stop the purchase of other arms.
The Aurora, Colorado, shooting happened the same year and left 12 people dead and dozens injured. Once again, no significant changes were made in gun control laws except for the fact that Republicans put forth a dozen bills to chip away at the new gun measures. A bill for an expansion of mental health services was signed, but the need of the time is gun control, not counseling services and rehab facilities.
In 2015, after the San Bernardino, California, attacks, the Senate rejected a measure to expand background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows and an amendment to prevent individuals on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms was denied.
The latest incident took place just recently, when 49 people were gunned down at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Unfortunately, the Senate once again rejected four measures restricting gun sales after the massacre.
The U.S. has a serious gun problem and it is past time for sensible regulations and laws determining who is allowed to own a gun are passed. Hundreds of thousands of families have lost one or more of their loved ones in the process, and needless to say, something must be done about the problem before it gets even more out of hand.