Mass shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have caused more talks about gun laws in Orlando, as well as other states in the US. There are proposals to alter the laws. In relation to this, Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau studied two ideas to change gun laws.
One of the ideas is to ease access to guns in hopes that armed bystanders can help in preventing a potential tragedy. The other one completely opposes the first as it proposes restriction in accessing guns. The second idea would apparently make it more difficult for people to close a deal with gun dealers.
Gun advocates believe that more guns mean a safer community. This would mean it may be easier for people who wish to own a gun to head to Utah gun shops any time and purchase their weapon. Those who wish for more guns argue that the solution to less gun violence is more guns and fewer restrictions as long as the person who wishes to own a gun is a law-abiding citizen.
Guns owners who are physically and mentally healthy can prevent potential shooters or intervene and stop them from doing more harm. “Here we go again. Another gun-free zone. Another place where a shooter can take lives and cause injury, and there’s nobody there armed to protect anybody or to stop the shooter,” said Marion Hammer, the NRA’s long-time Tallahassee lobbyist.
Those who believe they should exercise their Second Amendment rights claim that the Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale shooting are examples of why restrictions on permitted gun-owners are not helpful in preventing tragedy.
Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, said more laws would mean preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. “You’re never going to prevent crime from occurring because you’re just not going to know what a criminal is going to do the next day,” he said.
Meanwhile, advocate of gun control wants tougher laws. They believe that background checks should be required every time gun purchases take place. Researchers believe that as many as 22 percent of gun owners were able to purchase guns without doing a background check.
People who wish for tighter gun laws also wish to block people on terrorist watch lists from making a gun purchase. It is something that Democrats tried and failed to do after the Pulse massacre.
Moreover, lawmakers claim that they want stricter requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. Currently, permit holders have to be 21 years old. For you to be able to own a gun, you should also have passed a gun safety course and pay a $102 fee.
Activists in Florida cite states like Connecticut for inspiration. In the aforementioned states, the governor signed an assault weapons ban into law after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ultimately, gun control advocates claim that easier access to guns could cause more incidents of mass shootings. They believe that some guns, in the wrong hands, are designed to kill innocents.