information we can see how one could gain insight into the impact of background

Information we can see how one could gain insight

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information, we can see how one could gain insight into the impact of background checks by looking at the effects of these kinds of laws. In a study conducted by Kleck and Patterson, they found that gun owner licensing laws and purchase permit laws may reduce homicide, but do not affect rates of rape, robbery, or aggravated assault. Meaning that these results suggest that background checks make an impact on preventing murders with guns (Kleck, 2012). When you hear about people conducting a violent crime with a gun, they are purchasing them from non-licensed dealers, meaning they do not have to undergo a background check. After seeing studies were done that show the benefits of conducting background checks, extending them to cover private transfers of guns is a smart move. By implementing these background checks and making sure to apply it to individual sellers, many people could be blocked from obtaining weapons which should not have access to them at all (Kleck, 2012). Analyzing background checks regarding cost, in 2009, the first year NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 funds became available. The law gave $187.5 million in grants; $2.5 million was appropriated to background checks. Under the Obama Administration, funding has significantly increased for conducting background checks but still has never 13
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Policy Brief: Reducing Gun Violence in America come close to the amount of money given by the bill. Funding got to its highest amount in the fiscal year of 2015’s budget at $78 million; it is now at $55 million in the President’s 2016 budget request. Since there is no rollover, funds not used within one year’s budget are no longer available (Yablon, 2016). If the government uses the funds allocated by this act, then the process of background checks will become more efficient and most likely make a difference in the access to guns. Since there is already some version of background checks in this country, this alternative is politically feasible; the government needs to make them a priority and use the money that Congress has set aside for them. VI. Recommendations and Conclusion According to what I wrote, I believe the best and most feasible alternative in today’s climate would be to start out with the most uncomplicated regulation, and that is conducting strict background checks and making sure every seller is complying. The implementation of background checks seems fair to those who do not want control on their guns at all and is a start for those who want stricter laws in place regarding firearms. The current background checks in place in the United States are fine, but I think they need to be more heavily enforced and well documented to prevent the weapons from falling into the wrong hands. The second best option would be to combine both the background checks with the mental illness screenings to gain two layers of protection in a sense to prevent gun sales to people who should not have them. The reason I offer the second option is that
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