Last updated on February 11th, 2019
The heated debate to strict the gun laws is once again catching the pace after the US House of Representatives initiated a move to stiff the regulations on Wednesday. The hearing was a first of its kind in years, despite the facts showcasing that the gun violence claimed nearly 40,000 American lives in 2017.
The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee came forward and called for a bipartisan bill using the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. The act if implemented would require background checks for all firearm sales and most firearm transfers.
“Despite the obvious need to address the source of gun violence, Congress, for too long, has done virtually nothing. But now, we begin a new chapter,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat.
Need for a law to strict the gun controls were required from a very long period of time but was largely ignored by the Republicans. However, after the Democrats won the elections in November, the case began making its presence felt. The result of the November elections was also largely influenced by people getting frustrated with the Republican’s turning a blind eye to the issue.
Wednesday’s hearing came a week after the first anniversary of the brutal shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The incident claimed 17 lives, including both staff and the students, resulting in the launch of a national youth movement, which refueled the debate over gun rights.
The right to keep the arms in the US is safeguarded by the Second Amend of the constitution. However, massacre caused by the mass shootings argues why the government hasn’t yet done anything about it.
On Wednesday, witnesses at the hearing also called on the legislation to resolve the problem of gun trafficking between states, ban against assault rifles, abrogate a federal law that protects the gun industry from lawsuits, and increase funds directed for federal officials charged with policing the flow of firearms across the nation.
Contrarily, Republicans who defend people bearing arms warned that new legislation could direct to a national gun registry. They further claimed that background checks would not protect people from gun crime.
“The greatest cruelty in the world is to tell people you will help in their situation with legislation and then try to pass off legislation that would do nothing,” said Representative Doug Collins, the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican. “In legal terms, that’s called fraud, “he added.
The debate is still far from settled, but it is the first step in the right direction after 8 years of ignorance faced by the Americans during the Republican’s reign in the House.