Citizens and government leaders alike have shown support for restricting access to assault weapons and raising the age at which one must be before they may purchase a firearm.
Calls for more stringent regulations on the purchase and possession of weapons have been heard around the country in the wake of a series of horrible mass shootings. On the other hand, some experts believe that tightening gun regulations will have a minimal to nonexistent impact on violent crime and similar incidents.
When the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott, was asked if there is scientific proof that measures to restrict access to firearms may reduce violent crimes, he responded, “Not much.” “Several studies have been done on topics like restrictions on the possession of assault weapons and mandatory background checks. Even the administration of Clinton, who was responsible for signing a bill banning assault weapons, provided funding for research into the issue. Even their research concluded that there were no positive effects in terms of preventing a particular kind of violent crime or a widespread public shooting.”
Following the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers a month ago, President Biden called for “commonsense” gun control and stated that the Second Amendment is “not absolute.”
“It’s time to make owning assault weapons and magazines with a large number of rounds illegal. Furthermore, if assault weapons cannot be banned, we must raise the purchasing age from 18 to 21, strengthen background checks, enact safe storage and red flag laws, repeal immunity that shields gun manufacturers from liability, and address the mental health crisis that exacerbates the trauma caused by gun violence. All of these measures, in addition to prohibiting assault weapons, must be done.” Biden made this public announcement on June 2nd.