In the online website, “Universal Background Checks” (Sandy Hook Promise 2023) I learned that Background checks protect against gun violence. Background checks are run before the sale of a firearm and prevent criminals from completing a purchase. In the absence of these regulations, the consequences could be heartbreaking. The authors of this source advocating background checks lost both of their children to a school shooter. This school shooter took many other lives because he wasn’t given a background check. Background checks take no more than a minute to run while funerals take weeks to plan…and years to mourn. 

Weapon dealers can’t just be selling guns to anyone out there. Some people have bad intentions or just aren’t all the way there and need additional support. Either way, it’s important to run a background check before a firearm sale rather than being sorry later. Imagine how broken these families feel because of such a horrible act that took the lives of their innocent children. It’s too easy to make our communities safer; by enforcing background checks, we can do just that. I believe we have the right to bear arms but not at the cost of our public safety. There should be a balance between individual rights and government authority.

As I continue to learn about Gun rights and Gun violence in America, I want to know more about the balance of rights and government authority.

What are your thoughts on background checks and gun violence in America?

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