Gun control has been the subject of much back and forth within the past decade. Many believe that guns are the problem and the solution is to restrict those who can buy them. Others are on the complete other side of the spectrum and believe that people are the problem and the solution is that more people have guns to stay safe. However, the main thing thing that both sides agree on is that gun violence is an issue that must be solved.
Those who argue for Gun Control often point to Australia, a country that due their harsh crackdown on guns, has nearly no gun violence. However, the author of this article argues that we have out own island we can look to, Hawaii. The author begins by talking about Hawaii’s specific laws that they have put in place to restrict those who can receive guns and how well it has worked. These laws include background checks, waiting periods, elaborate registration guidelines, and strict limits on concealed-carry permits combine to seriously vet prospective gun owners, and limit impulse and illegal purchases.
As previously stated, quite a few Americans are on the opposite side of this argument. They believe that more guns are the solution. However, the author debunks this too saying that Hawaii is the perfect experiment because of it’s controlled setting. It is an island that does not have to deal with the extenuating circumstances of the main land and therefore we can look to it for guidance. If it’s gun laws are effective, as they had already shown that they were, then we can most likely apply them to the whole country with the assurance that they will work.
That also raises the question that the fact that Hawaii is an island may also be the only reason that it’s laws worked. For reform of this type to work on the mainland, it would require a federal change that is easier said than done.