New gun law demands respect for safety's sake

April 12, 2016


As stated on the front page, open carry will be in effect at El Paso Community College starting next year.


Now, I know most of you may think you know what can happen but I do not think you really do understand what is capable of happening.


First off, if a student gets a bad grade they will not be able to hold a gun to an instructors head and demand he change it.


If you know how hard it is to obtain a license to carry, you know that not just anyone can have one.


You must have a background check and go through gun safety classes and do a psych evaluation before receiving a license.


Not just anyone can buy a gun. Don’t get me wrong, there are loop holes to buying a gun.


One that I know of is you can buy a gun at an antique gun show without a license.


Under federal law, private-party sellers are not required, nor are they permitted to perform background checks on buyers.


Although, the Federal Firearms License (FFL) has certain states that require background checks.


The following states require a background check for all firearms: California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia New York Oregon Rhode Island Washington.


The states that require firearms with a state issued permit are: Hawaii Illinois Massachusetts New Jersey.


When it comes to only Handguns that require background checks, the following states are: Maryland Pennsylvania.


The states that require residents to have a state-issued permit are:  Iowa Michigan Nebraska North Carolina.


As you can imagine, all this gun control talk started after the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999.


Gun shows and background checks became a point of attention for national debate in the United States.


Weeks after the Columbine shooting, Frank Lautenberg, previously a United States Senator from New Jersey and a member of the Democratic Party, introduced a proposal to close the gun show loophole in federal law.


It was passed in the Senate, but did not pass in the House.


Another event that brought this topic to discussion was the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007.


It brought up the gun show loophole to the forefront of U.S. politics, even though the shooter passed a background check and purchased his weapons legally at a Virginia gun shop via a Wisconsin-based Internet dealer.


Anything and everything can happen in this world, I think we can only protect ourselves personally.


You cannot always be constantly worrying if every single person alive in America is following the law.


I am sure it could be exhausting. If everyone only worried about themselves and their family obeying the law and not doing anything crazy, the country could be a better, safer place.


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