Kennedi Jackson | Staff Writer
Over the past months, there have been various mass shootings in the U.S. The country was outraged following the shooting in Las Vegas, when 58 people were murdered. Most recently, on Sunday November 5, a man opened fire at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 27. Democrats are now calling for stricter gun control laws in result of the massacres, in which loose gun regulations played a part.
According to CNN reporters, the Texas church shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley had a history of domestic violence, escaped from a mental hospital, and attempted to sneak guns onto an Air Force Base. Although mental health is a large issue concerning national security, the Democratic party is concerned that there are not enough regulations in place to prevent mental health from having a role in gun violence period.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed a bill that essentially made it easier for people to purchase firearms, including individuals with histories of mental illness. However, many democrats argue that President Trump’s actions have been hypocritical, with him making a statement which blamed the Texas shooting on mental health rather than a problem with gun laws.
Now, Democrats are attempting to take control of the situation by demanding stricter gun control laws. Statistics show that while around 80% of democrats are in favor of harsher regulations, only about 50% of republicans support it.
Along with democrats, some Hampton University students believe that stricter gun control laws should be put in place. Sophomore Denzel Little feels that there should be more precautions taken before someone is allowed to obtain a firearm.
“Background checks need to be extensive and required. There should either be limitations or no tolerance for someone with a mental health and a violent past to be able to purchase a gun. There should even be a program that people have to take before they can carry a weapon.”
Jailah Long, a freshman aviation major from Cincinnati believes gun control is something too serious to be taken so lightly by our politicians.
“Trump is blaming this on a disease, a condition people cannot sometimes control. Gun control is needed because it has continued to take innocent lives that should still be here today.”
Democrats continue to push for legislation such as the Background Completion Act and Obama’s Gun-check rule, hoping that change can be made to prevent future tragedies at the hands of wrongful gun violence.