Ways to Prevent and to Defeat Open Carry in the US

Carrying of firearms openly was either prohibited or regulated strongly by states. However, the past three decades have seen state laws governing the practice change drastically. Some have even gone ahead to weaken the regulations. Although a permit is required for concealed carry in public space, there exists close to no law restricting open carry. Daily conflicts may turn into gruesome scenes with the presence of guns in public life. Federal law does not address the carrying of firearms in public since it only governs the use of its property. Is it not ironical then that toy guns and air guns are restricted and not real/operable firearms?

Below are possible ways we believe are useful in preventing open carry and can eventually lead to defeating the vice in the US.

  • Making Gun Purchase Rigorous

If we buy the idea that was used to combat auto accidents in the prevention of open carry, then we stand a chance to defeat its practice. Legislators can pass laws that make acquiring a firearm rigorous and effective. In the US only seven states require a permit to have one carry a gun openly in public, what do the others do?

It is easier to acquire a gun in America-this is a point of strength which if well used can bear fruits and have injuries and deaths resulting from firearms reduce. Increase the eligible age to have a gun from 18 years to 21 years. To the age limit add that one should have a license showing they have training on the use of firearms. This would help a lot in reducing the number of guns with civilians.

  • Smart Guns

Nowadays almost every gadget that is private has some lock requiring biometric identification. This could be applied to guns too. Requiring a permit for one to use a weapon is not enough. Most deaths from gun shooting are unintentional. Requiring biometric identification will surely not reduce the number of mass shootings but will reduce suicides and homicides. Also, biometric identification will lead to authorities easily finding whose gun was used to do what.

  • Gun Violence Restraining Order

Laws are respected and in particular when they address a significant problem, in a civilized society. A bill that requires regular checking of all those who sell private guns locally would help curb the menace of open carry. It would also assist in understanding the age interested more in possessing firearms. Checking will also mean that the sellers will have an updated list of those who have bought guns from their stores. This will reduce the number of family-related deaths resulting from firearms.

Gun restraining orders would solve the issue. This regulation would limit the number of guns a dealer sells in a day, a week, one month or even a year. Another interesting side of this order is fixing a limit on the number of gun violence whose surpassing will lead to all guns being confiscated by the state.

  • End Immunity of Gun Manufacturers

Gun manufacturers, as well as sellers, are legally protected from crimes leveled against them by civilians who are in most cases victims of gun violence.

Increased gun crimes, suicides, and homicides mean that they have not put into place measures to reduce misuse of guns. If we held them liable for increased mass shooting and various crimes involving their products, they would have the incentive to make use guns safer and restrict the number of weapons out there in shaky hands.

According to open carry advocates, criminals rarely carry firearms openly. It is true, but again it is the innocent civilians who suffer. Most of the citizens who practice open carry do it to protect themselves from invasions. However, people in congested public places feel insecure with a loaded firearm within the vicinity.

 

 

 

Attacks Related to Primary Schools in the US

The history that Americans have with firearms is deep. Some take pride while others fear the deadly weapon. Forty percent of Americans have either used a gun or live in a household with a gun(s). According to the Pew Research Center research report, 2017, at least two-thirds of American adults grew in a home with a firearm while 7%, inclusive of 55% who have not owned a gun personally, I have ever fired a gun at some point.

Gun use is complex in America such that it has led to widespread killings. We look at the attacks by guns dating back as far as 1856 which has involved primary schools in the US.

  • August 6, 1856

In Florence Alabama, a headmaster killed a student by strangulation. The reason was that the boy had killed the head teacher’s pet, Sparrow. The slain boy’s father went to school and shot dead the headmaster.

  • 6th February 1864

In Ashland County, Ohio, at Pyfer’s School House, George Longfelt the school teacher shot Alfred Desem, a student and fled.

  • April 12, 1887

In Watertown, New York, a student at Potsdam Normal School shot himself in the head when committing suicide.

  • 1891, April 9

70-year-old James Foster fired a shotgun at a group of students in the playground of St Mary’s Parochial School, Newburgh New York. Several students sustained minor injuries.

  • February 12, 1909

San Francisco, California; Dorothy Malakanoff, was shot and killed by 49-year-old Demetri Tereaschiko, as she arrived at her school.

  • February 15, 1934

Downey, California; Dr. Blythe shot and killed his wife Eleanor, as well as his son, 8-year-old Robert, at Gallatin grammar school before committing suicide.

  • 23rd February 1943

Port Chester, New York; Harry Wyman 13-year-old shot himself dead at Harvey’s boy’s preparatory school.

  • November 27, 1951

New York City; David Brooks, 15-year-old, was fatally shot as fellow pupils looked on.

  • September 26, 1988

Greenwood, South Carolina; in Oakland Elementary School’s cafeteria, 19-year-old James William Jr., shot to death Shequilla Bradley and wounded eight other children with a gun. He was attacked by Kat Finkbeiner, a P.E teacher while reloading the pistol in the girls’ restroom. James shot Kat in hand and mouth. He finally entered the 3rd-grade classroom and wounded six more pupils.

  • January 17, 1989

In Cleveland School Massacre, five school children were killed while 29 were injured by a single gunman firing over 100 bullets into the schoolyard using an AK-47.

  • May 3, 1999

One Mr. Steven Allen Abrams purposefully drove to the playground of South Coast Early Childhood Learning Center. He killed two children, injuring four other children and an adult. Allen later stated that he thought the deaths of the children would silence the voices that he thought the US government was beaming into his brain.

  • September 5, 2000

Bidwell, Ohio; Frank Shoemaker shot dead, 52-year-old Linda Shoemaker, his estranged wife. Frank killed her in the parking lot of Bidwell Porter Elementary School where she was a cook. He then returned home and committed suicide.

  • October 2, 2006

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Charles Carl Roberts, a milk-tank truck driver, took ten girls hostages from Amish School and eventually shot them. He killed five (aged 7-13), before killing himself.

  • October 8, 2010

Carlsbad, California; 41-year-old Brendan Liam O’Rourke, holding jack-o-lantern, stormed the campus at Kelly Elementary School, he shot and grazed the shoulders of two students, one 6-year-old and the other 7-year-old.

The list was not exhausted since we have covered only the notable incidents that either ended in deaths or several victims wounded. By joining hands, let’s say no to violence with guns. This is possible if we all support the controlled use of firearms!