Background Checks: A Priority for Gun Safety

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America has experienced several tragic gun crimes in the last couple of decades. Hence, the rise of gun control legislation. Wherever you stand on this controversial issue, most people agree that guns should only be sold to sane, responsible adults.

The Senate’s legislation debates  will heavily involve background checks for gun purchasers. The idea is to keep guns from potentially dangerous people, namely those with serious mental problems and criminals.

“I want to be clear,” Senator Harry Reid explained, “In order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks.”

Opponents of the legislation include the National Rifle Association (NRA), which claims that criminals can easily sidestep background checks. The checks also open a door for government files on gun owners (illegal under federal law).

Even if extensive background checks aren’t included in the gun bill, there is still a possibility of them being added through an amendment. Background checks are unquestionably an important part of a safe society. Where the money comes from to pay for them is another question.

What do you think? Should background checks be a necessary part of gun purchases?