In February, a teen shooter with a rifle caused mayhem at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in Parkland in what has been regarded as one of the worst mass killings by guns in recent times, leaving 17 dead bodies behind.
This month, the incidence has aroused a hot argument concerning the law that governs firearm possessions and heavily powered magazines. At the moment, there are no strong legislative guidelines controlling the use of guns from the government at the center, but a certain town is making fast decisions on its own without waiting for anyone again.
The town is located in Deerfield, Illinois. Last Monday, the community people organized a poll where they voted in order to influence the total prohibition of trading, ownership and the production of firearms and heavily powered magazines, so as to enhance the security of lives of the general public which will make them feel safe.
Furthermore, if there is somebody or group of people whose weapons have been prohibited, yet such people refuse to surrender them to the government, they must pay a daily fine of $1,000 every single day, except they give the weapon to the appropriate authorities or such firearms are taken away from Deerfield’s reach.
According to the tenet composed by the town, the production, commercialization, and ownership of killer weapons within the territory of Deerfield village will not be considered as a reasonable necessity just to secure one’s life or claim rights to self-defense.
The date for the decision to take effect has been set for 13th June, when prohibited killer weapons found in the town of Deerfield which consist of semi-automatic rifles that has a hooked magazine and the power to house over 10 slots of munition, shotguns that have cylinders that rotate, and transformation packs where killer firearms can easily be set up. Meanwhile, there are other forms and categories of weapons that are prohibited.
How can laws take its full course?
However, some firearms are excluded from the proposed ban, and these are antique handguns which are already certified as unusable for life, and weapons produced for sports purposes like the Olympic guns used to target subjects during shooting activities, also are policemen who have retired.
Shortly after the harmonious vote for weapon banning was announced, the Mayor of Deerfield, Harriet Rosenthal explained while addressing the journalists that the people of the town hope to influence the American through its domestic decisions by motivating the government at the state level and Federal level to do things quick to foster the safety of the American communities.
About five years ago, the close-by residence called ‘Highland Park’ also took the same step and proposed a related ban, but it was then debated and termed illegal when a resident at the city tackled the idea, getting the support of the Illinois State Rifle Association which also agreed to its illegitimacy. Surprisingly, the principle was sustained when it got to court.
The question that people are asking now is that, what are the effects of the laws being made at the state level on gun possessions on the loss of lives through shootings?
This question can best be answered through this statistics. A recently conducted research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that we had over 36,250 casualties through shootings in the year 2015 in America, and this report said that more deaths by guns were recorded than deaths through car accidents.
Although mass murder through shootings has the tendency to attract massive attention from the media more than other cases, it was said that an average of close to 100 individuals is killed daily in the US through gun battles, part of which are crashes, self-murder, domestic violence, and domestic crime-related happenings.