The way that America has allowed mass shootings to continue without action is turning into a national security threat that needs to be met with new gun laws, believes Phillip Carter of Slate. Today, the same weapons of war that killed scores of people in Las Vegas, Orlando or San Bernadino are still available, with little or no new barriers to purchase them. The country would benefit from preventing potential terrorists and the mentally unstable from being able to buy guns. Rifles intended for the military shouldn’t be so easily accessible to Americans. The gun lobby has trampled on meaningful gun law reform for far too long.
Tougher firearm laws, besides being far harder to implement than it seems, are not the best way to go about lowering America’s gun deaths, assert the editors of National Review. Disarming the millions of gun owners that obey the law would be as useless as it would be unconstitutional. Killers like Omar Mateen or Adam Lanza were known to law enforcement agencies. Putting better systems in place to identify and deal with potential threats could go a long way. Arming schools may be one of the best measures to keep our children safe. America’s gun problem is far too complex to just suggest harsher gun laws.