News ID: 18427
Publish Date: 08 November 2015 - 15:02
LHV special report
LHVnews: This week we have an interview with John Ubele, a U.S. political commentator living in Tampa, Florida. John Ubele monitors political issues nationally and internationally. Today we discuss with him the current U.S. Guns Law.

LHV: What are the gun laws in the United States? Why were these laws enacted?
JU: The gun laws in the U.S. are a pretty complex subject to explain. In a nutshell, law abiding citizens here are given a right to own firearms. This right is guaranteed in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.Regardless of where a person lives in the United States they can own a gun. Each of the 50 states have other laws which regulate gun rights, especially when it comes to a person carrying a gun. Some states have open carry laws which allow a citizen to walk around with a gun strapped to their hip, or a rifle slung over their shoulder. Other states have laws which allow for concealed carry. An example of this would be an individual having a gun in their pocket or in a holster on their ankle under their pant leg.
We are told here by the government and by the education system that the gun laws were enacted to empower citizens to protect themselves, their families and their property. We are also told that the "founding fathers" wanted citizens to own firearms in the event of the government becoming too powerful. For example, citizens would have guns to protect themselves from the federal government sending the ATF to their home to take their firearms from them.
Over the last few decades the government has done a lot to try andlimit gun ownership, by making it more difficult to obtain firearms. The vast majority of people who try to obtain guns legally aren't criminals. It is the criminals who are able to obtain guns illegally. Every year a number law abiding firearm owners and retailers are robbed or burglarized of their guns. These guns are then sold on the streets to criminals. These criminals then take the guns and commit more crimes with them. Of course there are also gun smugglers who bring guns illegally into the country which also end up in the hands of criminals.

LHV: Guns have claimed so many lives in the United States. Why doesn’t the U.S. government try to change or reform the gun laws?

JU: The federal government has done a lot to change the gun laws. Every few years or so new federal laws are created which makes it more difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain firearms. At the state level, especially in California it's difficult to purchase rifles with higher capacity magazines. Also most of the states that do issue concealed carry licenses have increased their fees for them. Usually these licenses have to renewed every few years.

LHV: Do you think Americans are naturally violent people or is it that their culture and environment influences them to be that way?

JU: I don't believe it's natural or genetic. I believe it's an environmental problem, which has been greatly exacerbated by the entertainment industry. The industry produces and promotes films and shows about guns and violence. Americans generally are easily influenced by the entertainment industry. In many ways the entertainment industry has taken the place of organized religion here. Most Americans when asked would deny this, but I believe this to be the truth.

When films or programs come out which promote violence, people are influenced by them. Some people would refer to this as propaganda. Many films and TV shows promote violence and lawlessness. Some even glorify it. One TV show in particular which sticks out in my mind is "Law and Order". The original series ran for about 20 years.

There have also been spinoff shows from the original series. Most of the shows are about people being murdered in various ways; such as being shot, stabbed, poisoned, thrown off buildings, etc. The "Law and Order" shows are very popular here.

I don't have a degree in psychology, but I do know that if you hit someone with an idea enough times, they'll start to be influenced by it. If a person watches enough shows about people being murdered, I believe they’ll be more likely to commit murder.

LHV: thank you very much.

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