Mass shootings have increased in the United States even as the debate over gun control continues to intensify while expanding the rift between Democrats and Republicans. On October 1st, 2017, the country experienced the most severe gun shooting in America’s history in recent times which occurred in Las Vegas in Nevada. A gunman, Stephen Craig Paddock aged 64, shot dead 58 people and injured 422 individuals. As a result of the shooting, the United States Congress supported the assault weapons legislation, which led to the banning of bump stocks (Berquist et al., 2018). Bump fire refers to the act of using the recoil of a semi-automatic weapon to fire in sustained rapid bursts. Bump stock are guns that allow for bump firing. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the decision in subsequent appeals, and the state of Massachusetts became the first to prohibit any transactions or possession of the device.
The government can implement a few changes concerning not only the bump stock guns but all firearms. Having fewer guns in circulation is likely to reduce the level of gun violence in the country. To achieve the target, Congress should pass legislation directing the federal government to purchase and monopolize the handgun manufacturing industry. The house may also advise the government to ban the importation of handguns, and initiate a gun buybacks strategy.
Social workers have a crucial role in the ban of bump stock guns and the entire gun control issue. Social workers should offer advice to the public on how to manage stress, especially to vulnerable individuals. They can also participate in public policy which can be achieved through civic engagement and helping society to participate in creating a safe community (Rodriguez, Ostrow, & Kemp, 2017). Social workers can also respond to domestic violence by updating the police about any individuals who pose a risk to the public.
Berquist, E., Cha, J., Harrison, J. S., Heady, K., Kennedy, L., Macllwiane, W., … & Werst, J. (2018). Sturm, Ruger & Co and the US Firearms Industry.
Rodriguez, M. Y., Ostrow, L., & Kemp, S. P. (2017). Scaling up social problems: Strategies for solving social work’s grand challenges. Research on Social Work Practice, 27(2), 139-149.
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