The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student author.

In December, Congress renewed a ban in the department of gun safety. The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 was passed to continue the prohibition of creating plastic guns. It has been extended for another 10 years to help protect people. This act was created to make the manufacturing, import, selling, shipping, delivering, possession, transfer, or reception of a firearm not detectable by a walk-through metal detector illegal. This is due to the frequent occurrence of mass shootings in the country and trying to prevent them. Shootings such as Sandy Hook Elementary in December of 2012, Aurora, Colorado in July of 2012, and other shootings. I agree that this ban needed to be renewed to help prevent these shootings, but this act did not stop the previously mentioned shootings from occurring. A Bushmaster M4 Type Carbine and a Glock 20SF were used in the Sandy Hook shooting which are metal guns and wouldn’t be affected by this act.

Although the ban didn’t help the previously mentioned shootings, it can prevent future ones. This is the ultimate goal since the past cannot be changed but the future can be. Congress is trying to keep metal detectors effective when it comes to finding firearms on people. While this prohibition placed on firearms does help to keep people safer and helps to keep the Second Amendment guaranteed to the people, it doesn’t prevent the majority of shootings that could occur with metal guns.

This act is an attempt from Congress to make the country and the people of the country safer inside. Fully automatic firearms are already illegal as well as background checks being mandatory for anyone purchasing a gun. The next possible step could be to have periodic checks on gun purchasers and have a deeper background check to make sure the purchaser can handle a firearm.