What solutions do we need?
Effective solutions can be found at the center of a Venn diagram with three key components– constitutionality, political effectiveness, and popularity. Many policies only satisfy one or two of these conditions. But to be popular with voters, compliant with rights and liberties, and still be politically effective, a proposed policy solution should fall at the intersection of all three of these.
That’s exactly why a “one-size-fits-all” approach won’t work when it comes to the gun violence issue in America. Instead, we need a suite of solutions, equipped with different kinds of policy to address each different aspect of the problem.
Some argue that proposed gun laws should be put to the test through a variety of scenarios. The question we need to be asking about policies, could any particular gun policy have prevented this particular gun death?”
Policy solutions, like background checks and red flag laws, have been regarded as fairly successful throughout the years. Those may address some gun violence issues (like suicides) more than other situations.
It is also critical to regulate the extremist domestic movements that fuel much of the ideology behind gun violence. The white nationalist movement, for example, as well as established groups which spread antisemitism or racism are some of the root causes of gun violence.
Ensuring that public figures and lawmakers denounce these ideologies is critical to furthering the conversation around gun reforms.
Solutions can also take place not just at the federal policy level, enacting change on a state, local, community, and even individual level is critical as well. Seeing as the gun violence issue involves so many mental and community dynamics, it’s important to check in on the people around you.
The conversation around gun violence is going to require a series of talks and discussions with the people around us. Seeing all the different paradigms that people bring to this issue, it’s critical that we communicate those directly and avoid misinformation. Finally, when evaluating different policy solutions, it’s important to ask questions about what the implications of that solution might be– on rights or liberties, on effectiveness, and on community needs.