In an attempt to analytically answer whether universal background checks would be effective in decreasing the amount of gun violence within the United States, Daniel Webster, a respectable public health professor and director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University answers a serious of misconceptions and questions about universal background checks in an article published by New Republic. Webster begins by establishing that within the past 10 years, gun violence rates have remained relatively steady, claiming about 31,000 lives each year. Of these deaths, about one third is due to homicide. He continues by clarifying why current federal gun control laws and their many loopholes are ineffective in keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Daniel Webster also explains why universal background checks would be extremely successful in lowering gun violence and repelling criminals from possessing illegal weapons. The article ends with Webster stressing that universal background checks are essential for the decreasing gun violence in America while still allowing law-abiding citizens to access and purchase firearms.
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