Policy Analysis on the Maryland Against Handgun Abuse Program
Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse (MAHA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to the prevention and education of handgun violence. According to the FBI Uniform Crime report over 65.2% of crimes committed in 1999 involved a firearm. Approximately 10,096 people were murdered this year by a firearm. The MAHA says, " Guns have no boundaries of sex, race, or geography." The plan of action for the MAHA is to reach the community, devise legislative plans, educate youth, and help to incorporate awareness programs into school's curriculum.
In the comprehensive legislative plan some of the issues that the MAHA wants to manage are: Requiring licensing before the purchase of a handgun, in-depth background checks including finger printing, banning all assault weapons, Prohibiting spousal and child abuse offenders from purchasing handguns, establishing civil liability for sellers of handguns to unlicensed individuals. The community outreach plan serves as a clearinghouse for information about gun violence. This outreach also includes speakers who are available to talk to the public. The Youth advisory council is a council where students can become advocates for gun violence prevention. Another plan of action for this policy is to incorporate the NRA's Star Curriculum program into schools in Maryland.
The first program developed to deal with the issue of guns was the National Rifle Association (NRA). This program was developed in 1871. The NRA still today is the leader in firearms education. Some of its programs are: NRA Police Firearms Instructor Certification Program, Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program, and The Refuse to be a Victim Program. The NRA stands to protect gun rights while providing education at the same time. For the NRA to be more successful in their endeavors they need more political clout. The program has been criticized in the past due to its stance on defending the second amendment. Supporters of the NRA usually include gun owners, while people affected by gun violence, the anti-gun lobby, and the news and the media tend to oppose the NRA. Throughout its history the NRA has remained committed to defending the second amendment of the constitution. The NRA's programs have been effective in educating people on firearms safety.
The problem defined by the MAHA and other organizations fighting similar causes, is the abuse of guns in our society. The efforts of the MAHA are to effectively manage guns to reduce the number of crimes reported each year. According to the MAHA's website, more than 1,400 people are accidentally shot and killed each year. The MAHA says, "if guns made us safer, we'd be the most safest nation in the world with more than 211 million...