Instagram—A New Marketplace For Gun Sales
Guns are being filtered by phones throughout the country. This is not a step toward universal background checks for gun sales, though, it’s quite the opposite. These guns are being photographed, filtered, and sold via Instagram.
When an area such as the District of Columbia is examined, this relative lack of regulation on Internet firearm sales would appeal to those who yearn to own a gun, yet do not have the proper documentation for legal purchasing/ownership. It is well-known following the DC v. Heller case that the District has some formidable laws regarding the buying and owning of firearms. However, with the power to obtain a firearm a few keystrokes away, what does this mean for the overall safety of those who reside in high crime areas?
Gallup reports that 91 percent of Americans want stricter gun legislation in respect to gun sales with universal background checks, but Congress has yet to answer this call to action from voters throughout the country. With Instagram enabling buyers and sellers to exchange guns at the click of a picture on their phone, gun trafficking has now officially moved into the era of the App. However, 91 percent of Americans agree that gun sales should not become a trending hashtag on Instagram.