All too often do news stories surface of a mass shooting here, a tragedy there, it’s become a familiar report. How can the United States, who cares about world peace arguably more than any other country solve the issue within their own nation? With an estimated 88.8 guns per 100 people in the country, how can they lower the number of mass shootings while allowing American’s the right to bear arms?
The argument has become a battle of the left vs the right. Should guns be outlawed all together, or should the second amendment yield the option to bear arms as it has for 300 years?
If you look at the data, the U.S. has the highest rate of firearm homicides among developed nations by a large margin. 3.21 firearm homicides per 100,000 people. The next closet number is 0.51 from our neighbors to the north in Canada.
Death rates are high, there’s no denying that. However, the data is inconclusive. States with stricter gun regulations – New York, New Jersey, Hawaii – have lower death rates… but what’s shocking is that about 60% of the death rates on those states are suicide. When you factor that stat in, it’s not as substantial. Let’s back that up for a second… What about a mental health assessment before acquiring a weapon? 60% is a staggering number that, frankly, should be talked about more.
Take Ben Shapiro’s argument for gun control. Calling for stricter regulations and more hoops to jump through when purchasing a weapon. Something along these lines would surely reduce weapons going into the hands of civilians unfit to be holding them. By the way, banning assault rifles wouldn’t move the needle whatsoever, the highest number of homicides by a rifle was in 2010 at 367 people.
According to the FBI’s data, homicides go down a few percent almost every year. As much as 4.98% in 2013, if you factor in that the sweeping majority of gun violence is gang related; the numbers don’t become as frightening.
All in all, there are plenty of options to reduce gun violence. The problem is in putting the pen to paper. Getting these through the legislation and enforced across the land. There is no feasible way to retract all 270 million guns in the country. The sooner that is faced the better, there are plenty of ways to reduce the violence and it starts with a putting a plan into action.