28. Death by Guns in America


More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history.

Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed with a gun than people in other developed nations; with an estimated 300 million to 400 million civilian firearms, the U.S. is by far the most heavily armed nation per capita. 10.3 deaths per 100,000 In 2015 is the average of individuals killed with guns. From 2005-2015, 71 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. 301,797 were killed by gun violence during the same period. In 2015 at least 756 American children have been killed by gunfire. Domestic violence assault with firearms is 12 times more likely to result in death than those without them.

Individuals and organizations who are against most gun control laws will constantly spin that they need guns to protect themselves and their families. Not true – Having a gun in your home significantly increases your risk of death and that of your spouse and children. And it doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or what type or how many guns you own. If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide. Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in. For every one time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were 4 unintentional shootings, 7 criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides. You’d actually be more likely, statistically speaking, to shoot someone by accident than you are to shoot a home invader.

And what about the spin of the gun lobbies that claim where there is gun control regulation more individuals are killed by guns than where there are no such laws. Fact – the states with the highest rate per 100,000 gun deaths which are 1. Alaska, 2013 firearm death rate: 19.6 per 100,000. 2. Louisiana, 2013 firearm death rate: 19.1 per 100,000. 3. Mississippi, 2013 firearm death rate: 17.7 per 100,000. 4. Alabama, 2013 firearm death rate: 17.5 per 100,000. 5. Montana, 2013 firearm death rate: 16.8 per 100,000. All allow the purchase of handguns without a permit. While federal gun laws are uniform across the country, state regulations vary, offering laxer or more strict approaches to firearm use. Seven of the 10 states with the most firearm deaths in 2013 have enacted stand your ground laws. In keeping with a state’s culture and states with these laws also have laws that make it easier to possess firearms and buy ammunition.

Gun owners and their families are not more suicidal than non-gun-owners, research shows. Nor are they more likely to have a history of depression or other mental health problems. This is so if an individual does have a thought of taking his or her life the availability of a gun makes it more likely that the thought is acted on.

Assault weapons Include semi-automatic firearms with a detachable magazine and a pistol grip. In the wrong hands, their accuracy, reduced recoil, large magazine size and high rate of fire make these guns perfectly suited to inflict mass casualties in a short period of time. In Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado – perpetrators were armed with assault-style rifles. The NRA spins that the AR-15 is mostly for protection, and widely used in marksmanship competitions and formal training, and as well used for recreational shooting, also commonly used for hunting. The assault weapon used in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history was manufactured by Sig Sauer, according to law enforcement. Sig Sauer is an NRA corporate donor and sponsors the NRA News series “Defending Our America.” The weapon is sold in a semi-automatic version to civilians and also marketed to special forces with a selective-fire version.

The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) – officially, the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act – is a subsection of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, a United States federal law that included a prohibition on the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons, as well as certain ammunition magazines it defined as “large capacity.” This ten-year ban was passed by the U.S. Congress on September 13, 1994, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton the same day. The ban only applied to weapons manufactured after the date of the ban’s enactment, and it expired on September 13, 2004, in accordance with its sunset provision. During the decade of the ban, there were half as many casualties in mass shootings as the decade before, and a third as many casualties in mass shootings as the decade after.

Legislation to renew or replace the ban was proposed numerous times unsuccessfully. Efforts to pass a new federal assault weapons ban were made in December 2012 after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. On January 24, 2013, Senator Feinstein introduced S.150, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (AWB 2013). The bill was similar to the 1994 ban but differed in that it would not expire after 10 years. The GOP Congressional delegation from the State of Texas condemned the Feinstein’s bill, along with the NRA. On March 14, 2013, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a version of the bill along party lines. On April 17, 2013, AWB 2013 failed on a Senate vote of 40 to 60.

So where does all of the above leave America at this time in our history? The supporters of less gun control measures which are the NRA, gun manufacturers and the Far Right conservative bloc in America have stated many times that “guns don’t kill people do”. I myself agree with this statement mostly. The instrument of death and injury is the gun, however, it takes an individual to pull the trigger of the gun and kill or cause injury not only to the individual being shot but as well to his or her family and acquaintances. If this is so why make it easier for the individual to do the killing. A large percentage of NRA members would like to see more and better gun control measures.The American populace in general is I believes for sensible gun control measures yet little progress has been made recently in Washington concerning gun control. The killing goes on! Innocent people, many of them within their own homes as well as mass shootings happen much too often. ( A mass shooting is defined as a shooting where four or more individuals are shot.) When a mass shooting takes place within America the media will give the shooting much coverage for a short time. There will be much weeping and wringing of hands also a lot of praying. In a very short time business goes back to what it was before the shooting and nothing is done by Washington to alleviate the problem. This to me is pure hypocrisy.


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