President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama have become proactive in cracking down on gun violence. Sadly, the US Senate remained determined to defeat several gun safety bills, but at least some members of Congress – including the late Georgian John Lewis – staged a sit-in in the House several years ago. years to demand gun safety legislation.
Congressman Lewis also gave a speech that should have shamed the whole country to tackle gun violence. The United States Supreme Court recently refused to hear a challenge to the 2013 Connecticut law banning certain semi-automatic weapons. Some federal funding for gun safety research has resumed recently, but is still limited. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now resuming major funding for gun research.
Of these 109 daily gun deaths, there are an average of four victims per day who are under the age of 18. The overall gun fatality rate is 4.5 per hour, or one every 13 minutes. Either way and whatever the weather, we need to reduce those 109 daily gun deaths. Nationwide background checks requiring ‘smart’ weapons, regulating the distribution of firearms and banning armor-piercing bullets would be steps in the right direction, as would more research into the details of the impact of gun violence, but sooner or later we will need to eliminate almost all guns from our country.
Look at how many Americans die from guns compared to the rest of the world. According to the World Population Review, the annual gun death rate in the United States is 12 people per 100,000 population, five times that of France, 14 times that of Australia, 29 times that of the Netherlands. , 61 times that of the United Kingdom and 610 times that of Japan. In the United States, 39,800 people die from firearms each year, compared to 1,500 in France, 206 in Australia, 72 in the Netherlands, 126 in the United Kingdom and 23 in Japan
If you look at gun suicides, the death rate in the United States is five times that of France, 10 times that of Australia, 30 times that of the Netherlands and 46 times that of that of the United Kingdom. Japan has virtually no gun suicides.
All of these countries have much stricter gun laws than the United States. Australia has seen a marked drop in gun murders and suicides since the passage of stricter gun laws that require almost all firearms to be registered by their owners.
Bringing a gun into a house to protect your family – or to be used as a gift – is more like bringing a time bomb. A supposedly normal person who owns a gun is much more likely to commit suicide or kill a loved one than to kill a criminal. As a 2013 Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health study and a 2020 study published in Current Opinion in Pediatrics Journal showed, with laws that result in fewer guns in our homes come with ‘a dramatic decrease in suicides and homicides with firearms, and fewer murders of civilians by police.
Although gun safety legislation is under review nationally and in some states, little progress has been made, and some states are weakening their gun safety laws. Recent studies in peer-reviewed medical journals have clearly shown that states with the strictest gun control laws have indeed had significantly fewer gun deaths than those with less stringent laws. .
As Congressman Lewis asked his colleagues in his 2017 speech, “How many more must die? But there is no number, is there? There is no amount of blood, pain, death or suffering that would cause this Congress to act. We have moments of silence and vigil. We offer our thoughts and prayers, but it’s just a show, a placeholder until people forget.