Gun Violence in America
April 1, 2013
With our country owning over 310 million guns, killing more than 31,000 people a year; the attitude of our culture and society that violence solves problems and the glorification of this attitude needs to change or gun deaths will only increase. Simply banning certain types of guns while seemingly prudent and justifiable is not enough or is it. How we think and act is more important in this issue than just taking guns away. If our attitudes do not change people will still find a way to commit violent acts whether with a gun or some other weapon.
Every year in this country over 100,000 people are shot, that averages out to about 289 people a day. Eighty-six people a day die as a result of guns, with 30 of them murdered, 53 killing themselves, 2 accidental deaths and one death as a result of police intervention. Over a ten year span, from 2000 to 2010 335,609 people died from guns. To put that into perspective that is more than the population of St. Louis, MO. (318,069), Pittsburgh, PA. (307,484) and Orlando, Fla. (243,195) (nbcnews.com, 2013). If that is not bad enough in 2010 over 82 children under the age of five were killed by firearms which is more than the 58 police officers killed in the line of duty during the same year. More children (15,576) were injured by firearms in that same year than the total number of U.S. servicemen (5,247) wounded in the Afghanistan war the same year (nbcnews.com, 2013). These are staggering numbers and it would seem to any reasonable person that this country has a serious problem with gun violence. Gun violence also affects more than just the individual victims. In some areas where it is prevalent, even just the threat of gun violence can devalue the whole neighborhood. While...