Gun violence in the United States is appearing to become a focal point of debate among political ideologues, and that’s understandable. Of course this was brought to light with the Sandy Hook shooting, but with each day that’s passed, at least two other children have been either severely injured or killed by guns. It should also be noted that at least one child is in media reports for killing with a gun as well. The apparent rise in gun deaths and injuries is enough to drive plenty of Americans to support stricter gun control laws.
A child in Harrison, Tennessee, was shot on Thursday night, but the details surrounding the incident are not yet known. Two-year-old Brennan Nowell passed away this morning due to the injuries he sustained in the shooting.
In Maryland, a 25-year-old man was fatally shot while he was holding his two-year-old son in his lap. The child sustained a gunshot wound to the arm. In Jacksonville, a four-year-old boy was shot in the head in a shooting that is described as a “random” attack on a home. These are just a few of the many incidents in the news involving child victims of gun violence.
It’s already been well reported about the 11-year-old child who brought a gun to school in Utah after the Newtown shootings. It’s been said that his parents may have encouraged this behavior, which is disturbing. He threatened the life of another child in the school and could have very well created another incident like what happened in Connecticut. A 14-year-old boy allegedly murdered a 47-year-old woman in Reno this week using a firearm, adding further to the deaths inflicted by guns in this country.
In the U.S. it’s been shown that over half of all suicides are committed with a firearm. In 2011, a staggering 15,953 people were victims of firearm-related homicide. What’s more, the CDC reports over 850 deaths associated with accidental discharging of firearms in the same year. More than 60,000 people in the United States have been injured by firearms between 2010 and 2011 alone. These statistics can go on, and on, and on, but what it all boils down to is that there is a very present problem in the United States concerning gun availability and the high level of crimes committed with guns.
Does that mean guns should be “banned” or “taken away”? No, but if firearms were regulated in the same way vehicles and driving are, there would probably be a visible change in the quality of life in this country.
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