We cannot take gun death incidents lightly. Crime is inevitable in any society and gun deaths are bound to occur. But when we find a larger number of deaths occurring due to gun violence, we cannot treat these incidents as natural or unavoidable. When we see gun death statistics in newspapers everyday, our conscience is disturbed. We ask ourselves: Can we not bring down gun violence through better gun control?
Let us take a look at some gun control facts to understand the severity of the problem of gun control. You will be shocked to know that we have about 90 guns for every 100 people living in the United States. When the density of gun ownership is so high, is it not necessary that something is done to check this? People do not own guns for fun. The scenario of so many people being armed with guns is a pointer to the potential for great danger from gun crime.
People who have been advocating unrestricted gun ownership have been arguing that when people have guns, they can protect themselves from attacks by criminal elements and this in turn will result in decrease in crime. But gun crime statistics show that there is not only no evidence for this perverse logic but that the evidence supports the opposite viewpoint as well. Far from having a salutary effect on crime, gun ownership only contributes to increase in crime. As pointed out by many gun control articles based on several studies, the larger the number of guns in an area, the larger are the number of murders and suicides in that area. The fact that gun ownership encourages suicides is highly disturbing.
Countries that have implemented strict gun control laws have been able to reduce the incidence of gun death. Interestingly, gun death statistics from these countries show that stricter gun laws not only bring down the number of murders but also the number of suicides.
Notwithstanding such strong evidence showing that only tough gun control laws can bring down the incidence of gun death, organizations like the NRA (National Rifles Association) have been opposing any move towards tightening gun control laws. This attitude of the NRA leads us to the inference that the NRA is neither a club nor an association of sportsmen but is just a lobby. There cannot be any other explanation for the NRA not getting perturbed by gun death statistics.
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