Rising gun violence in the United States


Chip Vincent

Individuals walking in the street during a gun violence protest in Washington D.C. January 2021.

Gun violence in the U.S. has grown at a rapid rate. Around seventy-two percent of murders across the United States involve firearms.

The U.S. has more than 33,000 deaths per year; In 2017, there were 39,773 deaths due to guns. This is the highest rate it has been since 1986. Of these 39,773 deaths,14,542 were homicides. The United States has the highest percentage of gun ownership worldwide, with 30% of citizens owning AT LEAST one firearm. 

According to Pew Research, two-thirds of the majority own more than one firearm, and 29% own more than 5. Although the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, this gun violence has gotten out of proportion due to a lack of restrictions.

“I think it’s stupid because many have easy access to guns, and they can do all the bad they want. During the protest, schools, road rage, it is so easy for one just to pull out a firearm and cause chaos,” said Jessie Danielle. 

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden and other policymakers presented new conditions for gun access to try and minimize the rising of mass shootings and murder rates. United States civilians alone count for 393 million (about 46%) of the worldwide civilian total who own a firearm, Which Is the highest total and capital number globally.

In 2014 a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot her gun instructor to death during a lesson in how to fire a UZI in Arizona. It should not be permitted for a child of any age to reach any weapon. We must enforce background checks on every person who decides to buy a gun to make sure it is in the hands of someone who will use the weapon responsibly and not let any tragedy happen due to lack of thought.

Gun rights advocates and other extremists sometimes make every attempt to create logical regulations. 

“I think gun violence has become an unavoidable problem now. The laws surrounding it here in the USA allow anyone to buy a weapon without proper knowledge of them. School shootings just show that no background checks are being done either. When it comes to stuff like weapons, the U.S. should try being more mindful of the guns it’s allowing people to buy and the people who are buying the guns. Incidents shouldn’t be happening on a daily basis. It should all be more monitored so that gun violence can drop,” said Jose Velazquez. 

The more people that own guns, the more firearms deaths are provided around the country. In the recent past, it had primarily focused on allowing people to carry weapons in public and weather in allowing the possession of assault rifles for safety. Still, this focus has shifted to citizens using guns for other purposes, causing chaos.

It is important to speak up about these weak restrictions behind the gun laws to make a change for our future generations. Speaking about this topic can also concern others to understand the real-life consequences. Talking about this law can also bring many people together, and we can all share our opinions on how this must be handled differently. 

“They should be less restrictive because it further guarantees our second amendment right, and the laws should seek to punish and prevent misuse rather than restrict them entirely,” said Diego Altamirano.