My stance on gun violence and gun control reform is no secret, and after the shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton, I’m deeply saddened. I absolutely do not support our president and the awful things he says. I just don’t think it’s okay that a president can spew such racist remarks, promote hate, and be such a bully to individuals that he should be respecting. It’s not okay that this is the face of our country. Because as a result, people think that way of thinking is alright. And then they go and shoot up places that have a high diversity population, and post their white supremacy manifestos online. What’s happening in our country is upsetting, dis-heartening, and embarrassing, and is also a direct correlation to the racist person that we have in office.
*The above are my opinions. You do not have to agree with them. Regardless of race issues, guns continue to be a prominent and polarizing topic in the U.S. Below are some actual facts about guns in America.*
Guns in America are growing. The number of civilian owned firearms has grown from 170 million in 1990 to 265 million in 2015. Gun-control legislation can help keep everyone safe, as stricter gun-control laws reduce gun deaths – up to 9 times as less. Focus on the types of weapons available can also help, as the the average number of victims in high-capacity weapon shootings is roughly twice as high as shootings where other firearms were used.
More guns = more deaths from guns. Not only are the gun violence rates much higher in the U.S. than other countries, but the firearm suicide rate is also much hire. We have 8 times the amount of deaths than Canada, 13 times more than France, 20 times more than Australia and 40 times more than Germany.
More guns = more guns being obtained illegally. 40% of criminals with guns obtain them from a street or illegal source, 37% get them from a family or friend, and 11% from a pawnshop, gun show, or other retailer.
Opinions from gun owners vs. non-gun owners:
- 89% of both gun owners and non-gun owners support preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns.
- 82% of gun owners and 84% of non-gun owners support preventing gun purchasing from people on no-fly or watch lists.
- 77% of gun owners and 87% of non-gun owners support requiring background checks for private gun sales and at gun shows.
- 54% of gun owners and 80% of non-gun owners support creating a federal database to track all gun sales.
- 48% of gun owners and 77% of non-gun owners support banning assault-style weapons.
This information was published in TIME Magazine on November 5th, 2018, and is still extremely relevant today, almost one year later.
“This is America. Guns in my area.” – Childish Gambino, 2018
To help support the families of the victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings, donations can be made to the El Paso Community Foundation, Paso Del Norte Foundation, or the Dayton Foundation. (Click here for more information.)
Thanks for reading.
Source: Guns In America: A TIME and JR Project, TIME Magazine.