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Gun Violence and Its Deadly Effects

Gun violence not slowing with average annual gun crimes committed at 491,930 per year

Roodgally Senatus

Last year, President Barack Obama told Tumblr CEO in a Q&A at the White House, “My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can just do unbelievable damage.”

Reportedly the average number of violent crimes committed with a gun every year in the last decade is 491,930.

President Obama has taken 25 executive actions to prevent gun violence. Meanwhile, zero common sense laws have been passed by Congress to prevent gun violence.

We’ve seen recent cases in the news of the 5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shooting his 2-year-old sister with a .22 caliber rifle he was given on his birthday, his mother stepped out for a few minutes when the 5 year-old shot his sister by accident.

The gun wasn’t purchased for that reason. It was purchased as a gift to their 5-year-old for his birthday, although it sounds a bit outlandish.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a public interest group, has previously reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that living in a home where guns are kept increased the risk of death by homicide by 40% to 170%.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

But it’s also fair to say that the Second Amendment has been playing a major role in gun violence in this country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of firearms in 2013.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence believes that smarter gun laws save lives, which is their motto. America experiences gun violence every day.

And a lot of us complain about it. But why is it so hard to take the necessary steps to end gun violence in America?

All too often, President Obama has had to stand before our nation and apologize to the families that have lost their loves ones in a mass shooting. Churches, schools, campuses, movie theaters, and the streets are no longer considered to be entirely safe.

Last week, one teenager was killed and another one was injured in an apparent gang-related attack near our campus. It’s time for this country to take the steps to end gun violence.

Gun prevention Photo by Chicago Now

Gun prevention Photo by Chicago Now

Category: Op Ed