Guns in America

I’m too familiar with firearms and the unspeakable damage they can do to the human body. For the better part of thirteen years, I was in Vietnam during the war, much of that time spent on the battlefield. I saw closeup how the human body can be destroyed by gunfire.

In the U.S., we have a plurality of the guns in the world, and our deaths by gunfire is proportionally the highest among the advanced countries of the world.

According to Amnesty International, “A staggering number of people are killed with guns in the United States every year. More than 30,000 men, women, and children are killed with guns each year in the United States.

“Among high-income countries, the United States accounts for 80 percent of all gun deaths in the world, 86 percent of all women killed by guns, and 87 percent of all children younger than 14 who are killed by guns.

“Fueling this epidemic, laws on guns in the United States are inconsistent and weak – and federal, state, and local governments are not meeting their obligation under international law to protect people’s safety.”

What about gun ownership? According to Wikipdedia, “In 2018, Small Arms Survey reported that there are over one billion small arms distributed globally, of which 857 million (about 85 percent) are in civilian hands. U.S. civilians alone account for 393 million (about 46 percent) of the worldwide total of civilian held firearms. This amounts to ‘120.5 firearms for every 100 residents.’”

Americans, we have a gun problem. Some 30,000-plus of our people are killed every year by guns. Isn’t it time we did something about it?

More tomorrow.

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