Guns Are A Point Of Pride For Many Americans

“It’s going to happen again. There will be another mass shooting in America.”

It’s tragic to even write about it, what more experiencing a tragedy related to guns. America has a deep and enduring connection to guns. Guns are a point of pride for many Americans, whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners relate its need to freedom. However, the results of gun-related violence have shaken the nation badly. Some say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars.

Six and seven year olds were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children, six Teachers, and himself in 2012. Since then, there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings. Recent reporting is the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people.


President Donald Trump’s administration decision to ban bump stocks, (i.e. devices that effectively let semiautomatic weapons mimic machine guns) after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting will only lead to a small change to America’s weak gun laws.
Note: The gunman in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting did not even use a bump stock!


It has way more gun deaths than other developed nations, and it has far higher levels of gun ownership than any other country in the world. According to CNN, “The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds 31% of global mass shooters.” America has the highest number of privately owned guns in the world whilst the world’s second-ranked country is Yemen, a quasi-failed state torn by civil war.

No doubt guns are not the only contributor to violence. Other factors like poverty, urbanization, alcohol consumption, violence in video games and movies, breakdown of the traditional family and mental health are also contributing factors. But America’s high levels of gun ownership are a major reason the US is so much worse in terms of gun violence than its developed peers.


A 2016 review of 130 studies in 10 countries, published in Epidemiologic Reviews, found that new legal restrictions on owning and purchasing guns tended to be followed by a drop-in gun violence — a strong indicator that restricting access to firearms can save lives.

Consider Australia’s example:
In 1996, a 28-year-old man walked into a cafe in Port Arthur, Australia, ate lunch, pulled a semiautomatic rifle out of his bag, and opened fire on the crowd, killing 35 people and wounding 23 more.

Australian lawmakers responded with legislation that, among other provisions, it banned certain types of firearms, such as automatic and semiautomatic rifles and shotguns. They confiscated 650,000 of these guns through a mandatory buyback program, in which it purchased firearms from gun owners. It established a registry of all guns owned in the country and required a permit for all new firearm purchases.

Australia’s firearm homicide rate dropped by about 42 % in the seven years after the law passed, and its firearm suicide rate fell by 57 %, according to a review of the evidence by Harvard researchers.

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