Let’s Talk About Mass Gun Violence in U.S.
October 1, 2017. June 12, 2016. April 16, 2007. December 14, 2012. October 16, 1991. July 19, 1984. August 1, 1966. August 20, 1986. December 2, 2015. November 5, 2009 – These are the dates of the top ten deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
Over the past few decades and all across the country, we have lived through and experienced some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. From motives driven by mental-health issues to terror and hate crimes, our country has become the poster child for gun violence.
In the past 5 years alone, our nation has seen over 17 deadly mass shootings. Most recently, a gunman attacked a crowd of over 22,000 citizens along the Las Vegas Strip, killing 59 and injuring over 420.
According to an article published by the Washington Post, a statistical analysis shows that from 131 mass shootings, over 941 victims have died from gun violence. The youngest of these victims was 8 months old and the oldest was 98 years old.
“We should be talking about universal background checks, limitations on magazine capacity, investing in a better mental health system and ultimately reaching sensible gun laws. We should be talking about limiting the power of the National Rifle Association (NRA.)”
These victims come from all walks of life; different races, different religions and different socioeconomic backgrounds. But they all met the same fate.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 11,686 deaths from gun violence in 2017. With each shooting, the headline remains the same: “The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.” How many more of these headlines will it take before we start talking about gun control?
After the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, there was hope that law-makers would finally push for a change in gun regulations. But 58 more people are dead today and hundreds injured, nearly 6 years after the Newtown shooting.
Stephen Paddock, the gunman responsible for the Las Vegas Strip massacre, had 23 firearms in his hotel room during the time of the shooting. Some of these firearms include an AR-15 type weapon, commonly used for hunting, and an AK-47 type rifle. Authorities located 19 other firearms in Paddock’s home.
The high quantity of firearms that Paddock owned is completely legal, according to the lax Nevada gun laws. The bulk of guns were obtained legally, yet should it be this simple to obtain a gun legally?
We should be talking about universal background checks, limitations on magazine capacity, investing in a better mental health system and ultimately reaching sensible gun laws. We should be talking about limiting the power of the National Rifle Association (NRA.)
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