America's battle with guns mapped out in 6 revealing charts
Will the horrific event in Las Vegas finally bring about change in gun control laws in the country?
Sunday night's mass shooting by 64-year-old Stephen Maddock that saw 59 people killed and a further 527 injured brought up an age-old debate for the Americans: should the gun-control laws in the country be stricter? One can't help but wonder if there was some semblance of control on who is allowed to purchase assault weaponry and firearms, that such a gruesome event could possibly not have taken place. As satirical website The Onion put it sarcastically and devastatingly, "No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens."
The National Rifle Association (NRA), the primary gun rights advocate in the USA, has constantly warned against stricter gun control laws and background checks of people buying weapons, and spends millions of dollars lobbying politicians each year to ensure so; to put into perspective how much influence the NRA exerts on the government, take into consideration the fact that they actually have more funding and power than the CDC.
During Barack Obama's presidency, they constantly warned against using mass shootings as a justification for stricter gun control, but with a Republican president and Republican controlled house and senate, we can't help but wonder what will come to be if such a resolution is touted.
Donald Trump's presidency has actually been very friendly to the NRA and we can only wait and see what the next move is. However, it's important to keep our hopes in check; the past has seen many mass shootings and none have led to successful gun reform being passed and it's sad that even a disaster of this scale probably won't be enough for there to be changed.
The gun statistics of the US make for an alarming read:
Do guns kill people or do people kill people?
Unsurprisingly, states with more guns see more suicides:
Does gun control really help?
Guns are enabling people to kill themselves more easily
America's gun numbers make for an alarming read:
The rate of firearm suicides in America:
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