Wednesday, 1 February, 2023

Epidemic of gun violence in US

Epidemic of gun violence in US

Guns are deeply ingrained in American society. Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country’s earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans. Whether for hunting, sport shooting or personal protection, most gun owners count the right to bear arms as central to their freedom. At the same time, the results of gun-related violence have shaken the entire nation. For the most ardent gun rights advocates, gun violence – as horrible as it is – is an acceptable price of that freedom. According to press reports, every year, gun violence kills nearly 45,000 people in the US. In the latest terrible incident, a six-year-old student shot and wounded a teacher at his school in Virginia during an altercation inside a first-grade classroom on Friday.

In the US, firearms purchasers virtually face no legal restrictions to buy those. Any individual whether sane or insane can buy guns without any background check-up resulting in the spate of gun violence in that country which  allegedly preaches human rights without practising it in reality in  its own land. It frequently engages itself in slandering other countries over human rights situations that tantamount to double standards and hypocrisy. The US should immediately cease making irresponsible remarks, attacking other countries' HR situations. It should oil its own machines before doing so. Restricting legal gun ownership can go a long way in improving the current situation.

It is yet to be known how does a first-grader possess a gun? The state authorities must have to ensure that guns are handled and stored safely. These gaps in the law also create risks for all US communities vulnerable to gun violence. In the US, guns are used like toys. Gun culture should be controlled through proper restrictions.

The consequences of gun violence are more pervasive that affect entire communities, families and children. A large number of US children witnessed the act of gun violence in their homes, schools, or community over the past years. It becomes not just an issue of gun regulation, but also of addressing its impact on children who have been traumatised by such violence. It is time to mitigate the effects of gun violence on children.