American lives should come before our Second Amendment rights

American lives should come before our Second Amendment rights

Content warning: This article discusses suicide, gun violence and domestic violence. Gun homicides take the lives of too many Americans each year. On April 8, President Joe Biden called gun violence in America an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.” This statement was released following several mass shootings, with eight dead in Atlanta, Ga., 10 dead in Boulder, Colo. and four dead in Orange, Calif., among others. Mass shootings and school shootings have been capturing the nation’s attention and horror for years, yet little has changed. These public incidents are only the tip of the iceberg. Approximately 36% of gun deaths are homicides, 61% are suicides, 1.3% are accidents and 1.4% are police shootings. Mass shootings, while horrific and tragic, are the visible symptoms of a much larger problem, representing about 0.2% of gun deaths. America’s gun homicide rate is 25 times those of other high-income countries; about 58% of American adults have been touched by gun violence, either directly or through someone they love. Gun access also heightens the threat to women who face domestic violence. Approximately 4.5 million American women alive today have been threatened with a gun by a partner, and women in the U.S. are approximately 21 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high income countries. Additionally, gun violence disproportionately affects low income and Black communities. The leading cause of death for Black teenagers and children in America is gun violence. An unarmed Black man is also five times […]

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