Gun violence and human rights: Seeking a comprehensive solution

Gun violence and human rights: Seeking a comprehensive solution

Leila Nadya Sadat (left) and Madaline George are part of the Gun Violence and Human Rights Initiative, which examines gun violence as a public health issue and as an infringement on human rights. Photo of Sadat by William Mathews and photo of George by Joe Angeles Gun violence in the United States has reached crisis proportions. Nearly 40,000 people are killed by guns in the United States every year and another 175,000 are wounded. Women and individuals of color are disproportionately affected. Mass shootings occur with alarming frequency in schools, in offices, at churches and concerts, and in theaters. An average of one school shooting occurs every week. Although Americans constitute only 4.4% of the world’s population, 42% of civilian-owned guns in the world are found in the United States, and our rates of gun deaths (both homicide and suicide) greatly exceed those of other industrialized nations. The U.S. gun violence crisis has spilled over the border: More than 200,000 guns are smuggled into Mexico each year, and the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime report that easy access to guns is the major contributing factor to high gun-related homicide rates in Latin America. Yet the crisis continues to spiral out of control. Leila Sadat Photo by William Mathews In 2017, Professor Leila Sadat , as the director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, launched the Gun Violence and Human Rights Initiative to tackle this problem. […]

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