To stop gun violence, we must revamp 2nd Amendment, remove big money from federal elections | Opinion

To stop gun violence, we must revamp 2nd Amendment, remove big money from federal elections | Opinion

By Alan L. Moss In spite of the public outcry, gun violence continues to increase. The numbers are staggering. Between 2014 and 2017, total incidents of gun violence in the United States are up by 19 percent, from 51,848 to 61,701; deaths rose by 24 percent, from 12,558 to 15,619; and the number of children and teens injured or killed by guns skyrocketed by 35 percent, from 2,942 to 3,975. By international standards, these numbers reflect gun violence many times that experienced by other developed nations. According to a recently released report by the Giffords Center , New Jersey averages 280 gun-related homicides, 184 gun-related suicides, 764 nonfatal interpersonal shootings and 599 unintended shootings per year. Our vulnerability to out-of-control gun violence is reflected in last month’s chaos at Trenton’s Art All Night festival at which a gang dispute resulted in one death and 29 injuries, one critical, as gunfire exploded and patrons ran for the exits. It is the haunting image of young students in school hiding from a deranged shooter with a weapon of war that hits home. From the 1999 Columbine massacre to the 2018 Santa Fe shooting, over 214,000 students have been directly exposed to gun violence in 216 schools. The fear implanted by such incidents knows no geographic border, seeping into the minds of millions of our youth. Perhaps the one positive from all this carnage has been the determination of young people to take action that might effect change. Meet the New Jersey […]

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