Gun Violence in the US
Gun violence or gun violence is committing violence with the use of a firearm. Studies have found a positive connection between suicide, homicide, and gun ownership. Among developed countries, the US has the highest number by capital of firearm-related deaths. It also has the highest number of people who own guns. Laws and policies have been established to regulate the manufacture, sale, and possession of firearms and firearms by US citizens.
Neighborhoods struggling with poverty, failing schools, and unemployment have high rates of gun violence compared to other states. Intense racial disparities are also a contributing factor to gun violence. Lauren Krivo, a sociologist who studies the geography of race and crime, says violence is not caused by race, but by racialized conditions that are racially unjust. Black men are mostly victims of gun killings in cities that experience a high number of gun homicides that has also persisted for some time. This is according to FBI data. A George Mason University researcher on the geographic distribution of crime, David Weisbard, said the problem could not be solved if it was approached as a broad global problem in which money is poured in a broad global way. Rather, it should be taken as a state issue where states that have a higher rate of gun violence are given the first priority. This is because much of the gun violence in the United States occurs in small, predictable places. Violence is caused by a group of high-risk people and is random. This is the first time the census truck has been used in the United States to map gun homicides across the country. The gun violence archive uses media reports to report gun deaths and shootings. The FBI’s national crime data reports provide statistics on gun violence only at the city level that overshadows neighborhood violence.
Conservatives and liberals have argued that extreme social trends are the main causes of gun violence. Government failures, cultural violence and toxic dynamics in marginalized families are the causes of this violence according to conservatives. Consequently, racism, historical oppression, inadequate opportunities and the availability of weapons lead to violence according to liberals. To fix the violence, both liberals and conservatives hold the view that intervening and making changes is out of their reach. Researchers argue that the scale of gun violence in the United States can be compared to a contagious disease that is spreading rampant. Risk factors are poverty and inequality and those most at risk are demographic groups, as violence spreads like a virus from one person to another.
Solutions to gun violence
One of the best approaches to preventing violence is to target those who use firearms to harm themselves and others and find ways to reduce it. These are high-risk people, although the number is small. Proposals have been tabled after many high-profile shooting incidents, such as a ban on military-style assault weapons. Although this may work, it can only save a small number of people, so it doesn’t make a major difference. Local programs have reduced gang-related violence by 20-40%, so communities should advocate for more funding for these programs. Limiting ammunition capacity, investing in intervention programs and threat assessment programs have proven more effective. The state of New York passed a law that required mental health professionals to report to the state database of anyone they consider dangerous to themselves or others. Some cities have conducted an analysis of gun violence and found that a small number of people are responsible for fueling this violence. An example is Oakland, where about 1,000 members of a few active groups were responsible for the violence. Direct communication with these youth with a little help on law enforcement regulation led to a rapid drop in the number of gun violence cases. In Boston, a 63% reduction in homicide levels was reported. This strategy was effective through coordination between community members and the police department in neighborhoods affected by violence. The strategy has been implemented in other states across the country and, with sufficient funding, it can be an effective way to reduce firearm-related violence.
Another solution is for the government to implement strict laws. According to the FBI, the press analysis data associated with 760 US citizens are killed with firearms by their husbands or wives. The data also shows that the majority of the victims are women. The shooting could end with the deaths of both victims, as most are domestic violence shootings. Laws, which have been established against domestic abusers, do not help victims much, as most of them have a modest effect. Studies by three companies found that there was a reduction in the number of deaths related to gun violence in states that established strict laws. Each year, these states experienced fewer and fewer gun-related homicides.
Weapons store project. In the United States, the states with the highest gun ownership have seen a high rate of firearm suicide. Suicide is an impulsive act for many people. Easy access to a weapon or firearm can be very dangerous in a time of crisis. The armory project aims to use people and not the law to address the risks involved. “A friend does not allow his friend to drive while intoxicated” and during a crisis “a person can hold their friends’ gun for a while, talk to them and advise them, then they can return the gun and no stigma will be imposed on them “, said. Eddie Cutler, Vermont Gun Owner, President. Although no research has been done on evaluating how well the armory project works, participants in this program are optimistic about the approach that has brought people together across the partisan line.