Gun violence and suicide with firearms has plagued the United States of America for quite some time now. However, the scenario has turned more alarming recently, as the database of the Centre for Disease Control revealed that gun deaths were close to 40,000 in 2018, reaching an all-time high since 1979. Incidentally, it was in 1979 that firearm deaths were classified as mortality data, making this an issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
The analysis was first put forward by an Education Fund that advocates against gun violence and was corroborated by data from a leading media house. According to reports by a leading media house, the number of deaths by firearms was 39,773 in 2017 as compared to 28,874 that occurred in 1999. That is almost a rise of 10,000 deaths over the course of 2 decades. To put the data to more perspective, the ratio of death was 10.3 in 100,000 in 1999; however, it has gone up to 12 per 100,000 recently.
The death due to firearms was caused by a number of reasons like homicides, suicides, accidents, war deaths and some deaths that were undetermined. Statistically speaking, the highest among them were from suicides. On segregating on the basis of race and gender, white men were found to be the largest victims. On the other hand, homicide cases were mainly recorded against black men, bringing forward a racial predilection as well
The rate of gun violence in 2017 was as high as around 109 deaths per day. This qualifies it to be considered as a health epidemic and elected representatives from all sectors of the government should take immediate measures to counter this problem. There should be more stringent policies for permission to purchase firearms and a strict regulation should be in place.
Though some feel that these control laws won’t be able to set things right and a different approach needs to be taken, there is no denying the fact that there could be some healthy amendments for the making America safer again.