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Gun violence claims lives of 144,468 Americans in 3 years, 16,058 in 2022 already

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Gun violence has become an ‘epidemic’ in American society. According to statistics released by the non-profit organization, Gun Violence Archive on its website, the number of deaths from firearms in the U.S. increased to 43,643 in 2020 from 39,558 in 2019, and the number further rose to 45,005 the following year, 2021.

 

Worse still, as of May 16, 16,058 people had lost their lives in gun-related violence this year, a sign that the unfortunate trend is not abating.

 

What makes mass shootings so frequent in the U.S. is the deep-rooted gun culture of American society. Americans make up 4.2 percent of the world’s population but own 46 percent of the entire global stock of civilian firearms or 393 million guns.

 

In other words, there are 120 guns for every 100 U.S. residents.

 

Such a gun culture has been deeply rooted because of the advocacy by pro-gun interest groups. It’s so absurd that the National Rifle Association (NFA) of the U.S., the most solid fortress for American pro-gun groups, said the best way to prevent gun violence is to distribute guns to more good people.

 

“Automobiles kill people, too, and why don’t we ban them?”

 

That’s a ridiculous question always asked by the organization.

 

A report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicated that nearly every American will know at least one victim of gun violence in their lifetime. It said Americans of all ages worry about mass shootings when they go to concerts, movies, or churches.

 

It has become a common memory of Americans that screaming children dodge bullets under tables in active shooter drills at school.

 

 

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