The debate over the issue of gun culture in the United States is intensifying. The question has also arisen as to whether the exception to the possession of weapons in the country is the cause of uncontrolled violence.
The recent shooting death of 21 people at a school in the US state of Texas has shocked the world. In recent months, a similar shooting incident has re-ignited the debate as to why the homicide rate by gun culture is higher in the United States than in other countries.
The US-based Child Protection Fund, a non-profit organization, says gun violence is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Possession of weapons in the United States is one of the constitutional rights of the common man. Thus every year in the United States, major incidents such as murder and shooting take place.
Thousands die each year in shooting-related cases. This is according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
9 children are killed every day in the country
NGO data show that an average of 9 children die in shooting incidents every day in the United States. That is, an average of two hours and 36 minutes per child in the country dies in a shooting incident.
In recent years, some international research has shown that the unrestricted rights to firearms are closely linked to large-scale gun violence.
There has long been a growing demand for tougher laws on the possession and purchase of weapons in the United States. Due to the dominance and strong intervention of arms makers in the politics of the country, no concrete law has been enacted so far.
With American children being killed every day at gunpoint, parents are afraid to send their children to school. According to a recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of children killed by gunfire in the United States is 36.5 times higher than in other developed countries, such as Austria, Australia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Wales.
Although weapons are more prevalent in Finland and Norway than in the United States, the incidence of violence is low. A study by the Development Team for All 50 U.S. States found a strong link between states with stricter gun laws and states with higher gun violence rates.
International researchers also conducted a comparative study of national gun laws, gun ownership rates, and cases of gun violence.
In European countries such as Norway and Finland, the number of gun owners is as high as in the United States. These countries are one of the safest communities in the world in terms of gun violence.
Researchers have found that greater social cohesion, lower crime rates, and greater confidence in the police and social institutions are effective in reducing shooting incidents.