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5 Facts We Know About Gun Violence

Among the many problems that the modern world is currently facing, beneath the ever-present climate change, terrorism and other proof of a broken system lies gun violence. Slowly growing, under-researched and controversial, gun violence is responsible for many broken families and lost lives in the United States, a country where, surprisingly, the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. 

This has led to gun violence being a uniquely American problem in the developed world. And what has made the country the most homicidal, is its citizens having easy access to firearms. In fact, since the year 1982, there have been more than 110 mass shootings in the U.S.

But don’t be so quick to believe what others tell you since these shouldn’t be blamed on mental illnesses (another sensitive topic) and video games, as what President Trump suggested. These incidents go deeper into a person’s history of domestic abuse and how easy it is for that person to acquire a firearm.

Here’s what we know about it:

  1. Researchers have found no link between gun violence and “gruesome video games.”                                 Contrary to what the president said, there’s no link whatsoever to playing video games and mass shootings. Analyses of mass shooting perpetrators have also not been linked to video games whatsoever, violent or otherwise.
  2. A high number of mass shooting perpetrators have a history of domestic abuse.                                        According to a 2018 analysis made by Everytown, more than 54 percent of perpetrators of mass shootings have at least hurt a family member of their own previously.
  3. Gun violence has very little research surrounding it.                                                                                       Sadly enough, gun violence is the least-researched cause of death, despite the rise of gun-related deaths throughout the last few years. Last year, President Trump signed a bill that allowed gun-violence research again. However, he stated that it should not promote gun control.
  4. Gun violence is not linked to mental illness.                                                                                                      Per statistics, only 3 percent of violent crimes are contributed by people suffering from a mental illness. Interestingly enough, people with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims rather than perpetrators, especially if it’s a violent crime.
  5. Higher rates of gun violence are associated with poor background checks, or lack thereof.                       Per studies, states that have stricter background checks (especially in schools) have lower rates of gun violence. Further research also suggested that universal background check policies could prevent a high number of gun homicide incidents per year.

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