Violence in America
America is considered to be best country in the world. Majority of Nobel Prize winners live in the US. Hundreds and thousands of inventions are made in this country every year. Every young man dreams of one day moving to the US. Americans live longer, happier lives than anyone else. No one is freerto challenge tyranny than Americans. No is more free than Americans. The educational system is the best in the world. A degree from a US university is a guarantee for best job.
But when it comes to mass shootings and gun violence, it is the worst country in the world.
In November 2018 in just one week mass shootings took place in 6 States (California, New York, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, &Michigan) in which 20 American were mercilessly massacred. The deadliest was in California at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Eyewitnesses say the man fired at people in a packed bar during college night. Twelve people were killed, including a Ventura County sheriff’s deputy, and at least a dozen people were injured.
And in the month of October 2018 mass shootings took place in 25 States, in which 39 citizens were ruthlessly massacred. In all of 2017- 346 mass shootings occurred in America. Last year, the US witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s modern history after 58 people were killed at a music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When hate is spewed at the top it filters down in more hateful and vengeful form. When press is called enemy of the state, when there is disgusting name calling of woman, and black woman journalists are singled out for asking thorny questions, it is hate that results in gun violence.
Gun violence in the United States has become a human rights crisis, Amnesty International said in a new report that points the finger at the US government.”The sheer volume of people killed or injured each year in the USA by gun violence is staggering,” said the report, released on Wednesday. “Our government has allowed gun violence to become a human rights crisis.”
According to the international human rights organization, an average of 106 individuals died a day from firearm-related incidents in 2016.Of the 38,658 firearm-related deaths that year, nearly 23,000 were suicides and more than 14,400 were homicides, Amnesty said. There were another 1,305 deaths that were unintentional, undetermined or from legal interventions.
For many survivors, the mental, physical, emotional, familial and financial consequences of their injuries shape their lives irrevocably,” the report said, adding that the toll gun violence has is a “public health crisis of astonishing proportion – with remarkably little government response”
According to Amnesty report black men aged 15-34 were almost 20 times more likely to die from firearm homicide than a white male in the same age group. Although more than 100 pieces of legislation relating to gun violence have been introduced since a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 26 people, including 20 school children, dead in 2012, no “meaningful” federal law regulating firearms has been passed.
Mass shootings will go on in America, it is sad, it is disturbing but it’s a fact of life.
Zakaria Virk, Editor