Gun violence will continue to increase without government intervention


Clare Sharkey | The Ticker

Barbara Chang

The United States has suffered from agony caused by many shootings this year and in 2020. Countless families have lost their sons and daughters, and many people got hurt from the incidents involving firearms.

The U.S. government needs to put more restrictions on laws regarding gun possession and control to make it impossible for anyone to get a gun.

Gun violence has always been a major issue that has been dramatically increasing in the United States for many years.

The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks gun brutality in America, discovered that there were 104 massive shootings in about 29 states and Washington, D.C., in 2021 so far, according to Newsweek.

Mass shootings are defined by the Gun Violence Archive as shootings that result in four or more murders, excluding the marksman.
Some people would assume that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of shootings in the United States would have declined, but that isn’t the case.

In 2020, 611 shootings occurred, the highest recorded amount since the Gun Violence Archive started monitoring them in 2014. This year, so far 120 people have died and 380 injured from the mass shootings.

Several shootings in the states have caused controversy in our society lately and it has sparked racial issues, particularly regarding the Asian American community.

On March 19, a man shot 10 people at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. Just about a week later, a man murdered eight people in three spas in Atlanta — six of whom were Asian women.

These incidents, especially the shooting in Atlanta, have emphasized the significance of anti-Asian hate crimes.

There are a couple of ways the United States can help reduce the amount of gun shootings.

Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria, a pediatric trauma surgeon at the Texas Children’s Hospital, has funding from the government to trace all injuries and slaughters that are linked to guns in Houston by pinpointing the areas with the highest amount of shootings.

U.S. President Joe Biden should try to get the government to invest in the expansion of this shootings tracking system to all states to prevent more mass shootings in the future.

A scientist at the Research and Development, or RAND, Corporation, Andrew Morral, lead a research team that utilizes modeling equipment to estimate the amount of people who own guns in each state to look for patterns in weaponry killings.

The U.S. government should put more money into this research team as well and should enhance the technological aspects of the research process to help forestall possibilities of gun disturbances.

The government should also keep people more informed about gun violence through television, the internet and social media platforms and about what they can do to help decrease the rates.

To make America a better place to live, individuals need to work together and help each other stay safe. The American government has to fully support the researchers and scientists with advancing currently accessible prediction models and tracking systems to make sure that less and less shootings take place.