Gun Violence in America


"Anuoluwapo Adepegba, Lateefat Fatunbi, Christopher Jenkins, Anaya Porter, and Nnadozie Okarazu"

“At the age of 13, I lost my brother to gun violence in the streets of Suitland, MD.  My brother was gunned down in the stairwells of Suitland apartments. Gun violence has not only affected our community, but people all across the nation.” – Christopher “Big 30” Jenkins.
In today’s society, many people have lost their lives due to gun violence. Various thoughts arise when gun violence is the topic of conversation. Many definitions can be used to describe this one word, but only one is needed to address the recent situation; feeble restrictions that allow normal citizens to obtain deadly weapons. As a consequence, they unleash those weapons upon civilians. These kind of actions are brought about by evil intentions directed toward a person or group of people. These intentions can stem for grudges held from years before.
Gun violence within America has specifically affected African Americans. We live in a society that supposedly grants people the right to bare arms. Unfortunately, our focus has been shifted. Instead of scolding police officers who abuse their power, we scold citizens who illegally bare arms in order to simply protect themselves. When African Americans exercise their first amendment rights and advocate for themselves, along with their people, they are met with violence. Speaking up for the racial injustices in the United States has been “resolved” by utilizing guns. If gun control were to take effect, then it should not apply to only the citizens of the United States, it should also apply to police officers.
Among developed nations, the U.S. is the most violent in large part due to the easy access many Americans have to firearms. Americans own an estimated amount of over 265 million guns, more than one gun for every adult. In addition, America has had over 1,516 mass shootings within 1,735 days. Just recently, an attack on Las Vegas left at least 58 people dead. No other developed nation comes close to the rate of gun violence in America. Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive reveals a shocking human toll; there is a mass shooting defined as four or more people shot in one incident not including the shooter. Evidently, America has a serious gun crisis.
There have been various attempts and ideas for preventing gun violence. For instance, licences have been issued to help lower the numbers. As a result, students should communicate more with each other and join clubs to discuss issues or problems in their life with people they can trust. It is essential that we discover ways to prevent gun violence within America.