Numerous people are still advocating and pushing for a “constitutional right” to own and carry a gun, believing that more guns will result in fewer incidences of crime and violence. While the debate on this issue can be exhausting, it is best that feelings and assumptions be set aside when discussing this matter but an objective reasoning is used instead. Below are reasons why gun ownership and right-to-carry should be carefully reconsidered:
More Guns = High Rate of Gun Violence
Statistics reveal that in 2015 alone, the following gun-related violence have been recorded in the U.S.:
School shooting – 64 incidences, including occasions where no injuries were reported after a gun was fired.
Mass shooting (defined as a single shooting incident which results in the killing or injuring of four or more people) – 372 incidences, killing 475 people and injuring 1,870.
All shootings – 13, 286 people were killed and 26,819 were injured by firearms, which is approximately 1.4 million individuals.
It is important to note that the number of gun-related violence instances described above are so much higher compared to other highly-developed countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. In fact, from all the cases of murders in the U.S., 60% were carried out using guns, compared to only 10%, 18%, and 31% in the UK, Australia, and Canada, respectively.
Strong Correlation Between Household Firearm Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates.
A study published in American Journal of Public Health in 2013 revealed that the number of gun-related deaths from homicide is grossly higher among states with higher rates of gun ownership; implying that gun ownership is an effective predictor of firearm homicide rate. Specifically, the rate of gun homicide increases by almost 1% for every percentage increase in gun ownership.
Other countries that shifted to a highly-restricted gun-access, like Australia, experienced a dramatic decline in the rate of murder.
When Australia introduced highly stringent gun control laws, including making the use of firearms in self-defense a crime, the said country’s gun homicide and suicide rates dramatically declined as well as the rate of murders and robberies.
The reasons above are not mere suppositions but verifiable facts. Ultimately, it is best that the public base their opinion on hard facts rather than what “feels” or “seems” right, particularly if it means life and death of someone. If you do choose to own a gun, in the very least make sure you have a license to carry your gun in whatever state you reside.