Following The San Bernardino, California, 2015 attack where a married couple went on a shooting rampage and killed 14 people. America and the world discuss the consistent mass shootings and gun control laws in the states. With the new 24-hour weapons shopping channel launching in next year, people are going to be able to get the latest firearms easier. Ensuring that more mass shootings and gun related violence will continue.
”We have a pattern now of mass shooting … that has no parallel” Said President Obama. According to the website shootingtracker.com, that tracks gun violence in the US, this year there have been an average of more than one mass shooting per day throughout the country. According to Mona Chalabi’s 3rd December article US mass shootings becoming more frequent – and more deadly, theguadian.com, the number of victims has also risen. In 2014, 383 people were killed in mass shootings and 1,239 were injured. In 2015 more then 447 individuals have been killed and over 1,292 injured. This year, after the Orlando massacre recently, it was declared the worst mass shooting in America history by President Obama. This year looks like its not slowing down in the numbers and will continue to rise in America.
In a 2007 comparative study of 178 countries, the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey reported that the US ranks first in the number of civilians who own guns – at a rate of 88.8 firearms per 100 people. Yemen ranked second with 54.8 firearms per 100 people. In the firearms trade, mass shootings are very good for business. According to Liz, Burke’s December 4th, 2015 article America’s bizarre reaction to mass shooting, news.com.au, at the time of the Sandy Hook massacre, the firearm and ammunition industry generated an estimated $US 6 billion in revenue in 2012.
At the start of the year, new restrictions were to be on firearms in California for sale, limiting the choice of weapons residents can buy from a gun dealer. This has not affected the recent mass shootings and gun violence in California. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, 93 percent of registered voters said they would support universal background checks for all gun buyers. Most people in America want to see reasoning at work in response to mass shootings. Cause gun control is a policy lever we can pull, at least in principle. A lack of reasonable gun control is what many people think the cause of the problems are.
In Michael Moore’s 2002 documentary, Bowling for Columbine, he discusses blame and the links of causes of gun violence, such as video games, television, movies and music. After the columbine high school massacre in 1999, groups protested Marilyn Manson a heavy metal singer from touring in their town because the two responsible for the massacre listened to Marilyn Manson CD’s. When Germans listen to Marilyn Manson more than Americans and they have much less gun violence.
In conclusion, to protect us from these killings, we need to change the environment that creates the conditions to do it in the first place. Changing the gun laws to be as strict Australian would be wise. As Australia has not had a mass shooting in 20 years since the Port Arther massacre in Tasmanian, Australia.