Gun Violence is a Bigger Threat for America than Islamic Terrorism

America is struggling with the countless deaths and injuries to its citizens due to gun violence. Are the necessary steps being taken to restrict such events taking place or are the steps further adding to the chaos?

Does the US Really Value American Lives

Two people have been killed and four others wounded recently when a gunman opened fire in a public library in Clovis, New Mexico. There was another shooting at the Cameo nightclub in the last week of September 2017.

However, the worst was yet to come. In the early morning of Monday, 2nd October 2017, a 64-year-old Christian gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. This shocking incident followed by public stampede led to the killing of more than 50 people and injured over 200, according to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. The Christian terrorist was eventually killed by police.

These are not single cases of gun deaths in America, proven to be the most advanced country which values lives of its citizens. Statistics show 244 mass shootings have taken place in 2017, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This means that there has been more than one private gun shooting case taking place per day in the last 240 days in the US.

Shockingly, there have already been over 11,000 gun deaths and 23,433 injuries in 2017. This also shows that there is a 12 percent rise in gun deaths and a nearly 8 percent rise in firearm injuries over the previous year. More shockingly, death of children under the age of 12 rose by an astounding 16 percent. The number is way too high compared to deaths due to terrorism and yet terrorism is still the biggest fear of Americans and the single most threat to American national security.

The Cato Institute published a study in September 2016. According to the Study, about 3,024 Americans died during 1975 – 2015 by foreign-born terrorists including Islamic terrorism which also includes the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2,983 people). This means that only 74 Americans died due to terrorism per year since last four decades which is nothing compared to gun deaths and death due to car accidents.

Death by guns

American President, Donald Trump has said that he will stop gun shootings and take concrete steps but reality seems otherwise. Moreover, many of the initiatives taken so far have not yielded any results. Some concrete steps include increasing the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences, boosting the use of civil asset forfeiture to take property from suspects before they’re convicted or charged with wrongdoing, and threatening to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Researches proved that none of these interventions have any significant effect on gun violence. The first step to reduce gun violence is to ban private ownership of guns. So the American President and the Congress have to pass a legislation to ban it. If there are more guns, there will be more crimes. While the immediate past President Obama was preparing to take some extreme measures, the incumbent President Trump seems to be making some rhetorics. It is very much unlikely that the Congress and the White House have any interest and capability to fight the gun lobbyists anytime soon.