Ironically, firearm death in the U.S. including suicides, have declined from a high of 18 per 100,000 in 1980 to 9 per 100,000 population in 2010. Still, America is one of the most violent cultures in the world when compared to other wealthy democracies. America’s assault deaths per 100,000 population are nearly five times higher than most of their international peers. This ominous statistic alone may be telling us that a country with high levels of violence throughout the society might also expect to see that violence manifested at that country’s schools or other important institutions as.
While some would say that all guns must be more regulated, I do not agree with this position. I believe that rapid fire weapons should be removed from our culture along with the super clips that feed large volume weapons. Removing assault type weapons could save many lives as it would remove the technology that allows a shooter to rapidly fire a large capacity weapon. This change could and should be made.
Going forward we must endeavor to know why our culture is so much more violent than other wealthy democracies in the world. Perhaps when we can understand why men are always the shooters, is their a link between mental illness and violence, is there a link between violence and being socially awkward or somehow different and is there a link between the large scale use of psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin or others and violence. Perhaps fewer people will die at school or elsewhere in America when we can answer at least some of these questions.
Remember, all kids count.
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