[ View the story "After Charleston, US gun control still unlikely" on Storify] After Charleston, US gun control still unlikely Victims of gun violence share their stories with The Stream.
The Stream· Tue, Jun 23 2015 17:04:43
The President of the United States
emotional and angry while
the recent mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina where nine people were killed inside a church. "I’ve had to make statements like this too many times," Barack Obama
. "Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times." It is
that Obama has addressed mass shootings in the US at least 14 times during his presidency.
The President also took this matter to Twitter:
Expressions of sympathy aren’t enough. It’s time we do something about this.President Obama
Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel.President Obama
of 20 students and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 would result in a change to gun laws. After that event, the media
with extensive coverage of the history of mass shootings, gun violence, gun policies and the state of gun ownership in the United States.
counted how many years gun violence 'stole' from people killed in 2013:
An Examination of U.S. Gun MurdersTheRealPeriscopic
More than two-thirds of all homicides in the US
committed with a firearm, according to the
by the Centers for Disease Control. Including suicides, more than 33,000 gun-related deaths were counted in 2013.
This video by
explains how much gun violence costs America:
What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost?Mother Jones
A recent opinion
conducted by Pew Research Center shows that now, for the first time in two decades, Americans prioritise gun rights over gun control. Even though the statistics show the crime
is at a record low, most believe the rates are rising and more guns would be the right response.
they stand behind the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The Amendment
: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Gun rights advocates have created an ad demanding Obama take his "hands off our guns."
SAF Ammunition Ban AdSecond Amendment Foundation
Activists on the other side of the issue have created a
to show just how lethal guns are. They opened a gun 'shop' in New York City.
Guns With HistoryPreventGunViolence
shared the following cartoon saying it illustrates how the rest of the world sees the US:
Brilliant #FT cartoon. Certainly way much of rest of world sees America after #CharlestonShooting. #gunsense
The Stream asked its community whether more or less guns make people safer in the US:
@AJStream The violence no doubt stems directly from the number of guns available and ease of access.James Parker
@AJStream This isn't even a hypothetical question... If more guns made ppl safer, US would be safest industrialized nation. But it's not.Ryo
@Nuri_ibrahim @AJStream I've been wondering for years, especially since I'm a gun crime survivor. Many argue it's a "constitutional right".Sezín Koehler
@AJStream Im a gunowner, in favor of "gun rights". As WELL AS COMMON SENSE REGULATION. These things are not mutually exclusive.CoCo
@AJStream criminals will always have illegal access to guns, gun laws just prevent honest upright people from owning guns.Dragon News Network
Where do you stand in the gun rights versus gun control debate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.