Gun Violence in America
US gun violence is out of control.
by Stephen Lendman
US civilian gun ownership is the highest worldwide. Yemen ranks second. America doubles the Yemeni level.
Gun related violence follows. In America it's endemic. In Chicago alone, gun-related deaths exceed one a day. More Chicagoans are shot and killed than US forces in Afghanistan by any means.
Gun ownership makes it simple as ready, aim, fire. It lowers the threshold between anger and homicide. Proliferation in society leaves everyone vulnerable.
On Friday, 28 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, CT children and teachers were murdered. A heavily armed 20-year old man used semiautomatic pistols and a semiautomatic rifle.
It was the third deadliest gun-related massacre in US history.
The second worst occurred on Blacksburg, VA Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's campus. On April 16, 2007, 33 students and teachers were shot and killed. Others were wounded.