It has to sadden every time you turn on the news and hear about some mass shooting taking place. Even sadder is the fact that in the United States of America, the mass-shooting phenomena is becoming common news.

Today there is another mass shooting in the news. At this point, it is unimportant the place where the shooting took place. The important matter should be trying to understand why such thing has happened and how we can work toward preventing it.

Like is common in this kind of situation the killer is already dead by the time we heard of the matter on the news, usually the police killed the person, or sometimes it commits suicide, either way, there is not much we can do to understand why the person did such a thing. But more important than knowing why is to determine what we can do to prevent or stop this kind of situations. Here comes the dreaded gun control issue.

The facts are simple. Americans have six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, nearly 16 times as many as Germany, 21 times as many as Australia and even the next country in terms of gun homicides which is Switzerland, has 4 times fewer gun homicides. Americans have 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world.[1]

The crisis is massive. Since December 2012 we have had at least 1518 mass shootings taking no less than 1715 people and no less than 6800 injured. Meaning that on average there are fewer days in a year than mass shootings on average... [2]Although, obvious is needed to be addressed because people in the government does not seem to understand. The states with more guns and gun owners have more mass shootings. [3] Again, it's obvious but this does not only happens in the United States, those countries with more guns and guns owners have more mass shootings, also.

Now, let's enter directly on the theme of gun control. What is it you ask? Simply put, Gun control (or firearms regulation)

[4][5] is the set of laws or policies that regulate the manufacture, sale, transfer, possession, modification, or use of firearms by civilians. What we want is simply to harden the legislation that controls who buys, sells, distribute, transfers, posses, modifies or manufacture a weapon. The reason is obvious and simple too, good gun control legislation saves lives.[7]

"Last year, researchers from around the country reviewed more than 130 studies from 10 countries on gun control for Epidemiologic Reviews. This is, for now, the most current, extensive review of the research on the effects of gun control. The findings were clear: “The simultaneous implementation of laws targeting multiple firearms restrictions is associated with reductions in firearm deaths.”"[8]

What is needed to be done? Call your congressman, and do so now, later, today and tomorrow. If you don't understand the importance of calling your congressman please see this video:

If you want to dig deeper we suggest you “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis 1st Edition” which you can get from internet.

Last, be vocal! Have a strong constant message.

Again, thanks for reading.


[1] - UNODC, Small arms survey, via The Guardian "theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list"

[2-3] - America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts {VOX} "vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts"

[4] - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (2005). Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide (PDF). U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved: January 3, 2016. - "atf.gov/file/58686/download"

[5] - Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy {Library of Congress} "loc.gov/law/help/firearms-control"

[6] - America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts {VOX} "vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts"

[7-8] - The research is clear: gun control saves lives {VOX} "vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/4/16418754/gun-control-washington-post"