“America has a strange relationship with guns, but the price of freedom is far too high” – Voice of the People
Voice of the People says that even if the US refuses to ban guns, the laws must at least limit them and make them safer, as 45,222 people died from gunshot wounds in a year
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There are two ways to look at America’s relationship with guns.
The first is the numbers.
The United States has 120 firearms for every 100 people – far more than in any other country in the world.
11 million people have firearms in their homes, homes where around 5 million children live.
And the most recent statistics show that in 2020, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries from all causes.
Nearly 53 people are killed by a gun every day in the United States.
These are shocking statistics, unfortunately not shocking enough to change the gun control debate.
A debate largely split along partisan lines, Democrats want change, Republicans don’t.
There are questions surrounding the Second Amendment, of course the right to bear arms.
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But America seems paralyzed, unable to change things.
Perhaps the second way of looking at America’s relationship with guns could make a difference.
The second path unfolded this week in Texas, where a boy just after his 18th birthday walked into a gun store and bought some assault weapons.
Of course we know what happened next. 19 children and two teachers. A shooter who had 450 rounds of ammo.
And here the dispute must end. The change has to come.
Better regulation, better background checks, more control. If the country doesn’t ban assault weapons, at least try to make things safer.
Just imagine for a second what these parents went through. The emotions on this short journey.
After hearing about the shooting, these families had to drive across town to the Uvalde Civic Center.
There, family by family, they learned whether their babies were dead or alive. The agony of these moments is almost incomprehensible.
The screams were heard from the street, witnesses said.
Our pound shop PM
Later this week, Boris Johnson will announce legislative changes that will make it easier for companies to use imperial weights and measures.
It’s a bizarre decision, to say the least.
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Taking us back a few decades and having people order things by the pound or the gallon or the hundredweight is hardly the country’s most pressing issue.
The move is nothing more than a cheap populist ploy by Mr Johnson to shake up his base.
It may go down well with them, but the rest of us can see it for what it is.
A desperate measure by a prime minister without an ounce – or 28,350 grams – of honor.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/america-strange-relationship-guns-cost-27092730 "America has a strange relationship with guns, but the price of freedom is far too high" - Voice of the People