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U.S. gun rights debate escalates

19.06.2022
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https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-gun-policy-global-comparisons

The gun control debate in the United States has waxed and waned over the years. The aggravation of disputes was usually associated with mass shootings of people in schools, supermarkets, etc. Today, gun violence is the leading cause of death for children and young people in the United States. In particular, the availability of assault weapons and ammunition has sparked a national debate following numerous mass shootings of schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas. However, even after these tragedies, Congress has not succeeded in enacting restrictions on gun laws, despite widespread public support for such restrictions.

The United States, home to less than 5 percent of the world's population, houses 46 percent of the world's civilian-owned guns, according to the latest report from the Swiss Small Arms Survey (2018). The country ranks first in firearms per capita. The United States also has the highest gun homicide rate of any of the most developed countries in the world.

Recent years have seen some of the most horrific incidents of firearms in U.S. history. More than 45,000 Americans died from firearms in 2021, the highest number in decades; and the upward trend continues.

 

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