Gun violence is a fact of life in the United States and mass shootings continue to occur with frightening regularity. The issue of how to strike a balance between gun fights and public safety has been a political hot potato for years.
4 people died in Thursday’s firing incident in southern California, USA. It also includes a child. In retaliation by the police, the suspect has also been shot and taken to the hospital. The motive for the firing has not been ascertained.
The firing took place in Philadelphia 4 days earlier
. On March 26 in the city of Philadelphia, a man opened fire on the crowd outside the bar. 7 people were injured in this. So far no arrests have been made in the case.
On March 22, there was firing in Boulder,
while on March 22, a suspected accused in Boulder fired indiscriminately at the Super Market. According to officials, 10 people were killed in the incident at Colorado’s King Super Market. A local police officer was also involved in this. Police detained a suspect in the case.
7 Factors of America’s Gun Culture;
1. 21 million guns were sold in 2020,
a record sales of guns in the US last year. A total of 2.1 crore guns, including handguns and rifles, were sold. This is 60% more than in 2019. Earlier, there was a record sales of 16 million guns in 2016.
2. America is number 1 in the world in terms of average per guns per 100 people . There are 120.5 guns for every 100 people there. This is twice as much as Yemen, the number two country.
3. 84 lakhs purchased guns
for the first time in 2020; In 2020, the number of first time gun buyers in the US increased by 40%. 84 lakh people bought guns for the first time. This is the main reason for the record sale of guns.
4. Most of the blacks
who bought guns for the first time are the majority of blacks and women who purchased guns for the first time in 2020. Guns sold more in areas where there were more attacks on blacks.
In fact, on May 25, 2020, the Minneapolis police arrested black George Floyd on charges of fraud. During this time, police officer Derek Schaven kept his neck pressed for about 9 minutes from the knee. George died. Violent demonstrations took place in the US after police revealed the video of the crime.
5. Walmart had withdrawn from the store when violence escalated. Guns
rose to such an extent that demand for guns last year was so high that the entire stock of guns and bullets at many stores was exhausted. After the violence escalated, Walmart removed them from its store for a few days. The company also said that it would not sell the kind of guns used by soldiers.
6. The 2016 record was broken only in September,
according to Jurgen Braver, chief economist at Small Arms Analytics, the US gun market watch firm, as of August last year, more than a million guns had been sold. The 2016 record was broken in September itself.
7. Sales increase in the presidential election year has been
another special trend in America. The sale of guns increases when presidential elections are to be held there. More so when a Democrat candidate is likely to win. In 2016, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton was likely to win. That year too, a record was made for the sale of guns.
Former Democrat President Barack Obama is also called a ‘gun salesman’, because at the time of his election the National Rifle Association donated $ 30 million to the party.
The number of privately-owned firearms in Poland increased by 50 percent between 2015 and 2020.
Quoting police figures, Rzeczpospolita wrote that at the end of 2020 a record-breaking 587,900 firearms, mainly pistols, were in private hands compared to 390,800 in 2015, with 36,400 being purchased just last year.
Firearms are mainly purchased for sport shooting and by collectors, only 8,000 weapons were bought for hunting purposes throughout 2020, Rzeczpospolita wrote.
The low number of firearms for personal protection remains unchanged, largely due to the fact that permits in this category require police clearance, the paper wrote.