The scale of the problem
The killing spree in Las Vegas last month reignited, once again, the longstanding debate over arms control in the United States. Each incident of mass shooting results in the same scenario: the Democrats call for action and stricter legislation, while the ‘pro-gun’ lobby plays for time. Any agreement between the two seems very remote indeed.
In his speech, the day after this shooting, Donald Trump was silent on this issue. He denounced the shooter and his actions as ‘an act of pure evil’, and called on Americans to unite in prayer. Trump’s spokesperson at the White House told reporters that having a debate on gun control was "not the place that we're in at this moment”…“it would be premature for us to discuss policy”, and further added, “I think one of the things that we don't want to do is try to create laws that won't stop these types of things from happening”.
How long can the United States put off this debate when there are nearly 300 million guns in private hands, and a death toll of 30,000 each year? If you add the injured to this figure, it increases to 100,000.
Our featured article from The Guardian, focuses on an inquiry being carried out by American doctors who are on the front line of dealing with gun injuries and deaths in their Accident and Emergency units. They have decided to treat the issue as a public health crisis by introducing the real and very human cost to the debate.
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