The scale of the prob­lem

Vocable (All English) - - Édito | Sommaire -

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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