Thursday, September 13, 2018

America's Guns

Gun violence in the United States has become a human rights crisis, Amnesty International said.

According to the international human rights organisation, an average of 106 individuals died a day from firearm-related incidents in 2016.
Of the 38,658 firearm-related deaths that year, nearly 23,000 were suicides and more than 14,400 were homicides, Amnesty said. There were another 1,305 deaths that were unintentional, undetermined or from legal interventions. The report noted that more than 116,000 people suffered from non-fatal firearm injuries. 
The report said, gun violence has is a "public health crisis of astonishing proportion - with remarkably little government response".
"The sheer volume of people killed or injured each year in the USA by gun violence is staggering," said the report. "Our government has allowed gun violence to become a human rights crisis."
"Despite the huge number of guns in circulation and the sheer numbers of people killed by guns each year, there is a shocking lack of federal regulations that could save thousands," Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said

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