Unfortunately, a tragic occurrence has happened again in American schools. A psychopath, to say the least, walked into an American school with powerful weapons in tow, and left a trail of death and destruction within his passing. The shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook School is the second worse mass shooting at a school in United States history.
What makes this story even worse is the fact that twenty of the victims that were killed in the tragedy were six and seven-year olds, who were only in the first grade. Due to the age of the victims, this story has brought the nation and the president to tears. How did America get to this, and what is going to come next as a result of this selfish act?
As people begin to work through the trauma and grief that this horrific occurrence has brought forth, it is important that we recognize that violence resulting from guns is an important public health issue in America that needs to be addressed accordingly. Failure to discuss the gun policies in the states will only cause more tragic occurrences, like the one that happened to these defenseless children, occur again.
In the 21st Century, which has not been around for that long there have been a plethora of deaths in America, as a result of gun violence. Between the time frame of 2000 and 2009, there have been more than 298,000 people who have been killed by gunshot wounds. This equates to almost 30,000 people per year.
[box type=”important”]Excluding other causes of death, such as cancer and heart attacks, violent deaths by gunfire is the second leading cause of death in the United States. The only thing that beats out this type of death is death by vehicular accidents. Food poisoning instances claim the lives of one tenth of the death toll, with 3000 people annually dying in this matter.[/box]
Over the last three decades, the flu has managed to kill between 3000 to 49000 individuals annually. This statistic is according the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, as it is commonly called has a tough job that they have to do. They are responsible for tracking diseases and any other outbreaks that could potentially harm the people of the nation.
The mission that the CDC goes by is to create tools and information that will help them to protect the publicâ€™s health from diseases, health threats, injuries, and disabilities. Even though it appears that the CDC is doing a great job when it comes to preventing illnesses from killing off the masses, there is one thing that the CDC cannot control, and that is the amount of people who are being killed off due to gun violence.
In fact, in 1995 five percent of the budget that is given to the CDC was cut and dedicated to attempting to research guns and the reasons behind why individuals are using them in such harmful manners. Some of the funds went into researching methods that could eliminate tragedies that are caused by guns.