The United States of America; what comes to your mind as you hear this name? Nothing but an exceptionally gigantic country with the world spread out on its paws. Well, this exceptional country is as much of an exceptional home to crime, gun violence to name the worst. There is not much to blame the people taking to firearms because the Americans are granted a holy right to bear arms and are constitutionally protected under the law, but as the history is to be believed America’s relationship with guns has been that of a bitter yet unique in crucial ways.
Amongst all the developed nations, most of the gun violence recorded from the states– mainly due to the reason that Americans have a rather easy access to possess arms than possibly any other citizen of another country; developed or not. The irony here is not forgotten– arms were originally permitted taking into minds the safety of its citizens in a way; a self-defense mechanism. Rather the guns and arms are used by citizens to kill and create chaos in lives of fellow citizens– for Godforsaken reasons which can be as petty as rivalry or as huge as terrorism, as well.
Permitting arms with such an ease is like calling the inevitable upon yourself, which America is seeing for itself; sadly pretty later than sooner. A study of high-casualty attacks across America shows not just how terribly porous firearms regulations are, but even the failed attempts to try tightening them in anything such as a meaningful way. This is a shame for a country like America because unlike any underdeveloped country, The United States of America has got all the resources that a nation could dream and want.
As the world moves ahead, and the time passes on; America records more and number of gun violence crimes more than any other country. What happened recently was shameful and could have been avoided if at all the authorities would open their eyes towards the violence spreading in the name of self-defense mechanism.
A teen possessed with guns riding a city bike pulled off rather a bloody night full of terror and violence on the streets of the New York City. He left three people shot dead and a few injured. The 15-year-old gunman shot two shots at the college grad; Storm Hughes, 22, nears the Church Ave around 7 PM according to the sources from Police. The shot guy, Hughes was rushed to the Brook dale University Hospital where his mother is an admitting clerk. The wounds of the gunshot were too ghastly to keep up the boy for not more than just a couple of hours. He died almost instantly before 10 PM the same evening. His stunned and deeply hurt mother talked about her recently grad son, Storm who was the apple of her eyes and loved her truly.
The most shocking detail about this case is that the gunman walked on his foot towards the victim, held his gun straight to his chest and shot; both through his chest on the either of the sides. Another resource added that the gunman had an accomplice who waited for him with a city bike to escape from the crime scene almost instantly. For a country like America, this is a shameful act indicating the poor and mismanaged street rules that just caused a man his life and their family happiness. If anyone can walk on the streets with a gun in hand and jeopardize anyone from his right to live, it is nothing but brutality and an unnoticed threat to life.
According to the police reports, the accused teen gunman was questioned under the presence of his father who insisted on talking with a lawyer instead. The speculations are made by the authorities that the violence was a result of the feud over marijuana which hits another weak and mismanaged American rules.
These incidents of gun violence are not merely happenings; it is the complete failure of a system as huge as that of the United States. The worse fact to be acknowledged here is the amount that American government spends per annum for the gun violence. For a country like America, tax evasion is not much big a deal, but why does it need to waste away the resources that can be used for much better and important aspects than to use it for the recovery to the chaos caused by violence? This is a bigger question that country needs to worry about.
According to a conservative estimate, approximately 12.8 Million USD is used of the total tax revenue of the Americans, Every day. This brings us to a conclusion, a breakdown of $229 Billion gun violence tab that American taxpayers are paying per annum. However, this is just an estimate that is most close to the real value because calculating the real value is more or less impossible, given the unpredictable gun violence number. Part of this reason is the massive amount that’s been spent by the NRA and other gun rights activists to shut down research related to firearms, and partly because of the meager number of expenses incurred when someone is shot. But what is known is that taxpayers cover roughly 87% of these costs, which include, but are not limited to: medical expenses, legal fees, prison costs, mental health care, emergency services, police investigations, and security enhancements.
It is shocking to note that trauma from gun injuries and homicides account for $410 million annually in direct mental-health costs. “But that amount would increase substantially if all gun victims and their folks could afford to pursue counseling,” said a source collecting the statistics. It is most obvious that victims of gun violence suffer wounds so ghastly that they require round-the-clock care for the rest of their lives – and if in case there are left any survivors, they can often live much longer than expected. The kind of exceptional nursing care needed for a survivor who is paralyzed or brain damaged can cost “upwards of $1.7 million.” If the victim is a Medicaid patient, taxpayers foot the bill.
Moreover, keeping the accused charged with a gun-violence costs the government and taxpayers more than $5.2 billion yearly. It is the largest direct expense incurred by gun violence.
But what comes after any gun violence incidence? A better security providing process is what follows a gun-related crime. Tightening security at public places (hiring security guards, paying for metal detectors, etc.) to prevent mass shootings has cost the federal government at least $811 million since the mass shooting at the New York bar. That sum is concurred by investments that are offered at the state and local level, with many school districts buying “bulletproof” backpacks for students, purchasing police officers’ time to practice “active-shooter” drills, and testing out “active-shooter detection” systems that cost as much as $100,000.
Article by Pooja.