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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gun Violence hits America again: Mass shooting in Seattle

Seven people were shot in Seattle on Wednesday, authorities said, and one of them succumbed to their injuries. It was the third shooting in the area in less than two days, and the latest incident of gun violence that continues to affect public places including schools, colleges, churches and cinemas across the United States. 418 Mass Shootings happened in 2019, 15 have taken place so far in January 2020.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said police were still searching for the shooters, and trying to determine how many were involved. She said the shooting was not random.

“This was a dispute that happened in front of the McDonald’s. People pulled out guns, shots rang out, people ran in various directions, and as you know, we had multiple people injured,” she told reporters Wednesday night.

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Gun Violence & Mass Shootings: An American scourge

United States continues to suffer from gun violence and mass shootings. Almost 40,000 Americans died out of gun related violence in 2019 alone – around 24,000 of them committed suicide. There were 418 incidents of mass violence where a gun man targeted two or more than two persons at one place. More than 200 children died and more than 400 were injured.

In 2018, more than 55,000 gun related incidents took place including 337 acts of mass shootings leading to almost 15,000 deaths. In 2017, around 40,000 people died from various firearms-related incidents, including suicides and homicides across the US, according to government figures. Despite this, the US political system has so far been unable to place effective controls on possession of guns by private citizens.

One aspect of this political wrangling relates to powerful lobbies like National Rifle Association (NRA) that finances political campaigns of Congressmen and Senators. This Republican leaning body wields tremendous influence on policy making. In recent years, Obama and then Trump administration have taken steps to restrict access to automatic weapons but whatever has been done is insufficient – and American nation continues to suffer from gun violence.

AFP with additional input from GVS News Desk