Roughly 13,000 American killed by gun in a murder every year (This does not include more than 20,000 Americans who commit suicide using guns every year).
Let’s put it in perspective.
During the Vietnam War in 1968, the deadliest year for Americans, 16,899 The Americans died.
During the Korean War, broadly 12,000 Americans died each year.
Those foreign wars consumed the American government and the country. Today, the wars Americans are fighting at home against gun violence against Americans are being ignored by our leaders, who believe they can get on with doing nothing.
The massacre of children in Parkland, Florida, but the latest in this war was the horrific war, which claims an average of 96 Americans every day (a combination of gun killings and suicides).
I am not an expert on gun violence, but I have spent my career working on national security. When America is losing its people abroad to violent deaths at these rates, it is always a war.
When Americans are being violently killed in this way, the entire US national security apparatus – the National Security Council, the State Department, the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and more – is consumed at the highest levels with a widespread effort to prevent deaths. it occurs. Principal committee meetings (National Security Agency cabinet heads’ meetings) and National Security Council (principals committee meetings plus president) are convened regularly. Supplemental budget requests are made for Congress to make an immediate effort to expedite the end of the conflict.
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And yet, with the gun fight here at home, the US government repeatedly fails to pay attention. Congressional Republicans cannot afford time to debate the issue, and Congressional leadership ignores the pleas of action from colleagues. The Trump administration acts as if there is nothing like it. Save for a minority, who protect the American people elected and appointed first and foremost they offer prayers and excuses that now is not the time to discuss the policy implications of the latest genocide in any way. The result is that national consciousness forgets war at home.
The media also fails us on this issue. During the Foreign Wars, if an average of 96 Americans were committing violent deaths daily, this would be the number one news story in every major media outlet on a daily basis. No one will survive the horrific images and discussions of violence on TV, on the Internet or in newspapers. This would be widespread, as it was during the height of the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.
But obviously, like our alleged leaders, the media too has become numb to war at home. It does not take much time these days for the media to move on from the latest school massacre and the previous news of regular local homicide by gun.
When the US fights wars abroad, one of the major challenges is obviously that the governments of the countries in which the United States is fighting are not in control – the US attempts to gain control by force with its allies is. If the United States government in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or any other war zone controlled the use of force – as it does in the United States – it would immediately enforce stricter gun laws. It is not a brain.
A. 2016 study The Center for American Progress (where I work) found that, “despite a number of factors that may contribute to rates of gun violence in a particular community, there is a strong and growing body of research among some strong guns Exhibits an undeniable correlation. Low rates of law and gun violence. “For example,” two studies led by Daniel Webster at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found the effects of state laws requiring a permit Performed – and background checks – before anyone could buy a handgun. When Connecticut implemented this requirement, gun-related. Homeowners in the state fell 40 percent; when Missouri eliminated this requirement, The gunmen increased by 26 percent. “
Looking at America’s epidemic of gun violence through a national security lens, there is no question that we are at war. And there is clearly a simple set of solutions available to reduce deaths from guns. This is why America’s gun violence is so bad – why hasn’t America imposed stringent gun laws to stop the violence?
US leaders who do not work to strengthen gun laws are guilty of duty deviance. Those officials are actively reducing US national security and promoting war at home. They are allowing their own citizens to be murdered daily at the rates seen in some of America’s bloodiest wars.