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Gun control & Gun violence in US-Inside Out-10-15-2012

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Published on Oct 16, 2012

Research from a 2011 report by the Brady Campaign; found that on average 277 people in America are shot each day.

The report also found that despite recent efforts to decrease gun related violence; over a million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968.

In 2009 more people were killed by firearms than motor vehicle accidents in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, despite that fact that more Americans own cars than firearms.

Overall the annual number of homicides has been in decline since 2006; however there is still a high rate of gun related homicides across the country.

Most recently due to the Aurora shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, some believe the negative influence of pop-culture is to be held responsible.

Violence of all kinds, but especially violence relating to firearms is widely glamorized in hit movies, video games and television shows.

The accessibility of firearms has also been determined as a leading factor in the surge of gun violence. The United States is categorized as major -small arms exporter and has an annual small arms and ammunition import of $1,585,242,738.

The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270, 000, 0001. In recent years fewer individuals are purchasing guns, but those who do are buying greater amounts of firearms.

According to the Small Arms Survey produced by the UN, the United States is the global leader in both the number and rate of privately owned firearms.

Groups such as the National Rifle Association have fiercely defended this right with over 4 million members and huge campaign donations.

In 2010 they gave $375,500 to Democrats and $911,250 to Republicans. The political nature of gun control debates has pushed the discussion to the back burner.

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