My thoughts on gun crime in America

I read this week that more Americans have died from guns (including suicides, murders and accidents) than the sum total of all the Americans who have died in all the wars in American history. After another 59 people were killed in the painfully tragic events that happened in Las Vegas this week, we are again left wondering how a civilised world super-power like America can continue to allow this to happen.

The world will offer America and the victim’s families their condolences but I believe what they need more than anything is action, a conscious effort to address the crisis by tightening its gun laws. Otherwise, if people are allowed to continue to carry assault rifles and automatic weapons, incidents like this are going to continue to happen.

It comes as no surprise to me that the state in America with some of the slackest gun laws has now witnessed the most severe mass shooting in recent American history.

Arguments in favour of the right to bear arms have always warn thin with myself. It angers me when American pro-gun campaigners come out after attacks in other countries, like the recent events in Paris, and say it would have been less likely to happen if local citizens had the right to bear arms.

There have been 280,000 people killed by firearms in America since 2000, the right to bear arms did not protect any of these people from their shooters.

In Britain, about one out of every million people die in gun homicides each year and in Japan the figure is roughly one in 10 million. Compared to the death rate from gun homicides in America which is about 31 per million people.

Australia had 13 mass shootings between 1979 and 1996 and brought in tougher laws on firearms after a shooting in 1996. There has not been a mass-shooting in Australia since.

It is about time America followed suit. The second amendment is a dated piece of legislation and times have moved on considerably since its creation. We need America to lead the way internationally in the fight against terror, however there is a terror crisis within its own borders that needs addressing, before the next mass shooting.