Saturday, October 5, 2013

Inside America: Can the US Solve Its Gun Problem?

By Namo Abdulla - for Rudaw

Washington, D.C. – Despite a history of mental health problems, Aaron Alexis was able to take a shotgun to a United States navy facility earlier on Monday. He killed 12 people there in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, before he was killed by the police.

 This week’s mass shooting was not just an isolated incident. We all remember last year’s mass murder at the elementary school in Newtown, CT, where a young armed man killed at least 20 children and 7 adults.

Again, it was last year when another armed man killed at least 12 people and injured dozens at a movie theater in the city of Aurora, CO.

Gun violence is a big problem in the US. There are at least 24 firearm-related deaths every day. In 2010, 8,775 people were killed from gun violent related crimes here in America.That is more than the number of all US soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.

So why is there so much gun violence in this country? Is there any way that the US can solve this problem? Rudaw’s Namo Abdulla debates the issue of gun violence and what should be done about it with:

- Christopher Brown, an anti-gun activist and researcher at the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence,

- Stephen L. D'Andrilli, Presdient of Arblest Group, a newly established New York-based group that fights legal restrictions imposed on the purchase of guns in the U.S. 

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