by Haya Luftig
With mass shootings occurring nearly every day, gun violence in America has reached epidemic levels. Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Though the United States makes up just 4.4% of the world’s population, we own almost half of all guns in the world. Studies show a direct correlation between more guns and more violence. In recent years, we have witnessed a profoundly disturbing series of mass killings in schools, shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship, and elsewhere, such as the atrocities committed in Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown, Tucson, Aurora, and Oak Creek. Despite the media attention these horrific shootings received, tragically, most gun deaths are actually suicides.
What is your vision for preventing future gun-related tragedies? What is your position on universal background checks, proper mental health care, and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines?