Written by Ton La, Jr, AMSA Vice President for Membership, published in KevinMD.com on December 8, 2019.
Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns. 44% of American adults report knowing someone who has been shot. As a society, we have come to accept gun violence as commonplace and not something to take immediate action on. We hear about a new mass shooting on the television, on social media, on the radio, or by a friend. We shake our heads in disbelief, ponder on how this is the norm in America, and then continue with our lives without missing a beat.
If we continue on this path, we will fail future generations who have to endure increasingly higher rates of gun violence and mass shootings. It is wrong and unjust to not act now because we, as the United States of America, have the capacity to take action. It is already too late for victims who fell to the atrocious acts of gun violence, but it is not too late for those still living. I believe the majority of Americans deeply cares about the gun violence issue, but I very much do understand there is no easy solution. It will take all levels of government working with the public to mitigate the number of gun-related incidents and ultimately mitigate the number of deaths and injuries from gun violence. This is a uniquely American issue, and it is thus up to America to stop this crisis.
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