Essay about Gun Violence Should Be Treated As Public Health Issue

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There have been many conspiracies on whether gun violence should be treated as a public health issue or not. With gun violence on the rise, it is only necessary to take an alternative route when dealing with guns. Gun violence should be treated as a public health issue, especially in today’s society since more and more people have their own gun(s). The number of gun violence related crimes can be prevented and or diminished just like any other public health issue.
Most of these gun violence issues are gang related, however, gangs are not just in the major cities anymore. Larger cities and suburban counties remain the primary location for gangs. Over the past decade, annual estimates of the number of gangs have averaged around 27,000 nationally. More than half of suburban counties and 45 percent of larger cities report 10 or fewer active gangs and the smaller cities report fewer than five gangs. However, this may not seem like a lot until it comes to the number of people in gangs. Gangs can be small or large, over the past decade the number of gang members have averaged around 770,000 nationwide. Nearly one in five larger cities reported more than 1,000 gang members (National Youth Gang Survey Analysis). Look at the picture to the right, this picture shows all the mass shootings in 2015 alone and how these shootings are all spread across the United States (Mass Shootings). Every one red dot stands for one mass shooting. From looking at the picture, one can conclude that…

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