The Impact Of Gun Violence On Young People

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In the United States there is a gun for every citizen with approximately 300 million firearms held by citizens in their homes. As the beacon of democracy for the world, American’s hold their right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the second amendment sacred. While this right is considered fundamental, healthcare professionals are observing an alarming rate of death and injury based on gun violence. Further analysis of the data show that young people are several times more likely to be killed by a firearm in the United States than in any other industrialized country. The prevalence of these incidences are not new, they are continuing. In this paper, the phenomenon of the death and injury rate of citizens and young people is examined concluding …show more content…
Of gun related deaths, “20,000 children and youth under age 20 are killed or injured by firearms” (Reich et al., 5) “An estimated 58% of firearm deaths among children and youth under age 20 in 1998 were homicides” (Reich et al. 8). More than half of the young are shot by other people. “Suicide is the second leading cause of firearm-related deaths among children and youth, accounting for 33% of these deaths in 1998.” (Reich et al. 8). Firearms are considered to be an efficient way to commit suicide. Most people are successful in their suicides when they use a gun. This rate is much higher than those who attempt suicide by overdose. The survivability of a suicide attempt from an attempted overdose is greater because there is more time for healthcare to intervene. Regardless of this, 1 in 5 young people involved in a shooting will die, while 4 are injured (Reich et al. 9). It is generally illegal for juveniles to own handguns. If they come into possession of one it is usually a gift, a theft, or happens to be present in the …show more content…
Because of healthcare’s training and expertise, they are obligated to advocate with policy makers on behalf of victims and for integrity of the healthcare system. The statistics for the effect of gun violence on the public health present a clear problem affecting the health of young people in the United States. As the data outlined here shows, the deleterious effects of gun violence have been present in the United States for quite some time. This problem has existed preceding the tragedy of Newtown. However, the tragedy at Newtown is a powerful focusing event on reevaluating gun regulation in this country. One unique barrier to making policy in this area is the limitation on Congress ' authority to regulate gun ownership because of the second Amendment. However, since its inception in 1789, a rich legal history has surrounded the governments actions to protect the second amendments’ right to bear arms while working toward public

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