In The Know: TW: Mass Shootings

This article requires updating, which is the unfortunate reality of living in the United States of America.

As you read this, the statistics related to gun violence may already be outdated. In the past week, it is unclear how many people were killed or injured, or how many incidents of gun violence occurred.

What is certain is that as of day 104 of 2023, there have been over 130 mass shootings resulting in four or more people being killed or injured. This means there have been an average of more than 1.2 mass shootings per day in 2023. The latest recorded mass shooting occurred on April 13.

The question remains: at what point will the government say enough is enough? Many people have asked this question. It is not as simple as saying “Just ban guns.” It is not as simple as peaceful protests that end violently with police intervention.

The reality is that the government will not ban guns. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr addressed this issue in a press conference almost a year ago following back-to-back shootings in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, TX. In a piece that expressed similar frustration, Kerr mentioned that this is how the government maintains power. Unfortunately, this is true on a much larger scale.

Gun control is one of the most prominent political issues today, alongside abortion and LGBTQ+ rights. Regardless of political affiliation, most individuals likely have a stance on gun control.

However, this is precisely why the government will not ban guns – division. We are divided, and this division keeps the government in power. We do not need to have a black-or-white approach to gun legislation; we simply need common ground. We need something or someone to bring us together and unite us.

If you take nothing away from this article, take away one thing: this could happen to you. In an elementary school. In a high school. In a college. In a place of worship. At a concert. In a supermarket. At your work. At a nightclub. At a mall.

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