The Causes and Effects of Gun Violence: How to Solve It

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Gun violence is a problem that plagues countries all over the world. In America, we face mass shootings on what seems to be a weekly basis. The effects are devastating, both physically and emotionally. In this article, we will explore the causes and consequences of this type of violence and discuss potential solutions that could help reduce this problem significantly.

What Is Gun Violence

Gun violence is defined as any violent act that involves the use of a gun. This can include shootings, murders, robberies, and even accidental weapon discharge. In America, this is a genuine problem.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, there were nearly 38,000 gun-related deaths in 2016 alone. This number has been rising recently, with no end in sight.

Effects Of Gun Violence

One of the most devastating effects is death.

Every year, thousands of people are killed by guns in America. In 2015, there were 13,286 firearm-related homicides in the United States. This number has been steadily increasing since the early 2000s. Not only do victims lose their lives when they are shot, but their families and friends are left to grieve their loss.

In addition to death, gun violence also leaves survivors with physical and emotional scars.

Victims often suffer from physical injuries, such as gunshot wounds, and these injuries can lead to long-term health problems and even disability.

Survivors also often suffer mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can cause anxiety, depression, and flashbacks. It can make it difficult for people to return to their everyday lives after being affected by guns.

There are many potential causes of gun violence, but some of the most common ones include mental illness, easy access to firearms, and gang activity. In many cases, a combination of these factors leads to tragedy.

Mental Illness

Mental illness is often cited as a significant factor in gun violence. This is because people with mental health issues are more likely to act out violently and may also be more likely to have easy access to firearms. In addition, people with mental health issues may be more likely to be involved in gang activity.

Firearm Access

Easy access to firearms is another major factor. In many cases, people with easy access to guns are more likely to use them violently. This is because guns are a very efficient way to kill someone. If a person has a gun and is feeling angry or violent, they are much more likely to use it than if they did not have a gun.

Gang activity is also a significant factor in gun violence. This is because gangs often easily access guns and use violence to resolve disputes. In addition, gang members may be more likely to have mental health issues. Violence is often a significant problem in communities with high poverty rates and poor educational opportunities.

Gun violence takes a toll on society as a whole. In addition to the victims and survivors, witnesses of gun violence also suffer from issues like PTSD.

Gun crime also costs the American economy billions of dollars every year. In 2012, gun violence cost the US economy $229 billion, including healthcare costs, lost productivity, and law enforcement expenses.

How To Solve It

So what can be done to reduce gun violence in America?

Several potential solutions have been proposed. One solution is to increase background checks for people who want to buy guns. Background checks would help ensure that people with mental health issues or a history of violence cannot purchase firearms.

Another solution is to ban assault weapons. Assault weapons are military-style weapons designed to kill large numbers of people quickly. They have been used in some of the deadliest mass shootings in America, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Pulse Nightclub.

Banning assault weapons would make it more difficult for mass shooters to commit their crimes and more difficult for people to commit gun violence in general.

Other solutions that have been proposed include increasing funding for mental health services and gun violence prevention programs. These programs could help identify people at risk of committing gun violence and get them the help they need before they hurt themselves or others.

Eliminate the Criminalization of Poverty

More than 46 million people live in poverty. But instead of improving chances of success, our law funnels people into prisons. Debtors’ prisons in many states — besides being confined to prisons — have emerged in a largely unresolved dispute. In the past few years, people in poverty faced crippling fees and fines relating to minor traffic violations.

Ban for-profit probation

Typically, evaluating a person’s ability to pay fines is outsourced to for-profit probation companies, whose customers sometimes recommend incarceration for failing to pay a fine. Legislation should eliminate the use of restitution for convicted probationers for fees or other restitution of a criminal record for probation violators.

Prohibit harmful payment of fees

Felony defendants file many state court cases without affecting the financial conditions causing them wrongful convictions. It would also help minimize the possibility of prosecution. Judges should not charge people whose debts can’t be fully refunded before sentencing.

Prohibit profiling

Local government officials should be prohibited from profiling individuals based on perceived housing status and investing in comprehensive longer or shorter-term housing alternatives while addressing individuals’ self-identified gender specifications.

Prosecute Debtors’ Prisons

Those who have abused the DOJ’s powers over such youths should take action against debtor prisons. Debtors’ prisons are the jails in which people are incarcerated for owing a fine or fee without a prior legal remedy.

Train police on homelessness

Local authorities need improved training on dealing with homeless populations, including training programs to strengthen the relationships between the LGBT community and decrease profiling harassment.

Enact the Homeless Bill of Rights

Local governments should enact an enforceable homeless law that protects against regulations aimed at the suspected homeless people for housing reasons rather than their behaviors.

Cap Criminal Justice Debt

The local government should limit criminal and civil justice debt by creating a statutory right to waiver penalties for low-income people.

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Gun violence is a complex problem with no easy solution. However, by exploring the causes and effects of this problem, we can begin to develop potential solutions that could make a real difference. If we want to reduce it in America, we need to start by working to understand what causes it and what its effects are. Only then can we begin developing solutions that will make our country safer for everyone.

Author’s Note:

This blog post was written for informational purposes and is not intended to be used as medical or psychological advice.

If you or someone you know is suffering from gun violence, please seek help from a qualified professional.

If you are interested in learning more about the causes and effects of gun violence, please check out the following resources:

-The CDC website:

-The National Institutes of Health website:

-The American Psychological Association:

-The National Rifle Association

Please note that the NRA is a pro-gun lobby group, and its website contains biased information. However, exploring both sides of the issue can still be helpful. Thank you for reading. I hope this blog post has helped inform you about the causes and effects of guns in America.

Originally published at on June 11, 2022.



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