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Gun Violence is Bad by Nick Digiovanni

The U.S. has the 32nd-highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world. The rate of firearm deaths per 100,000 people rose from 10.3 per 100,000 in 1999 to 12 per 100,000 in 2017, with 109 people dying per day, being 11.9 per 100,000 in 2018.

The horrific mass shooting events in Indianapolis, the Atlanta area and Boulder, Colo. this year have once again shone a spotlight on how frequent this type of violence is in the United States compared with other wealthy countries. There were 3.96 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019. That was more than eight times as high as the rate in Canada, which had 0.47 deaths per 100,000 people — and nearly 100 times higher than in the United Kingdom, which had 0.04 deaths per 100,000.

Gun violence is a public health epidemic in the United States. I don’t understand why people do it, but gun violence requires solutions to problems like poverty and inequality in the city. I would like to tell my neighbors why gun violence is bad and its effect on innocent kids.