5 Things To Know About The Gun Control Debate

In the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—where 17 students and faculty members were murdered by a 19-year-old with an assault rifle—the discourse in America has again turned to the topic of gun control. It remains one of the most divisive issues in the United States.

What can be agreed upon: The statistics of gun violence in America are chilling. In high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by gunfire lived in the US, according to the World Health Organization. That same report found 82 percent of all people killed by firearms in high-income nations were from the United States. The United States is approximately four percent of the world’s population, and we have 42 percent of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

Below, we look at important ideas relevant to the gun control debate.

If you are concerned or feel threatened by someone who has access to a gun, contact your local law enforcement agency or call 911. 

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