Gun violence has long been a significant and consequential problem, but in recent times, the frequency and severity of mass shootings have led to a surge in the number of people experiencing death and injury. “There are approximately 265 million privately owned guns in the U.S.”, according to researchers from Northeastern and Harvard universities (Gregory). Furthermore, there were 45,222 total gun deaths in 2020, which is a 14% increase compared to 2019, a 25% increase from five years prior and a 43% increase from over 10 years ago (Gramlich). In light of the negative impacts that gun violence causes, more effective ways of reducing gun violence are needed, namely, the involvement of healthcare professions, complete disposal of guns among citizens, and the usage of smart guns.
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