“Gun control,” according to Britannica.com, refers to any “legal measure intended to prevent or restrict the possession or use of guns, particularly firearms. In most developed countries, gun control is strict and uncontroversial. In others, it is a hot political issue, pitting those who regard it as necessary for public safety against those who view it as a dangerous infringement of personal liberty.”

Nowhere in the world is gun control more controversial than in the United States, where gun possession is constitutionally protected but where murders (including mass murders) committed with guns are extremely common.

The Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting in a Florida high school (Stoneman Douglas High School) which killed 17 young people and wounded another 17, has once again, activated gun control issue.

Some 800,000 people joined “March For Our Lives” in Washington, D.C.

Wikipedia defined “March For Our Lives” as a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control that took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., with over 800 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world.

Not only is the United States the runaway world leader for gun ownership — it also suffers mass shootings at more than 11 times the rate of any other developed country, according to a study published in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Here are key statistics pertaining to gun ownership and gun violence in the United States as reported in the Guardian of London:

•In the last 5.5 years, there have been 1,624 mass shootings.

•There are 88 guns for every 100 people. (Highest gun ownership rate in the world.)

•The U.S. is home to roughly 35–50% of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

•More than 30,000 Americans are killed with guns each year. (About two-thirds of those are suicides.)

•More than 100,000 people get shot each year.

•According to gun control advocates, Americans overall are “25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries.”

More than ever, American policy-decision makers should listen to its citizens who are demanding stricter gun control laws.

We, in the Filipino Reporter, believe that public safety and personal liberty, like love and understanding, should go together instead of opposing each other.

We demand stricter gun control measures from lawmakers.

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