TThe rally of Gun-rights activists and gun violence in the United States || Thousands of gun-rights advocates took part in a rally against the Virginia State Democrats’ plan to pass gun legislation to control guns, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond on Monday in the United States. They protested Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation in Virginia. The gun-rights advocates packed the streets around the Virginia Capitol on Monday, bristling with weapons, flags and threats of insurrection but didn’t erupt into the violence as authorities had feared. Gun-rights advocates means those who want to carry guns or keep guns with them lawfully took part in a protest rally in Richmond in the capital of Virginia State in the United States. Some made deliberate displays of their military-style rifles — began to descend on Virginia’s capital city Monday the 20th January. Armed militias carrying assault-style weapons marched in formation until the crowds grew too thick. Protesters without firearms filed through 17 metal detectors at a single entrance to Capitol Square, where about 6,000 people cheered fiery speeches on the Second Amendment. A far larger crowd remained outside the square, where they could keep their weapons. On the other hand, Governor of the State of Virginia in the United States named Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of the rally, banning all weapons including guns from the event on Capitol Square.
This was the aftershock of last fall’s elections, when thousands of Virginia voters gave majorities in the General Assembly to Democratic Party who promised to enact gun-control laws. The losing side of that equation thundered through this city’s streets on Monday, backed up by self-styled patriots, white supremists from all over the country. Authorities were looking to avoid a repeat of the violence that erupted in 2017 in Charlottesville during one of the largest gatherings of white supremacists, racists and other far-right groups in a decade. Attendees brawled with counter-protesters, and an avowed white supremacist drove his car into a crowd, killing thee persons and injuring dozens more.
America must control guns for the growth, prosperity and vitality of this great nation. Tougher legislation must be enacted to control guns as soon as possible to save innocent lives under the initiative both both federal Government and State govenments in the United States. America has the highest number of gun related violence among the developed nations.
According to the statistics of Giffords Law Centre to prevent violence “Gun violence exacts an enormous toll on Americans—claiming tens of thousands of lives each year. Weak gun laws and unfettered access to firearms and lethal weapons have made it far too easy for people to take their own lives and the lives of others. Gun violence is traumatizing millions of Americans and imposing substantial financial burdens that all share in the United States. The below statistics lay out the devastating scope of this uniquely American crisis. The toll of American gun violence is horrific and dangerous, and it is on the rise. Over 1.2 million Americans have been shot in the past decade, millions more have witnessed gun violence firsthand, and hundreds of millions—nearly every American—will know at least one victim of gun violence in their lifetime.
36,000 Americans are killed by guns each year—an average of 100 persons are killed by guns per day. An 100,000 (one million) Americans are shot and injured each year. In 2017, gun deaths reached their highest level in at least 40 years, with 39,773 deaths that year of 2017 took place alone. Gun deaths increased by 16% from 2014 to 2017. Researchers estimate that gun violence costs the American economy at least $229 billion every year, including $8.6 billion in direct expenses.” I think reason will dominate, peace will inspire, conscience will awaken and safety will revitalise to enact tougher gun control legislation in the United States to save thousand of innocent lives in the United States.
Source: CBC News and Washington Post
Former professor, writer and advisor to CBNA
20th January 2020