Which is a more serious threat in the US, Gun violence or coronavirus?

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The United States accounts for just 4% of the world’s population but 35% of global firearm suicides and 9% of global firearm homicides. 1,500 children are shot and killed each year.

According to Giffords law centre, the toll of American gun violence is horrific, 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 per day.
- Of the 36,383 Americans killed with guns each year, 22,274 are gun suicides (61%), 12,830 are gun homicides (35%), 496 are law enforcement shootings (1.4%), and 487 are unintentional shootings. (1.3%)
- Roughly three-quarters of nonfatal shootings are gun assaults. About a fifth are unintentional shootings. Very few nonfatal shootings are suicide attempts—less than 5%—and between 1 and 2% are shootings by law enforcement.
- The US gun homicide rate is 25 times that of other high-income countries.
- The US gun suicide rate is 10 times that of other high-income countries.
- Women in the United States are 21 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries.
- Gun violence is the second-leading cause of death among children overall and the first-leading cause of death among black children.
- Unarmed black civilians are nearly five times more likely to be shot and killed by police than unarmed white civilians.
- Black men make up 52% of all gun homicide victims, despite comprising less than 7% of the US population.
- Unintentional shootings comprise 1.3% of gun deaths and 18% of gun injuries.
- The majority of unintentional shooting deaths involve people under 24, who are most often shot by someone else, usually someone their own age.
- When an abuser has access to a gun, a domestic violence victim is five times more likely to be killed.
- Every year, 600 American women are shot to death by intimate partners.


These shootings take place in schools, universities, cinemas, shopping centers, and even churches, affecting different segments of society of all ethnicities, genders, and age groups.
U.S. President Donald Trump is a key supporter of American gunmen and is resisting any move to amend the right to bear arms in the United States. Trump announced to gunmen that they now have a real supporter in the White House when he took office.

But high U.S. casualties are not limited to gun violence. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 29 million people have been infected with the flu in the U.S. over the past year, of which 280,000 have been hospitalized and 16,000 have died. Just in 2018, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80000 Americans died of the flu. That’s more than the number killed in traffic collisions, from gun violence, or from opioid overdoses.

But with the spread of the coronavirus around the world and the infection of various countries, American public opinion has been concerned about its widespread outbreak. U.S. media outlets, including the Washington Post, have predicted that the virus will spread in the U.S. very rapidly. The U.S. president's stance on the matter, however, led to a backlash inside the country as he downplayed the danger of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Trump also said at the briefing, "You have to be calm. It'll [the virus outbreak] go away... we have very low numbers compared to major countries throughout the world.
There is also a lot of controversies these days between Trump and the Democrats over the impact of the coronavirus in the budget, and it looks like the U.S. president is going to get around the issue of the coronavirus by ignoring it.

Some experts believe that by looking at the death toll of the flu in the U.S., evaluating the country’s healthcare system and considering the U.S. government’s indifference to the coronavirus outbreak, it will be concluded that victims of the virus will be soon more than the death toll from gun violence.




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