There’s no doubt about it; Americans sure do love their guns. In 2012, the Small Arms Survey determined that the United States has 88.9 firearms per every one hundred people. That’s more than Yemen, Mexico, Pakistan, and the West Bank/Gaza combined.
Despite having less than 5% of the world’s population, America consists of 35-50% of the world’s civilian-owned guns. With the NRA ideology of “guns make us safer,” it’s certainly hard to believe that when the U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country in the world.
While we do fundamentally have the right to own firearms, we also have a right as society to not be shot by one. Let me be clear, this isn’t a piece to advocate taking your guns away. This is simply an article to inform you of the tragedies that have occired as a result of gun-related violence.
The Huffington Post recently shared the voices of family members who lost loved ones in gun-related incidents. HuffPost Live put together a panel of friends and family members affected by these tragedies who shared their heart-wrenching stories.