The issue of gun violence has a negative impact on people’s health, well-being, and advancement, and this trauma perpetuates underlying health and socioeconomic disparities, resulting in substantial difficulties for people and their daily life. Hence, the particular topic was selected due to its relevance and an essence that can be connected both to the duties of government authorities that have to deal with the consequences and the civilians. The United States has a serious gun violence issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that over 240,000 Americans have been killed with weapon in the previous two decades (Wu, 2020). Since 1999, approximately 12,000 Americans have been murdered each year, a rate, which is 25 times greater than that of comparable high-income nations (Wu, 2020). Concerning the principal problem statement, gun violence is a current worldwide human rights concern, and it poses a danger to one of the most basic human rights, the security of person and right to live.
People are more or less prone to utilize a gun against themselves or others due to a complicated and changeable set of risk and mitigating variables. As a result, no profile can accurately predict who would commit a violent act with a weapon. Gun violence is therefore linked to plenty of personal, parental, school, peer, neighborhood, and societal risk variables that fluctuate over time during early childhood and adolescent years (Rosenberg, 2021). Preventative interventions based on developmental risk studies can help to lessen the chance of weapons being used in social and familial disputes or illegal conduct. In addition, prevention measures can assist in minimizing the relatively uncommon cases where severe mental disease leads to death or the more regular cases where anxiety or other mental illnesses lead to suicide (Gondi et al., 2019). Thus, the purpose of wider direct and indirect prevention and intervention techniques is to reduce incidences of gun violence resulting from criminal misbehavior or suicide.
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