A Hard Look at Guns in America (VIDEO)

By, Siraj Hashmi

The United States leads the world in private gun ownership and the rate of firearm deaths per year with 29.7 per one million Americans this year.

Since the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, there have been over 31 notable mass shootings that left multiple people dead, including the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, Fort Hood in 2009, Sandy Hook in 2012 and the Mother Emanuel Church in 2015.

Time and again, when these shootings happen, lawmakers in Washington look to pass "common sense gun legislation" with the hopes of reducing gun violence.

Is it time to seriously consider passing "common sense gun legislation" or should we spend more time on addressing mental health or ending the drug war?

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