The Centers for Disease Controls reports have shown that violence related to guns is one of the primary reasons of death of people in America who are included in the 15-34 age bracket and most of this people are African American and Hispanic youth. The effects of gun violence are not only seen in the statistics and records of death and other criminal cases in the metropolitan areas. Since gun violence involves life and death situations, it is one of the major issues included and considered in public health issues. Gun violence is considered as one of the major reason why hospitals and taxpayers carry enormous financial problems.
This issue costs too much that, according to Max Wendy (1993), in the early 90’s, researchers have estimated that over 20 billion dollars is the total cost of direct medical spending and lost productivity in the United States (Wendy, 1993). Although the United States has been the point of comparison or basis of other industrialized countries in terms of development in the economic aspect, well when it comes to crimes and mortality rates there seems to be no particular basis and hierarchy, if we will look at it in a way that the numerical facts are not going to be considered.
Death and violence are present anywhere, and they are rampant, it is just that the United States is at present the dominating nation all over the world, that is why other countries tend to compare themselves to the U. S. .And though this is the case, the U. S. also has its issues just similar to other countries. The reason why statistics was able to show high numbers of firearm deaths, is the weak implementation or may be the weak preparation of the U. S. laws that deal with gun violence. These weak laws enormously contribute to the increase of gun deaths and international small arms trafficking in the United States.
And actually though the U. S. is known as the most powerful country, their laws regarding firearms are weaker than some other industrialized countries and the firearm deaths are even more than other countries records (United Nations, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division, 1997) In addition to the above mentioned facts about gun violence, there is some specific information that should be considered and focused on regarding the increasing rate of deaths that is caused by gun violence especially in the metropolitan areas, or the countries where there are lots of cities that are considered as metropolitan areas.
Majority of the cities in the United States are industrialized or already developed in a manner that they can stand and improve themselves on their own, since each state in the United States have their own constitution. In these states in the United States or even in other industrialized countries, most of the type of the guns owned legally or illegally by adults or even underage citizens are handguns.
Handguns are the most easy to carry, easy to hide, and easy to shoot type of guns. In a fact sheet about firearm violence in metropolitan areas, it is indicate that the most important function of a handgun is to kill human beings. A lot of public officials and protesters try their best in promoting the ban on the easy ownership of handguns for the reason that the danger that can be provided by these handgun ownerships can enormously be important than any benefit.
In the summed up police records and statistics, it can be seen that these handguns have been used a lot more as accessory to homicides and suicides compared to any other kind of firearm. Handguns are very much different from rifles or shotguns because they can not serve any purpose for practical shooting sports. In addition to this, similar to what has been said earlier; studies showed that these handguns are the ones that can be concealed more easily than any other type and that is the reason why it is the usual weapon of choice for the criminals.