Las Vegas shooting: Four insightful remarks for Ukraine

Author : Bohdan Petrenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Free access to weapons is one of the reasons for mass shootings in the United States; 43% of American families own weapons
08:33, 3 October 2017

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The shooting in Las Vegas has become one of the largest mass shootings in the United States. Police have named Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, as the suspect who opened fire. In the language of our law enforcers, he was not registered as a person inclined to criminal activity.

In general, the US could be called a "stepmother" of mass shootings.

According to the study of the American Sociological Association "Mass shooting, firearms and social tension: a global analysis of the exclusively American problem", there were 90 mass shootings in the USA during 1966-2012 (more than 4 persons died per episode). 290 people were killed. That is, 31% of all recorded cases. Philippines are at the second place (18 mass shootings). Russia is at the third place(15 mass shootings). This is without terrorist attacks and fighting.

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Why is this happening? The first reason is free access to weapons. After the murders in Orlando, debate regarding the introduction of more stringent restrictions on the sale of weapons has intensified. But 43% of American families have weapons. But the discussions might continue for a very long time. On the one hand, we have Democrats, who support restrictions, on the other – Republicans, who are against the restrictions. Therefore, the right to arms is part of the American public debate.

The second and third reasons are the characteristics of American society. One of its values is self-realization. If this happens, then a person can take revenge on society. Also a desire for fame is one of significant reasons. If you cannot become Kennedy or Lennon, be Lee Oswald or Mark Chapman.

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The fourth reason is public pressure. Individualistic society is cruel to others. A brutal attitude at school or at work can lead to the fact that a person "breaks down" and splashes aggression on those who have done offense. 43% of families have weapons. Including the parents of school children, who might be humiliated. Hence - there is a constant problem of mass shootings in schools.

Few days ago, Ukraine’s military prosecutor Matios stated that every Ukrainian should have a weapon. But the weapon for self-defense is a double-edged sword. When a Ukrainian stands for the free sale of weapons, he wants to have weapons from him. But will he agree to give weapons to all his neighbors?

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