Gang violence, shootings in schools, murder and millions of acts relating to gun violence are increasing daily. Over the years, gun violence has ranked first as one of the death causes globally, and this has vastly raised the public awareness and consciousness about the issue. According to Webster (2016), much of the debates held about this issue mainly revolve around regulating guns and ensuring they are kept away from the public, more especially potential murderers or individuals with mental health issues. Unfortunately, people pay less attention to the impacts of gun violence on the victims. The consequences of gun violence, however, are pervasive and affects the whole society, families, institutions, and children. More than twenty-five percent of children witness the acts gun violence in their schools, homes and this becomes not only a concern for gun control, but also that of addressing the effects on those that undergo trauma as a result of this violence.
Factors That Contribute to Gun Violence
While some society members criticize others for the risks resulting from this violence, others stay still and watch, doing nothing to correct the vice. The acts of gun violence nonetheless have many triggering factors. One of the main reason why the issue of gun violence is increasing in the society today is the is due to the lack of regulations when distributing the guns for sale. Lack of appreciation and adequate restrictions when selling the guns have vastly escalated the gun violence issue (Webster, 2016). Lack of effective legal procedures have also allowed for the purchase of illegal firearms through the black markets, and this also raises the dangers relating to gun violence. Additionally, people do not seek proper education and guidelines when purchasing guns for instance about storage and usage and this could also trigger gun violence. Ignorance of the regulations and safety rules could also result in mishandling of these weapons and further escalate the issue of gun violence.
The other major contributing factor to gun violence is the level of moral decay in our societies today. People in the current era are not only immoral but prone to violence which raises the chances of gun violence. Addressing this issue, therefore, requires not just gun control techniques but also moral teachings. Most of the people blame the moral decay on faulty parenting styles, and others claim that the primary cause of gun violence is due to ungodliness (Pavlick et al.,2016). Others define gun violence as immoral and blame the society for consuming this act through some of the entertainment cultures we choose for instance gun hunting. Therefore, it is the societies’ responsibility to join hands and implement strategies that will help address this global challenge.
The Population That Is Mostly Affected by Gun Violence
The most vulnerable victims of gun violence in our societies today are the children. Children are the most affected population as gun violence has a significant impact on a child’s growth and development. The consequences of gun violence to a child are severe for instance such children can experience trauma and distorted brain development that will lead to long-term effects in their future lives. Milam (2018) argue that exposure to this violence also affects a child’s ability to settle disputes and increases aggression due to the emotional and mental overloads. Such children are also unable to identify and control their emotions due to the trauma resulting from gun violence exposure. Children who experience gun violence are also more likely to be violent in the future and thus could pose threats to the entire community.
The Impact of Gun Violence On Public Health Delivery Systems
Gun violence is not only a community issue but has also become a public health issue, mainly impacting the federal health care delivery systems. Usually, most individuals choose to focus on the mental health issues of the perpetrators of gun violence and crimes. As postulated by Butts et al. (2015), the impacts of gun violence, however, could also lead to mental illnesses to the victims of this vice. Victims of gun violence experience psychological impacts that are long-term for instance withdrawal, anger, stress and lack of sensitivity to violence. Such issues affect an individual’s health status and thus the need for assistance from health care facilities. There is, therefore, the need for intervention by the public health delivery systems to offer health guidelines that will help address the issue.
Possible Solutions to Gun Violence
The relevant stakeholders that should address these concerns include the national and local governments, public health officials and the community members. Some of the possible solutions that these stakeholders can aim at achieving include setting up regulations to ensure the society’s safety before guns are purchased. They should also set up educational facilities that will teach the society members on the storage and usage of firearms (Swanson et al. ,2015). These stakeholders should also give tests to the individual that buy guns to ensure they are capable of handling these weapons without causing destructions or triggering violence. The relevant stakeholders should also allocate funds to the various offices involved in formulating the corrective measures to this challenge. The government should also allow the public health department research on gun violence as it has already become a public health concern.
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