In New Hampshire alone -despite being one of the safest states especially will loose gun laws- gun violence has been seeing a steady increase. NH has a lower population than other states which heavily contributes to our lower crime rate and also contributes to lack of gun violence data
Heres what we DO know in our home state:
In New Hampshire, the rate of gun suicide increased 55%↑ from 2009 to 2018, compared to a 19%↑ increase nationwide. Data on gun homicide was not consistently available in New Hampshire during this time period.
With New Hampshire and many other states across the USA seeing significant increase in gun violence and more and more people favoring tighter gun laws due to this we can say America might see a change in how we go about our 2nd amendment with the newer generation
Heres a possible future outlook and what people can do if we continue to not hold ourselves accountable. This information contains UN recommended guidelines.
As a first step, states should recognize firearm violence as a threat to people’s human rights, in particular their rights to life, to physical integrity and security of person, and to health.
States can set up some basic systems to regulate how private individuals can own and use firearms and ammunition to prevent them from using firearms to abuse human rights. The UN has set up international guidelines that states can put in place to incorporate into national laws on firearms control.
These international standards recommend prohibiting any possession of firearms without a license; that states should register all firearms; and that unlicensed possession should be treated as a criminal offence.
A firearms license should be subject to certain criteria being met. For example, the applicant should undergo a comprehensive background check to identify any risk factors, such as prior criminal record – especially for violent behaviour in the home or community; history of gender-based, sexual or domestic violence; and history of problematic use of drugs/alcohol, emotional issues, mental health conditions and other circumstances which heighten the risks of the harm to self or others using firearms. Gun licenses should be time-limited and training on how to use the weapon should be mandatory. The number and type of weapons that an individual can possess should also be strictly limited in line with the principles of necessity and credible justification.
Firearms and ammunition which represent an unacceptable level of risk to public safety, including those likely to cause excessive or unintended injury, such as fully automatic firearms, semi-automatic assault rifles, semi-automatic shotguns and semi-automatic submachine guns, must be prohibited for use by private individuals.
To avoid fuelling the illicit trade in and possession of firearms, states must take proactive measures to make sure that all stocks of firearms and related ammunition, including those for use by military and law enforcement personnel, as well as those held by dealers, are kept securely.
More trauma, connection, and services: Expand access to high quality, culturally competent, coordinated, social, emotional, and mental health supports and address the impact of trauma.
Hold the gun industry accountable and ensure there is adequete oversight over the marketing and sales of guns and ammunition. Five percent of gun dealers sell 90% of guns used in crimes, and must be held accountable to a code of conduct. Further, states can pass laws requiring sellers to obtain state licenses, maintain records of sales, submit to inspections and fulfill other requirements. Unlike other industries, gun companies have special legal protections against liability leaving them immune from lawsuits. There is a need to repeal gun industry immunity laws in states that have them, and resist their enactment in states without current immunity laws. Increasingly, in the absence of legislative action, organizations are divesting from companies that manufacture firearms, and consumers are pressuring companies directly. More and more companies are setting new policies about what they are selling to the public and/or who they are selling products to.
Support gun violence research. Ensure Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the resources to study this issue.
Educate yourself on your states gun laws and regulations. Be mindful about who you vote for. and their policies surrounding gun control.
Inform yourself on shot wound care which could potentially save a victim if you were ever in the situation of a gun related injury. Heres a good link for research
Educate friends, family, or people the importance of appropriate usage when owning a firearm. A little common sense reminder never killed nobody and could prevent the killings of hundreds.
If you witness inappropriate gun usage. Report it! What you scared of what your friends think? be more scared for the person who could potentially be at the end of that irrational bullet.
Don't be a bystander!
Donate to Gun Violence prevention charities! Increasing the availability of data and funding will help inform and evaluate policies designed to reduce gun violence.
SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT ITS NOT THAT HARD