Years the number of school shootings have drastically

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years, the number of school shootings have drastically increased, yet no drastic changes have been made to solve the issue. This topic is significant because no other country has this issue, not to the same magnitude. When analyzing other major industrialized nations, the U.S., with 288, has 57 times as many school shootings as the other countries combined. This graph emphasizes the striking difference between the rate of gun homicide
in the United States compared to other countries. It is important to evaluate the other countries to better understand why the issue of gun violence is only seen in the U.S. One drastic difference is in the ease of purchasing a firearm in the United States compared to other developed countries. The table shown below depicts the what each country requires for an individual to purchase and own a gun. It can be seen and concluded that the U.S is the least strict with their policies involving the purchase of firearms. The lack of restriction and regulation is a very plausible explanation for the public health issue of gun violence becoming more prevalent. Current Policies One policy that currently exists is H.R.4301 - School Shooting Safety and Preparedness Act. The purpose of this policy is to require the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to publish an annual report on indicators of school crime and safety that

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