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years, the number of school shootings havedrastically increased, yet no drastic changeshave been made to solve the issue. Thistopic is significant because no other countryhas this issue, not to the same magnitude.When analyzing other major industrializednations, the U.S., with 288, has 57 times asmany school shootings as the other countriescombined.This graph emphasizes the strikingdifference between the rate of gun homicide
in the United States compared to othercountries. It is important to evaluate the othercountries to better understand why the issueof gun violence is only seen in the U.S. Onedrastic difference is in the ease ofpurchasing a firearm in the United Statescompared to other developed countries. Thetable shown below depicts the what eachcountry requires for an individual topurchase and own a gun. It can be seen and concluded that the U.S isthe least strict with their policies involvingthe purchase of firearms. The lack ofrestriction and regulation is a very plausibleexplanation for the public health issue ofgun violence becoming more prevalent.Current PoliciesOne policy that currently exists isH.R.4301 - School Shooting Safety andPreparedness Act. The purpose of this policyis to require the Secretary of Education, inconsultation with the Attorney General andthe Secretary of Health and HumanServices, to publish an annual report onindicators of school crime and safety that