Data related to the U.S. non-profit organization Gun Violence Archives show that gun violence has killed at least 10,362 people and injured 8,172 in the United States in the first three months of this year, up from the same period last year.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a regular press conference on April 1 that this figure means that in the first three months of this year, an average of more than 115 people in the United States lost their lives and more than 90 were injured by gun violence every day. Other studies assess that the United States accounts for only 5% of the global population, but owns 46% of the world’s guns.
There are as many gun shops in the United States as pharmacies. American civilians have nearly 400 million guns of all kinds, with an average of about 120 guns per 100 people.
“These data show that the United States is not only the world’s number one power, but also the world’s number one ‘gun country’.” Zhao Lijian said that according to media reports, gun manufacturing and trading in the United States have formed a huge industrial chain. Relevant interest groups have made a large number of political donations to the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, forming a military-industrial consortium of “politicians + arms dealers”, which has deeply influenced American policies and public opinion.
Under the joint control of the military-industrial complex, many U.S. governments have the intention to limit guns but are unable to recover, and various forms of gun control bills often end for various reasons. There are more and more cases of gun violence in the United States, which has become a typical example of the shortcomings of the American system.
“The U.S. government should first take the devil of gun violence back from the bottle, so that the American people can enjoy democracy and human rights free from gun violence.” He said.