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UNITED SIKHS, a United Nations affiliated global human rights and advocacy group on Tuesday announced its firm stands against the senseless gun violence that is ravaging the United States.

At least a dozen people were killed and more than 60 injured in at least 10 mass shootings this weekend alone in the United States.

“As a global, humanitarian aid and civil rights organization working with a multitude of communities in the United States and overseas, UNITED SIKHS is deeply committed to pressing our leaders for the safety of everyone, particularly vulnerable communities. The increasing number of mass shootings and hate violence against our communities has a solution and we together must find it,” states Manvinder Singh, Advocacy Director at UNITED SIKHS.  

A study of 5 years of data by Brady Center, a renowned advocacy organization for gun regulation, revealed: “Every year, 117,345 people are shot; and among those, 40,620 people die from gun violence”.

“Similarly, every year, 7,957 children and teens between the age of 1-17 are shot in the United States; and among those 1839 children and teens die from gun violence and 992 are murdered. With the most recent Texas shooting of Robb Elementary school children in Uvalde, undoubtedly, gun deaths have become an epidemic,” he adds.  

A study published in March 2016 in the American Journal of Medicine found that Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun homicide than people in other wealthy countries and not much has changed, since. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated official mortality data that showed 45,222 firearm-related deaths in the United States in 2020. In 2020, 4,368 U.S. children up to age 19 were killed by guns.

Mass shootings in the last decade alone include the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the Sikhs Temple shooting in Wisconsin and Indiana, the 2017 LasVegas mass shooting, the recent Buffalo shooting and many others.

These are convincing evidence that we must rethink as a nation the utility of guns in our daily lives. Empirical records of the mass shootings force us to confront the fact that we have no other option as a nation except working towards finding a legitimate equilibrium between the competing and conflicting gun control ideologies, which continue to divide our nation. 

At UNITED SIKHS, while we have a conscious regard for the Second Amendment right to bear arms, we are extremely cognizant of the fact that even constitutional rights are not absolute. We are worried that the deregulation of guns in our nation may be outweighing its constitutional rationale.

“Common sense dictates that if mass shootings came to be an American epidemic because reasonable gun controls do not exist, then it may mean that we are not doing all that we can to protect ourselves and our children on a mere principle,” states Wanda Sanchez Day, a civil rights attorney with UNITED SIKHS.  

“The wave of mass shootings by persons who should never have had access to guns attests to the need to curb access,” she added.  “Leaders must encourage the use of appropriate technology to its full potential in order to ensure protection for the public; and more importantly, the public mental health epidemic in this country must also be addressed,” she states.

UNITED SIKHS joins advocates around the country to call for common sense legislation that has as a reasonable aim to control unauthorized use of guns, expands background checks on all gun possession, holds all those who possess them accountable and keeps illegal guns off the streets. We also call for addressing mental health issues that too often correlate with gun violence and the hate that underlies many of these crimes.

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