In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, activists gather in Lafayette Park across from the White House during a gun reform legislation rally sponsored by various protest groups on August 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (File photo: VCG)
The China Society for Human Rights Studies on Saturday published an article to expose the long-lasting unsolved problem of gun violence in the United States which, it said, has seriously trampled on human rights.
Noting that a number of deadly mass shootings have recently taken place in the United States, the article said the mass shootings have once again exposed the grave consequences of the proliferation of guns in the United States, reflecting the profound crisis in the US political and social systems, as well as its hypocrisy on human rights.
In the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, activists gather in Lafayette Park across from the White House during a gun reform legislation rally sponsored by various protest groups on August 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. [File Photo: VCG/Getty Images/Win McNamee]
The United States has the largest number of privately owned guns in the world. Gun-related cases in the United States resulted in 14,717 deaths and 28,172 injuries in 2018, according to the article.
"Recurrent deadly shooting cases have become a hallmark feature of the United States," it said.
Calling gun violence a serious threat to the lives of the American people, the article pointed out that the long-lasting unsolved problem is due to various reasons that are directly related to the country's special social and political systems.
The rigid constitutional provisions of the United States have made it impossible to achieve a comprehensive ban on guns, the article noted, adding that the drawbacks of the US party politics and the resistance from interest groups are also hindering gun control efforts.
The proliferation of guns in the United States is also related to the excessive use of guns by the US police, the article said.
Noting the increasingly apparent phenomenon of "polarization" in US politics, the article said the US democracy can't find a way to solve the gun issue. Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have failed to respond to the demands of the reality of US society.