There are around 393 million guns in America—that’s more than one per person. Americans account for about 46% of all civilian-owned guns in the world! Dealing with a problem of this magnitude isn’t easy, but it’s made all the more difficult by a political system that’s flooded with money from big corporations and lobbying groups.
Simply put, pro-gun groups donate way more money to lawmakers than do organizations working for gun-violence prevention. Many, many politicians, most of them Republicans, get millions of dollars from pro-gun groups every year—money that ensures they’ll keep doing absolutely nothing to end this epidemic of gun violence.