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Fact: While every country is home to people living with mental illness, the United States is the only country in the world that experiences mass shootings daily. An estimated 1 in 5 Americans live with a diagnosed mental illness.6 While other countries have similar levels of mental illness, none have the levels of mass shootings that the United States does. Moreover, countries with strong gun oversight experience significantly less gun violence.7

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In fact, a number of risk factors are more closely associated with gun violence than mental illness, including adverse childhood experiences, gender and age demographics, and, most importantly, access to firearms.11 Research demonstrates that only about 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to mental illness, with data indicating most individuals living with mental illness will never perpetrate violence.12 However, while the expansion of mental health resources is unlikely to decrease interpersonal gun violence or mass shootings, it is likely to help prevent gun suicide.13 The insistence that mental illness is to blame for mass violence is a deliberate attempt to shift public attention and political momentum from strengthening gun laws in America and will consistently fail to meaningfully address the gun violence epidemic.

Myth: Gun violence happens everywhere. The NRA often points to incidents of gun violence abroad to argue gun laws are ineffective and such widespread gun violence is not unique to America. However, the evidence tells a different story.

Fact: While most countries experience occasional incidents of gun violence, the gun violence epidemic is a uniquely American experience. The United States has the highest level of gun violence across developed nations, with a gun homicide rate 26 times greater than that of peer nations.14 This number is even higher among young Americans, who experience a gun homicide rate 49 times greater than that of other developed nations.15

Myth: An armed school is a safer school. A common myth perpetuated by the gun lobby is that an armed society is a safer one. In the wake of mass shootings, particularly those involving children, many politicians legitimize this misconception by rushing to implement reactionary policies and allocate resources toward efforts to increase armed personnel in schools.20 This myth has fueled ineffective and harmful policy responses to school shootings since Columbine High School, with one county in North Carolina recently moving to arm all school security guards in the district with AR-15 rifles.21

Moreover, the presence of school resource officers has been linked to increased arrests of students for noncriminal behavior, as students are often referred to law enforcement for typical behavior and small infractions such as theft and vandalism as well as nonviolence behaviors such as dress code violations. This school-to-prison pipeline is particularly devastating for students with disabilities and students of color.35

Finally, students, faculty, and community members broadly oppose allowing guns in school.41 According to a 2018 survey,42 more than 95 percent of teachers do not feel comfortable with a measure that would allow them to bring guns to schools, while 68 percent of National Education Association members oppose allowing teachers and school staff to carry guns on school grounds. In 2013, 202 national- and state-led organizations endorsed a framework for school safety that opposed armed personnel.43 And students around the country have organized to call for bans on arming faculty and staff.44

Myth: Hardening schools with visible security measures will deter mass shooters. Many conservative politicians and gun lobby groups have argued that hardening schools through visible security measures such as metal detectors, single-entry doors, bulletproof windows, and surveillance cameras is an effective way to prevent mass shootings.45 However, some states and schools have already implemented many of these measures, with evidence showing that they ultimately failed to prevent mass shootings.46

Fact: Attempts to harden schools have been ineffective at preventing school shootings and often leave students and faculty feeling less safe. Despite having robust safety plans including armed security, social media monitoring software, fences, threat assessment teams, video cameras, and metal detectors, these schools, among others, experienced deadly instances of gunfire on campus:

Finally, hardening schools affects student experience. A 2013 study found that metal detectors and other efforts to harden security measures in schools were associated with a decrease in students who reported feeling safe.51

Myth: Mass shooters are likely to target gun-free zones. Gun lobbyists often deploy this myth to deter legislative efforts to limit gun carrying in certain locations that are considered particularly sensitive or unsuitable for guns, such as schools, houses of worship, or government buildings. However, the overwhelming majority of fatal mass shootings in the United States occur in locations where guns are allowed or not explicitly banned, such as in private homes or public locations.52

Fact: Efforts to promote gun safety are constitutional. Since Heller, courts around the country have continually affirmed the legality of gun safety legislation, upholding a wide range of gun laws as constitutional:71

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.

Gun violence in the United States is a pervasive public health issue. Ending this crisis requires a multipronged approach to address the many forms of gun violence that affect our communities. Firearm suicides, homicides, intimate partner and domestic violence, community gun violence, gun trafficking, and more all contribute to the immediate and growing need for comprehensive gun violence prevention policies.Gun violence is not inevitable. The following resources discuss sensible solutions to address the gun violence epidemic.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published after the deadliest mass shooting in American history occurred, Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the wake of another mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which claimed 17 lives, readers resurfaced our reporting on social media.

POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives in the 2016 election cycle. Some, like Ryan Zinke, no longer serve in Congress. Zinke now heads the Department of the Interior, but he received $79,000 in 2016, making him the recipient of the second-highest contributions, after Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

The Gun Devil (銃 (じゅう) の悪 (あく) 魔 (ま) , Jū no Akuma?) is a very powerful devil who embodies the fear of guns/firearms. It serves as the secondary antagonist of the Public Safety saga, specifically the titular main antagonist of the Gun Devil arc.

While never pictured in the manga, it has been stated that when the full form (100%) of the Gun Devil first appeared in the attacks of November 18th, it was depicted as having a full set of legs, feet, bones and flesh as well.[1] Not much else is known about its full figure, however.

When 20% of its body is summoned by the President of the United States, the Gun Devil resembles an enormous floating humanoid figure with multiple building-sized rifles for arms, a roughly skeletal body crammed full of disembodied screaming heads, and an oversized barrel and slide emerging from its skull-like face. The Gun Devil is also missing the lower half of its body and is instead replaced by 6 long giant 7.6251mm NATO ammo belts attached to the bottom of its torso.[2]

The main parts of both its arms appear to be M4 Carbines, with other well-known assault rifles in its arms well. These include: the AK-47 , the M16A1, and the Mk18 assault rifle. Both arms appear to wield the same rifles. The Gun Devil's head appears to be the slide and barrel of a large M1911 missing the hammer. Some of the firearms on its back appear to be unknown Infantry Rifles, all others are completely unidentifiable.

After the Gun Devil took over Aki Hayakawa's body and becomes the Gun Fiend, its hair is let down with its eyes and forehead covered in dark veins. The barrel and slide of an M1911 is seen protruding out of its face in between its eyes with the gun's hammer sticking out the back of its head, its left forearm is replaced with an M4.

Not much is known about the Gun Devil but it is stated that he is the devil obsessed with obtaining Denji's heart and sent his followers to finish the job while also seemingly ordering the massacre towards the Devil Hunter. However, by the time it makes his appearance, it was revealed to be nothing but a force of nature who becomes a former shell of himself and ended up being tied in a contract with the American President in order to defeat the real evil that has plaguing the world in the history of mankind, Makima. And to that end, the Gun Devil ended up having no choice but commit a huge massacre in order to defeat Makima once and for all. By the time he possessed Aki, the latter then ended up having his mind becoming warped and was reduced into a former shell of himself, reminiscing about his childhood that he desperately wants to come back into to no avail as his family was killed during the massacre of the Gun Devil.

Thirteen years before the present day, the whole world tried to cash in on guns as a countermeasure against devils. This led to an increase in gun use during crimes and civil revolts. Due to heavy media coverage of gun crimes in every country, worldwide fear of guns has increased drastically.[3] 041b061a72


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