What Happened in San Bernardino - Is That the New Normal - Carlos Gamino WisconsinBy Carlos Gamino

On December 2, a terror attack in San Bernardino, California, killed 14 people and wounded 22; the mass shooting occurred at the Inland Regional Center, a facility dedicated to providing services and programs to people with developmental disabilities.

The FBI characterized the attack as one of terror, saying the two perpetrators, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, were “homegrown violent extremists.” The attack was the second-deadliest in California since the San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre, which occurred in 1984.

It was also the deadliest in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

So is this our new “normal”?

More than a year ago, the FBI confirmed a sharp rise in mass shootings since the year 2000. There are some pretty scary statistics, and politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to have solutions.

One thing is for sure, though: we need a solution. This can’t become our new “normal.”

On the list of countries with the most gun violence, the U.S. comes in 12th on the list with 10.64 gun-related deaths out of every 100,000 people. That’s a great deal below the top of the list – Honduras – which has approximately 67.18 deaths per 100,000 people.

The rest of the statistics:

  1. Venezuela, with 50.9 per 100,000
  2. Swaziland, with 37.16 per 100,000
  3. Jamaica, with 30.72 per 100,000
  4. Guatemala, with 29.62 per 100,000
  5. El Salvador, with 26.84 per 100,000
  6. Colombia, with 25.43 per 100,000
  7. Brazil, with 19.72 per 100,000
  8. Panama, with 15.86 per 100,000
  9. Mexico, with 15.37 per 100,000
  10. Uruguay, with 15.36 per 100,000
  11. United States, with 10.64 per 100,000

Last on the list is South Korea, with just 0.06 gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents. They’re tied with Japan for the same number.

What Do You Think?

The problem is that nobody seems to have any workable solutions. You can’t ban guns, but you can’t allow just anyone to have them. There has to be a middle ground.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please feel free to leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter. This is a conversation we really need to have!

Carlos Gamino