Sadly, the United States has become somewhat infamous for school shootings, but there’s a crucial point missing from the gun violence debate: saving lives is not a policy choice for elected officials to consider or ignore.
It is a legal obligation on the US government under human rights treaties that the country has committed to abide by.
Of course, a key challenge is how to enforce these obligations and that’s where activism – like the youth-led March for Our Lives on March 24 in Washington DC and across the world – plays a critical role.
People must demand that elected officials respect, protect and fulfil our human rights – including those of people most impacted by gun violence: youth, women and people of colour.There is plenty that can be done
In that context, there are several steps that the US government can and should take to protect people’s lives from gun violence.
No elected official should ever claim that there’s nothing that can be done to stop gun violence. It’s the opposite – there’s plenty.
The US government can and should: