A History of Violence

More American lives have been lost to civilian gun violence than in all the wars the US has fought since 1765

Germany has the highest weapons-per-head rate in the world. Thanks to strict laws, its homicide rate is one of the lowest in Europe

Germany has the highest weapons-per-head rate in the world. Thanks to strict laws, its homicide rate is one of the lowest in Europe (Getty)

France does not give the right to privately own a gun. Eiffel Tower in Paris in rainbow colours to honour Orlando shooting victims

France does not give the right to privately own a gun. Eiffel Tower in Paris in rainbow colours to honour Orlando shooting victims. (Getty)

US citizens who visit IS websites can be put on no-fly lists, but because of the NRA they can still buy a gun, says President Obama

US citizens who visit IS websites can be put on no-fly lists, but because of the NRA they can still buy a gun, says President Obama. (Getty)

According to New York Times' N. Kristof, from 1968 about 1.5 million Americans have died in firearm incidents, suicides and accidents

According to New York Times' N. Kristof, from 1968 about 1.5 million Americans have died in firearm incidents, suicides and accidents. (Getty)

In 2007, 23-year-old student Seung Hui Cho killed 32 students and a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute

In 2007, 23-year-old student Seung Hui Cho killed 32 students and a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Getty)

In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut

In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut.  (Getty)

Gun control took over popular discourse after a mass-shooting at Columbine High School in '99 where 12 children and a teacher were killed

Gun control took over popular discourse after a mass-shooting at Columbine High School in '99 where 12 children and a teacher were killed. (Getty)

Consider this: More human lives have been lost in the US since 2005 due to gun violence than in war-torn Afghanistan in the same period

Consider this: More human lives have been lost in the US since 2005 due to gun violence than in war-torn Afghanistan in the same period. (Getty)

The second amendment of the US Constitution reads: '(...) The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed'

The second amendment of the US Constitution reads: '(...) The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed' (Getty)

The shooter used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle developed for special forces.No licence is required for this weapon in Florida

The shooter used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle developed for special forces.No licence is required for this weapon in Florida (Getty)

On June 11, American-born Omar Mateen, entered a gay club, killed 49 and injured 53. One of the deadliest mass-shootings in the US

On June 11, American-born Omar Mateen, entered a gay club, killed 49 and injured 53. One of the deadliest mass-shootings in the US (Getty)