The recent shootings in the United States are “very shocking,” says Rob Prince, a lecturer of international studies at the University of Denver in Colorado. He believes economic problems, easy access to guns and gun lobby play a major role in the recent rise in gun violence across America.
“At times like this when the economy is in trouble and so many people are out of work and have other economic problems, the frustration levels are very high. Secondly there’s the wide availability of guns,” Prince told the U.S. Desk on Tuesday.
At least seven people were killed, including the shooter, and three others wounded at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek south of Milwaukee on Sunday.
On July 20, a gunman opened fire at an Aurora movie theater in suburban Denver, leaving 12 people dead and over 50 others injured.
A coalition of mayors has released a new ad calling for the presidential candidates to present a plan addressing gun violence.
In 2010 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,996 murders in the U.S. Of those, 8,775 were caused by firearms.