Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv appeared on “Good Morning Britain” with hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid to discuss gun control, the idea of arming teachers, the age limit on firearm purchase, and the STOP School Violence Act of 2018.
At one point, Morgan said to Kashuv, "Here's the reality — every year in Britain, 32 people die from gun-related deaths. Every day in America, that number is 85. America has more gun deaths per year. ... America has more gun deaths than the next 22 richest countries in the world combined. And at some point, surely, there has to be some form of tighter regulation to just try and stop these incessant shootings."
"Let me tell you something," responded Kashuv, "Most of the deaths that you see are from suicides. The next majority, all right, is gang-related violence. And stripping away the rights of individuals who are law abiding citizens won't solve the problem. And let's say we look at assault rifles, 3 percent of all gun deaths are with assault rifles; 68 percent of those are suicides. So saying that we're going to ban all semi-automatic rifles will not solve the problem. We have to look a gang-related violence [because] that's where most of the numbers come from."
Analyzing where gun deaths in America actually come from pic.twitter.com/dewGJhfRtN
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) March 18, 2018
According to statistics, Kashuv was correct. Government data from the UK’s Office of National Statistics, shows that homicides increased after the Firearms Act in 1997. FBI statistics from 2010 - 2014 show 63,061 gun homicides in the US. Of those, approximately 2.4 percent were committed using a rifle, compared to 47.7 percent with handguns. And “two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun deaths that take place in the U.S. every year are suicides,” according to this report.
On today's episode of “The News and Why in Matters”, Pat Gray was relieved to see a Parkland student with a different perspective. "Piers Morgan actually put somebody on with a differing point of view. Nobody in American media is doing that," said Pat. "This had to happen in Great Britain."
Watch the video clip above to hear more of the conversation.