The school shooting undermines the U.S. in the eyes of both its allies and its adversaries. America's failure to protect elementary school children in places of learning is a national problem. This problem undermines the United States' human rights leadership ability and increases its vulnerability to rival countries.
The United States is ready to deploy its troops around the world to protect its citizens from threats. It is also willing to supply its allies with large quantities of weapons, as was the case with Ukraine. But as Marine Gen. John Allen wrote for the Brookings Institution in 2019, “Americans today are more likely to experience gun violence at home than they might in many of the places to which I deployed in the name of defending our nation.”
Compared to other high-income countries, a child under 5 in the United States in 2019 was 29 times as likely to die from a gunshot wound. In the USA, students from elementary school to high school regularly conduct drills on what to do if a gunman attacks their classroom.
According to data released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 2020, more American teens have died from gun attacks than from traffic accidents. The FBI report, released on Monday, revealed that armed attacks have doubled with the pandemic that began in 2020.
According to research by NBC News, 92 people have been killed and 132 injured in shootings at 51 schools in the United States since 2013. This year, armed attacks were carried out on four schools. In these attacks, 21 people were killed and six people were injured.
On February 1, a shooting was carried out at Bridgewater College by a former student of the school. There were shootings at Olathe East High School on March 4, the Edmund Burke School in Washington on April 22, and Robb Elementary School in Texas on May 24.
NEGATIVE IMPACT ON FOREIGN POLICY
“The U.S. government is callous about the systemic violation of the human rights of American people. But in the meantime, it has been keen on wantonly attacking other countries and grossly interfering in their internal affairs under the pretext of human rights. This fully indicates that the U.S.’s claim to champion human rights is nothing but hypocritical rhetoric and empty talk,” Wang Wenbin, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, declared in answering the question posed about the shooting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also emphasized the armed attacks in the United States in recent years, drawing attention to the lack of security in the country.
Gun violence in the United States is viewed as a national security issue. However, the US's focus on Ukraine and the Asia-Pacific region, ignoring the violence in the country leads to criticism.
Statements from Russia and China show how important the gun violence is in terms of foreign policy and country image.