What Can We Learn From 3 Countries That Put an End to Mass Shootings?

No matter which side of the gun control debate you're on, the bare statistics speak volumes: The U.S. makes up less than 5% of the world's population but holds 31% of global mass shooters. There are more public mass shootings in America than any other country in the world. Just three months into 2018, and 2657 people have died from gun-related violence. It's little wonder that now, in the wake of the horrific Florida school shooting, support for stricter gun laws is at a record high

While America is an anomaly when it comes to mass shootings, thanks in part to the second amendment, it's worth noting that our global neighbors have struggled with gun control, too. Rocked by school shootings and staggered by gunmen with known mental illnesses, some countries have found ways to turn anger and despair into action. Here's how Australia, the UK, and Germany reacted to their own tragedies—and have managed to make mass shootings a thing of the past. 

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Illustration by Viviana Duron