I may be moving to the US in several months (for work). I'm very worried about gun violence in the US, where:
- In 2016, there were more mass shootings than days of the year.
- In 2016, over 15,000 people were shot to death (over 33,000 people were killed by guns overall including suicides, accidents etc.). And that's not counting the wounded.
- In 2011, over 450,000 people were victims of a crime committed with a firearm.
- Statistics show that the US is in a "world of its own" relative to other developed states in the world: I live in the Netherlands right now, and it has 13x less gun deaths per million people (2.1 vs 31.2).
- Even law enforcement in the US is heavily armed and extremely prone to violence, shootings particularly, having killed 1095 people in 2015.
Specifically, I may be moving to Texas, which is a "concealed carry" state, in which people can even hide their guns, and though this requires a license, the government is required to issue that license and there isn't much/any restriction regarding who gets it.
My questions are:
- Generally speaking, what should I do / be aware of so as to reduce the chances of being involved in gun violence (other than living as a hermit)?
- What can I do to avoid being worried about the gun issue? I mean, the fear of the police, fear of people who seem unfriendly/intimidating and brandish guns, and suspecting people might be concealing and gun and might pull it out if you cross them.