Gun violence in Turkey increased 69 percent in last 4 years: Association
The number of gun violence incidents stemming from personal arms ownership has increased by 69 percent in the last four years, Umut (Hope) Foundation has said in a new report, stressing that 3,679 incidents of gun violence occurred only in 2018.
In the 3,679 incidents last year, 2,279 people were killed and 3,762 were severely injured, the report said.
“These figures are only a drop in the bucket. Authorities have been refraining from unveiling the number of deaths and injuries resulting from individual armament,” said the foundation.
The top five cities with the highest numbers of recorded incidents are Istanbul, the capital Ankara, the Black Sea province of Samsun, the Mediterranean province of Adana and the Marmara province of Sakarya, respectively.
A total of 1,032 incidents were recorded in Marmara, with Istanbul being the most violent city of the region in 2018.
Compared with the previous year, Istanbul saw an increase of 34 percent with 472 recorded incidents in 2018.
Following Istanbul, Sakarya, Kocaeli and Bursa were the other top violent cities in the Marmara region, respectively.
“The causes of every kind of violence need to be discussed immediately; solutions should be turned into projects and implemented immediately; authorities, especially the Interior Ministry, should prohibit the purchase of guns online with a single [mouse] click,” said the report.
The report stressed that the Family and Social Policies Ministry should prepare training programs regarding domestic violence.