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Twelve Facts About Guns and Mass Shootings in the United States

Society & Culture  (tags: gun control, violence, safety, society, politics, NRA, sadness, crime, ethics, children, death, culture, law, government )

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When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid "politicizing" the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for "don't talk about reforming our gun control laws."

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 6:49 pm
some interesting details.

Neverthelss, methinks, it's a matter of CULTURE more than a matter of laws.

David C (29)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:27 am
A Mother Jones analysis of 61 mass murders over the last 30 years found that “in not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.”

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:19 am

M B (62)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:41 pm
this is America, glad I don't live there.

Kenneth L (314)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:19 am
Really good article with really good data. Thanks.

Wolfgang W (235)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:31 am

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:33 am
Very interesting. I hope whoever needs to be exposed to this information is!

Caroline S (78)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:36 am
Very interesting article...

Past Member (0)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:43 am
Cheers Carrie

Gloria p (304)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:00 am
If I don't own a gun why does anyone else want to own one?

donnaa D (14)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:55 am
a gun means one thing DEATH The quicker we stop arming ourselves the less loss of life, both for human and otherwise

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:31 am
Glad I don't live in America too. Noted, thanks Carrie.

. (0)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:15 am
Interesting. Up here in Toronto since we started cracking down on weapons; the switch has been to knives and other weapons.

Mitchell D (104)
Monday December 17, 2012, 6:48 am
And then there is Mike Huckabee, just saw a clip of him on CNN, with platitudinous blather about "violence in our schools," having to do with our having taken God out of our schools!! This was not violence in our schools but on our schools, on our population.
The Huckabee types can not get out of their tunnel vision, have the same useless crap to spout every time.

CNN says "we still do not know" why Ms. Lanza bought the guns, BUT, her former sister-in-law (if I recall it properly) was on TV the other day, saying that Lanza was fearful about the economic future of the country, expecting a social colapse, and felt a need to protect herself from it. The interviewing reporter asked if this lady meant this in terms of survivalism, and was told "Yes."

So why do ALL the tv stations continue to avoid telling this story?

Jennifer A (1)
Monday December 17, 2012, 3:54 pm
If it's good for children to not play with toy guns and knives, why is it good for adults to use them?

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 17, 2012, 5:21 pm
I'm just sick of NRA-paid spokespeople trying to change the subject. They have their marching orders...change the conversation. This will no longer work for them. Innocent babies were murdered by someone who had access to these weapons. New today says at least one child was shot 11 times, and the rest were shot at least twice. After the 1st, Sen. Feinstein will introduce the Assault Weapons Ban--badger your Congress critters to pass it, and tell your friends.

Marie W (67)
Monday December 17, 2012, 11:23 pm

Translate this- this is our real issue not the guns.


Mónica Ayuga (109)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 12:43 pm
Bueno , yo lo tengo muy claro, en un país donde todo el mundo va armado, es normal que de vez en cuando a algún desequilibrado mental, el cual ha comprado un arma como el que compra una barra de pan,le de por masacrar a las personas por el motivo que sea.
La solución es tan simple como prohibir las armas por muy fuerte que sea la cultura de EE.UU de poseer armas para la protección personal, algo que esta resultando ser bastante paradójico teniendo en cuenta las masacres perpetradas en ese país.

Melania Padilla (122)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 1:19 pm
Thanks for posting

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 3:13 pm
Thanks Carrie--interesting and useful post.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 6:01 pm
"Higher populations, more stress, more immigrants, and more mental illness were not correlated with more deaths from gun violence. But one thing he found was, perhaps, perfectly predictable: States with tighter gun control laws appear to have fewer gun-related deaths."

We need better gun regualtions.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 6:01 pm
regulations, sorry.

reft h (66)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 11:20 pm
I know that people who are prone towards violence will turn to other objects if guns are not easily available, but the difference is usually injuries vs. death.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 5:51 pm
Good posting, thanks

Sergio Padilla (65)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:29 am
Interesting, thanks
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