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US Gun Violence By the Numbers

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US gun policy that allows kids, criminals and terrorists to access military style weapons and handguns without any reasonable restrictions or even detection in 32 states where there isn't even a criminal background check requirement for all gun sales.

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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:23 pm
IMPRESSIVE numbers !

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:00 pm

Once these numbers are presented nothing more needs to be said:

5 Average number of child deaths in gun-related accidents or suicide EVERY DAY

9 Number of kids under 19 years old killed by guns EVERYDAY

32 Number of states in the US that allow ANYONE to purchase firearms without an ID or criminal background check

40 Percent of gun sales in the US occur without an ID or background check requirement

40 Percent of American households that contain both children and guns

83 Average number of Americans killed by guns EVERYDAY

1,260 Average number of annual firearm homicides in the European Union (pop 376 million)

10,821 Average number of annual firearm homicides in the US (pop 282 million)

34,000 Average number of Americans killed by guns EVERY YEAR

$33,000 Average medical cost (80% uninsured) of a gun related death

$300,000 Average cost (80% uninsured) of a gun related injury

70,000 Average number of gun-related injuries EVERY YEAR

655,000 Number US service men and women killed in all Foreign Wars combined

1,035,000 Number of gun deaths in the US over the past 30 years

$4 million NRA contributions to George W. Bush's 2004 campaign

$18 million NRA contributions to Congressional candidates in the last four election cycles

$40 million NRA promised contributions to John McCain's 2008 Presidential campaign

$34 billion Annual US medical and productivity costs of gun injuries and deaths


Animae C (514)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:53 pm
sickening stats, yet nothing yet done about it!?!

Jason S (50)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:55 pm
Good Posting, thanks

Carol H (229)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:29 am
shocking numbers!!!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 5:18 am
These numbers just prove that guns do not kill people, people do.
Sorry, I am beginning to not-think just like members of the NRA! Help!

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 11:44 am
And who did Obama place in charge to committee a change in America's gun laws;Biden?

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:25 pm
I remember seeing someone post elsewhere who said that when her sister bought a gun (forget what state) it instantly made her an NRA member. Don't know the details but that's rather heinous isn't it.

"32 Number of states in the US that allow ANYONE to purchase firearms without an ID or criminal background check"
Now I can hardly believe that. You mean a convicted criminal? Even somebody who has already done time for gun related felonies? Wow. How far are the antisocial gun sellers willing to bend over backwards to assist crime and criminals in the U.S? Give 'em out like candy to anyone if they have the money 'cuz we don't wanna infringe on yur God-given 'merican rights buddy!'

Could someone please clean out that rat's nest called the NRA?.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:29 pm
NRA---The Nihilistic Rats-Nest Association (of or believing in nihilism, or the total rejection of established laws and institutions:
2. embracing anarchy, terrorism, and destruction: nihilstic tactics learned in a terrorist bootcamp.

Monica Demertsidis (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:45 pm

I'd like to see a number showing the number of people who successfully defended themselves each day by having a gun. Just currious--I'm not suggesting that ownership of guns for protection be denied for those people who want them

Susan Brandon (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:51 pm
If you buy a gun, you should have to purchase liability insurance that covers any damage done by that gun.

Cheryl Bianchi (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 12:53 pm
how many more tragedies have to happen before we take action? most amendmentshave laws surrounding is not taking away your rights...NRA, get out of my life!

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:40 pm
Noted thanks

JL A (281)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:07 pm
One more stat: more civilian gun deaths than deaths in all wars in the history of our country/

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 5:27 pm
Those are some shocking stats.

Terry V (30)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 5:57 pm
Our country is out of control :(

Winnie Adams (179)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:46 pm

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 6:52 pm
Not the whole story. More of the concerted effort to censor any real discussion. Bouchard you are very wrong.
Yes face book censors what you can read.
Another issue that the media does not discuss: defensive use of firearms.
If we are to have dialogue then why the censorship?

. (0)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 8:06 pm
More guns, more gun violence... pretty common sense. It's like more drugs, more drugs abuse.... still common sense.

We actually have more gun deaths from accidents than murders in our country. And our gun murders are the highest of any deveoped country and most developing countries.

Should people be able to defend themselves? Yes, they probably should. Though, you have to realize that most criminals or people that will shoot up a school, workplace, etc get guns from "responsible" owners or go out and purchase them legally.

Every issue has a cost and a benefit, sometimes several of each. We have to see in this debate, which outweighs which. Unfortunately, not everyone can have their cake and eat it too. We have to start looking at what benefits society, not always the individual. This sense of entitlement due to our extreme individualism is really negatively impacting our society.

Ed G (1)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 8:22 pm
The article in the Huffington post is 2008. Isn't there current numbers available? Please post if you have them.

JL A (281)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 8:32 pm
If these are 2008 numbers, then the problem is that action wasn't taken on them before now.

Arielle S (313)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:15 am
The numbers speak for themselves - Lawrence O'Donnell said this not about gun control but about gun safety. That makes sense to me - we ought to be able to go to the movies, the mall, school without fear of being shot.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 25, 2013, 1:32 pm
I don't know how accurate those numbers are, but i don't doubt that the overall picture is true. Still, who can say for sure what would be the most effective method for changing this problem in the US? Experts, I guess. And I'm not one.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 25, 2013, 3:41 pm
It's gotten pretty sick when you have 20 first graders murdered, and the response from the NRA is to arm teachers. Every time some regulations are mentioned, NRA strikes back with more batsh*t crazy maybe it's time that we just tell them, "sure, we want to completely ban gun ownership in the US, and confiscate them all." Watch their heads explode....then, they'll be ready to listen to some sensible restrictions.

David C (29)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:26 pm
At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago."

- Frances Hodgson Burnett, American author.

reft h (66)
Friday January 25, 2013, 11:45 pm
any stats on how many guns have been stolen?

wendy webber (28)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:57 am
horrible #'s..........nuf said

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:08 am
Thank you

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:00 am
Surely to goodness, anyone looking at those figures would realise that this cannot go on!

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:08 pm
Shocking stats! This has to be stopped with new laws that must be the same for every state.
Thanks Carrie.
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