Ignoring the insanity of gun violence

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, an average of 32 Americans are killed every day and 140 are treated for gunshots in an emergency room. An average of eight children and teenagers are killed each day, and an additional 51 people take their own lives with a firearm.

The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence notes that about 4,400 American military men and women died in the first seven years of the war in Iraq, which is the same number of gun-related deaths in the U.S. every seven weeks. In 2010, more than 75% of the firearms used in suicide or accidental killings of children and teenagers were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative or a friend.

A report last year by the Children’s Defense Fund said the number of teenagers and children killed by guns in 2010 was five times the number of U.S. servicemen and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan that year. And U.S. military and police officers have about 4 million guns total, while U.S. citizens have about 310 million. Annual bullet production, meanwhile, is 31 times the number of U.S. residents.

via Ignoring the insanity of gun violence – Los Angeles Times.

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