When I started this blog, my second post was a repost of a Facebook message on the Second Amendment in response to the Parkland, Florida school shooting. There have only been 54 days in between these posts. And here we are again, with a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. And I haven't even touched on all of the school shootings that have occurred. There have been 5 other school shootings in the interim, just not to the same scope.
We have an addiction to guns in this country that causes us to look at anything else except gun control as a possible solution. It's far past time we put everything on the table. We should be looking at mental health care. We should be looking at bullying. We should be looking at the family structure. We should be looking at socio-economic status and mobility. AND we should be looking at sensible gun control. We're a big country and pretty good at multi-tasking. We're more than capable of looking at it all.
But I'm too tired to write anymore on this. Who knows what good it does at this point. In lieu of further debate, I'm just going to post facts and let them speak for themselves.
- On an average day, 96 Americans are killed with guns.
- On average, there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the United States.
- For every one person killed with guns, two more are injured.
- 62% of firearm deaths in the United States are suicides.
- Seven children and teens are killed with guns in the United States on an average day.
- In an average month, 50 women are shot to death by an intimate partner in the United States.
- America's gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average of other high-income countries.
- The United States accounts for 46% of the population, but 82% of the gun deaths.
- Background checks have blocked over 3 million gun sales to prohibited people.
- Black men are 13 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with guns.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of the woman being killed by five times.