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Old April 15th, 2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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The Staggering Cost of Gun Violence

The True Cost of Gun Violence in America | Mother Jones

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How much does gun violence cost our country? It's a question we've been looking into at Mother Jones ever since the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, left 58 injured and 12 dead. How much care would the survivors and the victims' families need? What would be the effects on the broader community, and how far out would those costs ripple? As we've continued to investigate gun violence, one of our more startling discoveries is that nobody really knows.
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Jennifer Longdon was one of at least 750,000 Americans injured by gunshots over the last decade, and she was lucky not to be one of the more than 320,000 killed. Each year more than 11,000 people are murdered with a firearm, and more than 20,000 others commit suicide using one. Hundreds of children die annually in gun homicides, and each week seems to bring news of another toddler accidentally shooting himself or a sibling with an unsecured gun. And perhaps most disturbingly, even as violent crime overall has declined steadily in recent years, rates of gun injury and death are climbing (up 11 and 4 percent since 2011) and mass shootings have been on the rise.

Yet, there is no definitive assessment of the costs for victims, their families, their employers, and the rest of us—including the major sums associated with criminal justice, long-term health care, and security and prevention. Our media is saturated with gun carnage practically 24/7. So why is the question of what we all pay for it barely part of the conversation?
A top public health expert describes the chill this way: "Do you want to do gun research? Because you're going to get attacked. No one is attacking us when we do heart disease."

Nobody, save perhaps for the hardcore gun lobby, doubts that gun violence is a serious problem. In an editorial in the April 7 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, a team of doctors wrote: "It does not matter whether we believe that guns kill people or that people kill people with guns—the result is the same: a public health crisis."

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Guns in this nation have gone way over the top of keeping you safe at home and used for sports. Without controls to stop criminals and the mentally ill from having access to them, this nation is nothing more than a thug nation "under god".
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Guns in this nation have gone way over the top of keeping you safe at home and used for sports. Without controls to stop criminals and the mentally ill from having access to them, this nation is nothing more than a thug nation "under god".
the 2nd amendment is not about hunting it is to protect us from government.
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Guns in this nation have gone way over the top of keeping you safe at home and used for sports. Without controls to stop criminals and the mentally ill from having access to them, this nation is nothing more than a thug nation "under god".
Guns in this Nation haven't gone over the top, Fatherless families that produce gang banging kids with guns have, secular godless people have made it seem ignorant to believe in Gods word, stealing is OK as long as one doesn't get caught, abortion is just a easily obtainable convenience, flash mobs and smash and grab gangs of teenagers are now common occurrences. This Liberal, Progressive attitude is why our Country is going to hell.
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More pathetic gun control attempts by Mother Jones, and Marxists everywhere.


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Old April 15th, 2015, 06:27 PM   #5
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Guns in this nation have gone way over the top of keeping you safe at home and used for sports. Without controls to stop criminals and the mentally ill from having access to them, this nation is nothing more than a thug nation "under god".
When was the last time a gun was indicted?
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the 2nd amendment is not about hunting it is to protect us from government.
Read it again.
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Oh, look. the porno king has put up pictures. Not quite as graphic as the exploited picture of a young girl, but picture nevertheless. he does this when he's lost in the discussion.

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Oh, look. the porno king has put up pictures. Not quite as graphic as the exploited picture of a young girl, but picture nevertheless. he does this when he's lost in the discussion.

Porno king.
Naww, this is the real porno king.
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Guns in this Nation haven't gone over the top, Fatherless families that produce gang banging kids with guns have, secular godless people have made it seem ignorant to believe in Gods word, stealing is OK as long as one doesn't get caught, abortion is just a easily obtainable convenience, flash mobs and smash and grab gangs of teenagers are now common occurrences. This Liberal, Progressive attitude is why out Country is going to hell.
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Fewer Americans Own Guns Than Ever ? But Those Who Do Own a Lot of Them - Mic

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There are between 270 million and 310 million guns in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center. As Pew points out, that's about one gun for every man, woman and child in the country. But according to the results of a new national survey, more and more of those guns belong to fewer and fewer people.

According to the General Social Survey, a 3,500-page collection of facts and figures published by the National Opinion Research Center, American gun ownership is now roughly at its lowest level in almost 40 years.

The data: In 2014, roughly 32% of American households reported owning at least one firearm, down from more than half between 1976 and 1982, according to NORC. The center also reported that 39% of white respondents reported owning guns, while only 18.1% of black responders did, and that gun ownership spiked significantly as the income levels of respondents increased. NORC attributed the drop primarily to a decline in the popularity of hunting — according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of hunting licenses, tags and permits stamps issued to American hunters decreased from 21,621,584 in 1969 to 2,954,757 in 2013.

Source: AJ Mast/AP

How can we have more guns than ever, but fewer gun owners? Because those who do own guns own a lot more than they used to. It's part of a longer trend: According to a study published in the Injury Prevention Journal, the top quintile of American gun owners possess roughly 65% of America's guns. Part of that is due to guns being marketed to people who already own guns: Since most firearms advertisements are placed in publications read by gun enthusiasts, they're the ones most likely to purchase the newest model. Additionally, guns are viewed as a "specialty item" by many who carry. A gun that can take down an elk isn't going to be as useful for shooting rabbits.

The National Rifle Association has done all it can to ensure that whoever is buying guns has unfettered access to them. When President Barack Obama tried to revive the the Assault Weapons Ban in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed, the NRA stopped him cold. Attempts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban armor-piercing bullets have also been stymied by the NRA and its vocal 3.1 million-person membership.

The NRA has dominated so completely that new gun legislation is now pushing the envelope into what once might have been unthinkable. In 2014, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law potentially allowing guns in school zones, churches and even bars. Deal, an A-rated NRA-backed governor, was quoted on CNN saying it was "a great day to reaffirm our liberties."
These aren't democrats. And the gun violence comes from the right wing militia groups as much as from gangs. Democrats want to close the loophole whereby gangs and felons can't get guns. The right wing gun owners don't want that closed. That's not children gang bangers getting the guns they shouldn't have; that's the right wingers not wanting that felon loophole closed, imho.
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