|Gun violence pervades American culture. Some say that if we were all armed with handguns, our all too frequent tragedies would not occur. This implies that if you do not "pack heat" you are to blame for what happens to you. Were the Amish school children to blame? How about the children at Cleveland Elementary School? The six-year old at the Aurora movie theater? No, of course not. Hopefully you can help one of the organizations listed here to reduce gun violence.|
|Please consider donating to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.|
Why another Columbine HS, Platte Canyon HS, Nickel Mines Amish, Heath HS, Frontier Jr. HS, Cleveland ES? Facts about Kids and Guns.
Shock, Sympathy and Denunciation of U.S. Gun Laws
|Some further useful links: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and ProtectPolice.org
and God Not Guns
The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
|Here are your state's gun laws|
FIREARM LAWS & INFO
What the NRA leaders say - unreal.
The looser the gun laws, the more likely a child is to be killed by a handgun
|IN ONE YEAR (all ages)|
More than 100,000 people in America were shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.
30,896 people died from gun violence
12,791 people murdered.
16,883 people killed themselves.
642 people killed accidentally.
360 killed by police intervention.
220 died but intent was not known.
|69,863 people survived gun injuries |
48,676 people injured in an attack.
4,291 people injured in a suicide attempt.
15,698 people shot accidentally.
1,198 people shot in a police intervention.
|IN ONE YEAR (ages 0-19)|
More than 20,784 American children and teens were shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, or by police intervention.
3,218 kids died from gun violence
2,225 children and teens murdered.
763 children and teens killed themselves.
154 children and teens killed accidentally.
34 killed by police intervention.
42 died but the intent was unknown.
|17,566 kids survived gun injuries |
12,864 injured in an attack.
494 injured in a suicide attempt.
4,165 shot accidentally.
43 shot in a police intervention.
|EVERY DAY (on average)|
Every day, 276 people in America, 57 of them children and teens were shot in murders, assaults, suicides, accidents, and police intervention.
Every day, 85 people die from gun violence, 35 of them murdered.
Every day, 9 children and teens die from gun violence.
Every day, 191 people are shot, but survive their gun injuries.
Every day, 48 children and teens are shot, but survive their gun injuries.
|Sensible Gun Laws Save Lives: www.bradycampaign.org |
Data Source: CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (2006 (deaths) and 2007 (injuries), most recent year available),