MORE YOUNG AMERİCANS NOW DİE FROM GUNS THAN CARS
Dan Diamond/Forbes Magazine
The United States is one of the
greatest nations in the world. But compared to our peers, we’re one of the
worst when it comes to gun violence.
In America, you can be shot at
an elementary school. You can be murdered at a church or movie theatre.
You can even be executed on
live TV — and yet there’s no real expectation of gun reform.
Gun-related violence and death
is a real public health problem in America, researchers say. And these three
charts illustrate why.
deaths in America wildly outpace our peer nations
More than 32,000 people per
year are killed by guns in the United States — at least.
The total number’s incomplete
because some gun-related deaths are left out of CDC statistics, Adrienne
LaFrance wrote at The Atlantic earlier this year. That’s partly because of
privacy concerns, the mystery over some police-related shooting data … and the
political consequences of taking on the gun lobby, LaFrance points out.
Notably, the CDC has avoided
some research into gun-related injury, and the Washington Post suggests that “fear and funding shortfalls” are to blame.
(Researchers have repeatedly
called on the CDC to better study firearm-related injuries and deaths, Todd
Frankel writes at the Post, given concerns within the scientific
community “that gun violence as a public health problem was being
Advocates of gun control reform
say that America’s lack of regulation around guns — compared to our stricter
rules for automobiles, appliances, and practically everything else — are to
“Overall, the CDC numbers
indicate that gun deaths are trending somewhat upward as motor vehicle deaths
continue on a steady decline, thanks in large measure to serious government
safety regulation aimed at reducing fatalities and injuries that is notably missing
in the sphere of firearms,” Dorothy Samuels wrote at the New York Times last year.
“In fact, guns remain the only
consumer product not regulated at the federal level for health and safety, in
keeping with the wishes of the gun industry and compliant lawmakers,” she
3. It’s not just
murders: Gun violence touches thousands of innocent lives
More than 11,000 people are
murdered by guns every year. But America’s gun violence problem goes far beyond
homicides: Most gun-related deaths are by suicide. Hundreds of innocent
children have been unintentionally shot and killed in the past five years,
according to an Everytown for Gun Safety 2014 report.
For Everytown’s report,
researchers examined one year — December 2013 through December 2014 — of
unintentional shooting records. And based on available data, toddlers were
disproportionately likely to suffer from a self-inflicted gunshot death.
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