Yesterday’s tragic shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana—which ended with two people killed and several injured when a gunman opened fire—was just the most recent in a seeming spike of gun violence. Last week, we saw a fatal shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. And, of course, a gunman visited a massacre on a Charleston, South Carolina, church last month.

The truth is, the statistics about gun violence in the United States are staggering. And it’s time we all start taking note.

Since 2011, there has been a public mass shooting, on average, every 64 days (counting only shootings where four or more victims were killed).

Between direct medical costs, lost quality of life and lost wages and productivity, Gun violence costs the American economy $229 billion each year—that’s $700 per American.

At least 750,000 Americans were injured by a gun in the last 10 years. 320,000 were killed.

Gun Control is getting less popular. A 2013 Gallup poll found 37 percent of Americans thought gun laws were fine as-is, and 49 percent thought they needed to be more strict. As a comparison, in 1990, 17 percent thought gun laws were fine as-is, and 78 percent thought they needed to be more strict.

There are 5.5 million firearms made in the U.S. every year.

In 2014, 31 percent of American households (and 38 percent in the South) reported having a gun.

  1. The Brady campaign is not a reliable source.n fact, calculating the statistics from the CDC, less than 2 percent of all firearm deaths in the United States are the result of accidental shootings.The overwhelming majority is from gang and drug violence.

  2. The point is keeping those from illegally obtaining firearms. No matter the restrictions criminals will not abide by the rules of “gun free zones.” Law abiding citizens will pay the price. They won’t be able to defend themselves. 459 people are murdered in Chicago; they have one of the toughest gun laws. Notice the mass shootings occur in “gun free zones.”

  3. Biblical context?

    “Love your enemies.”

    “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

    “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”

  4. As a female, safety is a constant worry for me while I walk around town, drive/walk/run at night, or simply sit in my own home. Attacks in these settings may not happen often, but when you hear the stories of those that have been the victims of these unknown perpetrators, it makes your blood run cold. I have taken self-defense classes and I have a huge dog, but I also own a gun. I feel safer and more in control if something bad were to ever happen. I had to go through many channels to get my gun, but guess what, those people that kill and murder with guns did not get those legally and did not go through the same channels as I did. So let us look at all of this for what it is…if we want to make people jump through more hoops to own a gun, fine, but don’t take mine away so that I cannot defend myself against those who illegally acquire guns or who meet me at a street corner with a knife or a heavy fist. Evil creeps up in every corner of the world because this is a fallen world, not because of guns. To combat the violence that involves guns, let’s concentrate more on helping individuals with mental disorders, preventing terror attacks, and catching those who illegally buy and sell firearms and other items that promote evil acts.

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