What sort of price tag do we attach to each of those kids? The cost of a bullet? The cost of the gun that fired the bullet? The cost of a complete background check? The cost of asking before a play date if there's a gun in the house? Is it secure? Is it safely out the reach of our kids?
I was talking to a friend about my anger over the 300 lives lost in our city this year to gun violence. My friend said in an attempt to console me: "It's just the way the world is." I'm not willing to give up that easy.
The gun lobby has been enriching gun manufacturers at the expense of our children's safety for far too long. For years the National Rifle Association has blocked the truth and actively fought against the passage and enforcement of gun safety laws.
A law requiring Levi Reed's grandfather to store his gun safely might have saved Noah McGuire's life. Enough is enough. It is time for responsible citizens everywhere to stand up to the gun lobby and demand that politicians pass common sense gun safety and safe storage laws.
Nationwide, motor vehicle fatalities have steadily declined over decades, the result of careful strategies implemented to reduce deaths on the road. Meanwhile, violent gun deaths have continued unabated.
Gun violence is an urban problem. Gun violence is a suburban, small town, and rural problem. Gun violence is a problem in states with strong gun laws because guns still travel in from states next door.
Although the U.S. accounts for less than 5 percent of the global population, Americans own an estimated 35 to 50 percent of all civilian-owned guns in the world. We can free our nation of this scourge of gun violence.
Gun deaths now outpace motor vehicle deaths in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. That's according to a new analysis by my organization, the Violence Policy Center, of just-released federal firearm and motor vehicle deaths data.