The psychological and emotional toll of gun violence on bystanders, victims, and families can be overwhelming and leaves effects that last for years. What about the costs we can count? In addition to the trauma that is so deep and pervasive that it is harder to quantify, there are actual costs to gun violence that can be measured and are enormous.
Connecticut was the birthplace of the firearms industry in America, and it remains the country's seventh-largest producer firearms. But in the wake of the Newtown shooting, there is talk of bipartisan support in the Connecticut legislature for tougher gun laws.