￼It’s almost the end of October and it’s less than two weeks until the Presidential election, yet I don’t remember hearing anything about gun violence from our President or his challenger.
It has been six weeks today since the anniversary of 9/11. I can still remember what it felt like six weeks after 9/11/2001. So it was natural that my mind went to the 9/11 attacks when I read the following information in on bradycampaign.org
DID YOU KNOW? In one year on average, almost 100,000 people in America are shot or killed with a gun.
In one year, 31,593 people died from gun violence and 66,769 people survived gun injuries (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control) (NCIPC). That includes:
12,179 people murdered and 44,466 people shot in an attack (NCIPC).
18,223 people who killed themselves and 3,031 people who survived a suicide attempt with a gun (NCIPC).
592 people who were killed unintentionally and 18,610 who were shot unintentionally but survived (NCIPC).
After reading that, I got to thinking. If we just count the deaths by guns in one year, that is more than ten times the number of people killed in the 9/11 attacks. (Actually, it is more than eleven times but we’ll use the number ten just to be conservative.) That is more than ten 9/11s every single year. Ten times the number of family members in mourning. Ten times the parents who must bury their children. What we need is a war on guns, not a war on terror. Terror is an emotion. You can’t have a war on an emotion anyway, but a gun is real and we can (and should) have a war on gun laws that allow 100,000 Americans to be killed and/or injured by a gun each and every year. There has never been a death reported due to marijuana, but our government spends billions of dollars trying to eradicate it, but not a word about the guns that kill at least 10 times the number of Americans every year that were killed in the 9/11 attacks. I think this issue deserves a mention from the person who wants to lead our country.
Imagine how many people those deaths effect. There are brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children, friends, husbands, wives, employers and coworkers all who will be effected by one bullet from one gun and they will be effected for the rest of their lives, should they be “lucky enough” to be one of the survivors. All those people for each of the 100,000 people killed or injured by a gun will have their lives undeniably altered forever.
There was a very informative article in New York Magazine titled 9/11 by the Numbers. You can see it here. In this article I learned that 1,609 people lost a spouse or partner in the 9/11 attacks and that approximately 3,051 children lost a parent.
If we multiply by ten the number of people who lost partners or spouses (16,090) and the number of children who lost parents (30,510) we get approximately the number of partners, spouses and children who lost the most important person in their life because of a gun. The numbers are devastating and we haven’t even counted the parents who lost children, brothers who lost sisters, grandparents who buried their grandchildren, etc. The fact is it is easier to get a gun in this country than it is to adopt a pet. Yet we haven’t heard anything about this epidemic from the two men vying for the Presidency.
We have more than ten 9/11s every single year – year after year after year after year – from gun violence. It seems to me that its time we changed our gun laws so they make sense for our society instead of making money for gunmakers. But what do I know? I’m just someone’s mom, someone’s wife, someone’s Grammy, someone’s sister, someone’s daughter . . .