It is time for REAL Gun laws and REAL Gun control.
I am tired of seeing unnecessary gun deaths.
Do you realize people are afraid to come and visit the USA because of guns?
I am hosting a gymnast from Australia and our obsession with guns is very difficult to explain.
Once again, Americans are shocked and saddened by an unspeakable act of gun violence. 10 dead and about the same injured and a community will forever be changed.
In a nation with a homicide rate that is nearly seven times higher than the average of other developed countries which have much stricter regulations, the all too regular experience of mass murder committed with firearms in American is tragic and senseless.
We should not have to accept these often preventable acts of violence — about 11,000 homicides committed with firearms per year, or about 30 a day — as our fate.
In his impassioned address in the wake of Thursday’s horrible shooting at an Oregon community college, Obama issued a challenge to the media. “Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side-by-side on your news reports,” he asked.
Here’s what that looks like (at least, for 2001-2011, the period for which we could find the most reliable data quickly courtesy of the State Department, the Justice Department, and the Council on Foreign Relations’ Micah Zenko):
(Vox/Zack Beauchamp/Micah Zenko/Department of Justice)
American citizens killed in terrorist attacks versus firearm homicide deaths in the United States.
Over ten thousand Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that, when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001. This comparison, if anything, understates the gap: far more Americans die every year from (easily preventable) gun suicides than gun homicides.
The point Obama is making is clear: we spend huge amounts of money every year fighting terrorism, yet are unwilling, at the national level, to take even minor steps (like requiring background checks on all gun sales nationally) to stop gun violence.
“We spent over a trillion dollars, and passed countless laws, and devote entire agencies to preventing terrorist attacks on our soil, and rightfully so” Obama said. “And yet we have a Congress that explicitly blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths. How can that be?”