Posted By Levi
April 3rd, 2012 8:14pm
Yet another horrible round of gun violence; 7 students dead. This comes on the heels of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida which has engulfed the nation for the past two weeks. Every year in this country guns kill more people than the numbers of Americans killed in the past 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A few days ago the Children’s Defense Fund released its most recent data on gun violence in America. Here are some of the report’s chilling statistics:
• In 2008, 2,947 children and teens died from guns in the United States and 2,793 died in 2009 for a total of 5,740—one child or teen every three hours, eight every day, 55 every week for two years.
The 5,740 children and teens killed by guns in 2008 and 2009:
• Would fill more than 229 public school classrooms of 25 students each;
• Was greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,013).
• Black children and teens accounted for 45 percent of all child and teen gun deaths in 2008 and 2009 but were only 15 percent of the total child population.
• The leading cause of death among Black teens ages 15 to 19 in 2008 and 2009 was gun homicide. For White teens 15 to 19 it was motor vehicle accidents followed by gun homicide in 2008 and gun suicide in 2009.
When are Americans going to say enough is enough? When are we going to demand that our leaders, both at the state and federal levels, passed common sense laws to protect our children? Instead of addressing the problem of gun violence, some states have passed stupid laws that will only exacerbate the problem.
In Kansas and Utah, they passed laws that say it’s ok to carry guns in or near schools.
Florida has the Stand-Your-Ground law that led to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Recently, they passed another law that will punish doctors if they asked their patients about guns in the home .
And not to be outdone, Arizona passed a law naming the Colt single action army revolver as an official state emblem. Yes, that’s Arizona, the state in which a Congresswoman was almost assassinated.
Utah also has an official state gun – Browning M1911 automatic pistol
Very few political leaders are willing to stand up to the National Rifle Association – the powerful gun lobby that stands in the way of every sensible measure to curb gun violence. One of the few groups of politicians willing to oppose the NRA is Mayors Against Illegal Guns led by the mayors of New York City and Boston – Michael Bloomberg and Thomas M. Menino. They have advanced serious proposals, if become law, could reduce gun violence significantly. You can read about them here.
In the meantime, the killing fields continue.