The United States is reeling from another act of gun violence this week with the murder of three more police officers. This comes after the murder of five police offices a few weeks ago and the murder of a young black man in front of his girlfriend’s daughter.
Gun’s are proving to be a deadly love affair for the people of the United States. One in three people in the U.S. knows someone who has been shot. While 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun.
The State’s love affair with guns is also costing the tax payer $100 billion annually in Medical treatment, criminal justice proceedings and new security precautions put in place. The lifetime medical cost for all gun violence victims in the United States is estimated at $2.3 billion, with almost half the costs borne by taxpayers.
The averages also tell a frightening story. According to the Brady Campaign group, in One Year on Average over 17,000 Americans aged 0-19 are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention. 2,677 kids die from gun violence: 1,671 children and teens are murdered.
That means Every day, 48 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence.
When it comes to mass shootings the number of incidents also highlight the reality in the United States as well. So far in 2016 there has been more than 190, 332 in 2015, 277 in 2014.
When it comes to the sale of guns experts estimate that 40% of gun sales occur in “no questions asked” transactions that often take place over the Internet or at gun shows with no background checks at all.