It’s time to put some things in perspective.
As I write this, at 12:30 p.m. eastern time on August 4, it is the 216th day of 2019.
Based on the statistics at the Gun Violence Archive this is where we stand right now:
So, lets do some averaging to put things in perspective.
So far this year America has maintained:
- A rate of 153 incidents gun related incidents per day.
- Over 40 gun related deaths per day.
- In excess of 80 gun related injuries per day.
- Nearly 2 daily deaths or injuries of children between the ages of birth and 11 years old by guns.
- More than 9 daily deaths or injuries of children between the ages of 12 and 17 due to guns.
- More than one daily mass shooting even with 4 or more victims — not including the shooter — injured or killed by gunfire.
- Nearly 1 officer involved shooting daily that results in the injury or death of a police officer.
- More than 5 officer involved shootings per day that result in the injury or death of a suspect.
- More than 5 uses of a fire arm during a home invasion each day.
- Over 4 defensive uses of a fire arm daily.
- More than 4 unintentional discharges of a fire arm daily.
Keep in mind, that these tallies only include those incidents that were reported and verifiable.
Here are some definitions for their methodology:
Now, let’s also take a look at more than one year. The folks at Gun Violence Archive have been keeping these tallies since 2014.
So, in just over 5.5 years, the United States has experienced:
- 309,626 gun related incidents
- 80,233 deaths as a result of gun violence.
- The injury or deaths of 19,814 children aged 17 and under due to gun violence.
- 1,923 mass shooting events resulting in the injury or death of at least 4 people not including the shooter.
- The injury or death of 1,598 polices officers in officer involved shooting incidents.
- 10,967 suspects injured or killed by police gun fire.
- 13,293 uses of a firearm during a home invasion.
- A defensive use of a firearm 9,798 times.
- 10,386 unintentional discharges of a firearm.
Enough is enough.
Of all the wars the United States has been involved in since its foundation only the American Civil War and two World Wars have claimed more American lives than we have sacrificed in just the last five and half years by our refusal to well-regulate our gun ownership rights.