This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org
Numbers don’t lie. Sometimes we wish they did.
Here’s a fact for you: more Americans have been killed by guns over the last 50 years, than every war the U.S. has ever engaged in since its founding. Yes, including the Civil War.
That’s a grim picture to stomach. Still, because of things like the Dickey Amendment implemented in 1996 and NRA lobbying, scientists are not even permitted to participate in gun violence research. Didn’t know that? It’s true. Take a look HERE. Only in the good ole’ U.S. of A.
Even Mr. Dickey himself, an Arkansas Republican, has stated recently that he is starting to rethink his own Amendment. Why aren’t other Republicans? They seem to be as ‘gung-ho’ as ever.
In an interview with the Huffington post, he stated:
“I wish we had started the proper research and kept it going all this time. I have regrets.”
Here are the numbers:
Since the U.S. was founded, about 1.17 million people have died in combat serving their country. In comparison, guns on American streets have killed more than 1.49 million since 1968. That’s not including pre-1968 numbers. There isn’t enough reliable data past this point, but it’s not needed to make the point. Guns are bad kids.
This isn’t to say Americans don’t have the right to have guns. There is the Second Amendment after all. We just recognize how dangerous the situation really is. This further underscores the need for responsible gun control legislation. The latest mass shootings that killed 14 people in California on Wednesday just makes the topic more pressing.
Here’s another statistic for thought: there have been more mass shootings so far than there have been days in the year. In a country that’s responsible for 31 percent of the world’s total in this area, that comes out to 355 mass shootings. We’re still only in the beginning months of December so expect that number to rise.
We need to do something, and do it now. How many more shootings will it take?
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