53. Protest the Extremist’s War on Gun Reform

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PROTEST THE EXTREMIST’S WAR ON GUN REFORM

War On Our Safety

In 2013, at least 194 children aged 12 and under were shot and killed in the U.S. There have been 31 school shootings since Columbine, April 20, 1999.

More than 30,000 Americans have been shot to death since 20 children and their 6 teachers died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dec. 14, 2012.

America’s rate of child shooting deaths is 4 times higher than Canada’s and 65 times higher than the United Kingdom’s. School shootings in every other country in the world COMBINED since then is 14.

Still extremists in Congress refuse to pass any gun-control legislation. A bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for gun buyers, ban assault weapons and ban high-capacity gun magazines failed on April 17, 2013. A bipartisan amendment to impose stiff penalties on gun traffickers, which was supported by the N.R.A. was also defeated.

Besides their power to defeat federal gun-control legislation, the National Rifle Association and the other pro-gun extremists are punishing state legislators who support gun control. On September 10, 2013, voters in Colorado (the state that suffered the Columbine massacre of 12 students and a teacher) recalled State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron because they supported gun-control legislation requiring background checks on private gun sales and limited magazine clips to 15 rounds.

It is certain that no gun control legislation will guarantee the end of this killing spree but “the absence of a perfect solution nor opposition from the powerful gun lobby is not an excuse to do nothing – not when some 30 people are killed with guns every day in America.”

TRUTH: 4.5 million guns, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the U.S. every year with an estimated 283 million guns currently in civilian hands. The average number of guns per owner has increased from 4.1 in 1994 to 6.9 in 2004.

CONSEQUENCES: More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in the U.S. More than 30 people are shot and killed each day. One half are between the ages of 18 and 35. One third are under the age of 20.Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds and the primary cause of death among African Americans of that age group. There are more than 10,000 gun homicides in the U.S. every year, less than 50 in Japan, 150 in Germany, Italy, France, less than 200 in Canada.

 

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