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In more support figures, 85% to 90% want background checks for everyone, even private sales at gun shows. 80% want more laws to stop the mentally ill from getting a gun and an overall majority wants the feds to create a database to track gun sales, a ban on assault style weapons, high capacity magazine clips and online ammunition sales. But there is a significant difference between Democrats and Republicans. As an example, on banning semi-automatic weapons, two-thirds of women support the ban; the men are divided.
A student with mental illness and a violent past shot a downtown St. Louis business official yesterday after he lost his financial aid, before shooting himself, according to authorities.
A gunman firing into a parked car at a Kentucky Community College killed a man and woman sitting inside and wounded a girl who was with them. Police suspect it was a domestic dispute, although they haven’t made an arrest.
A dramatic increase in gun violence in Baltimore so far this year continued with three shootings, including the killing of a 17-year-old girl in an alley. No one was arrested.
A typical day includes 30 gun-related murders and 162 wounded by firearms in this country. Another 53 commit suicide with a firearm every day. That breaks down to three people killed by a gun every hour and around 60 people shot during the same time period. The FBI reports that a violent crime occurs every 25.3 seconds. And I’ve reported these figures before, there were 11,422 homicides and 19,392 suicides in 2010 using guns, according to the CDC, and guns were also used either intentionally or accidentally to wound 59,208 people in 2011. And we’re supposed to be a civilized country.