More proof: Too many guns on the street

WOW! Look what I found

There is a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); that’s the organization which has had access to statistics on gun violence for years, but were prevented from compiling or releasing it because of legislation supported by the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) because it would prove that the number of guns on the street is the cause for gun violence. In an ABC announcement, it was the Dickey Amendment in 1997 which cut off all the funding for any statistics that promoted gun control. But this all changed with the Orlando massacre, and the CDC has now come up with a startling study that reveals the “staggering” toll of guns on children in the United States.

The CDC reports there are 1,300 kids who die from guns every year, another 5,790 are wounded from handguns, rifles and shotguns. The CBS article reports

“The tally makes gunshot wounds the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17 years.”

The study includes children from 0 to 17 and…

“About 19 children a day die or are medically treated in an emergency department for a gunshot wound in the U.S.,” study author Katherine Fowler, a behavioral scientist at the CDC, told CBS News.

And this is even worse, 53% of these gun deaths among children were homicides. Equally tragic, 38% were suicides. In some cases, the latter due to the fact that stupid adults leave a firearm unattended where they are easily accessible to children. Fowler added…

“The majority of these children are boys, 13 to 17 years old, and African-American in the case of firearm homicide, and non-Hispanic white and American Indian/Alaska Native in the case of firearm suicide.”

Suicide rates among young people have jumped significantly since 2007…60%, at least 25% suffering from mental health problems. And I cannot emphasize this enough, in many cases these youngsters turn to a gun to take their life…simply because it is there. Available. Right in front of them, unattended. Take a look at this collection: Death by Gun: Top 20 States with Highest Rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doctors ask parents whether they keep a gun in the home; Dr. David Wesson, a pediatric surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital said, “The more guns there are, the more people die of gunshot injuries.” Yes, more guns on the street mean more gun deaths.

ABC also mentioned an earlier released fact that with more research, “…automobile-related deaths have steadily decreased in recent decades thanks to safety measures like airbags, seat belts and anti-lock brakes.” Yet, with all the statistics we have on gun violence, we continue to have 28,807 gun caused incidents a year, resulting in 7,160 deaths, according to the 2017 Gun Violence Archive. Here’s a quote from a top research expert on what that field can accomplish in an issue like gun violence…

“Mary Woolley, the president of Research!America, a nonprofit organization that advocates for making medical and health research a higher national priority, pointed out how public health research has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, from diminished tobacco use to increased use of bike helmets and additional safeguards to reduce child drownings in pools.”

Yet Congress, primarily Republicans, has helped Wayne LaPierre and his National Rifle Assn. (NRA) block this helpful tool from being used, when the CDC has all the means able to capture these statistics except the budget that the congressional gun-lovers refuse to provide. Therefore, 7,160 innocent people were killed in 2016, 1,330 of them young children. How a rational human being cannot understand this–I’m speaking of those fighting gun control laws–is more than I can understand. And I am sure I speak for all those families of the 1,300 kids who were killed and another almost 5,000 wounded by gun violence. it’s downright pathetic.

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, “I Also Have No Sympathy for Steve Scalise,” I agree with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who was burned at the stake like Manny Schewitz, that Scalise is basically a scumbag. Here’s the take of Reid’s guest, Rev. Dr. William Barber after a gay Capitol police officer named Crystal Griner came to Scalise’s rescue in the shooting…

“If a lesbian person saved your life, you should not go forward being homophobic. If you almost died, but your life was saved because you got health care, then you should apply that ethic and want everybody else to get that same health care that you have.”

That’s about as simple as it gets, but way too complicated for Republican minds, especially Mitch McConnell’s.



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