On Chicago’s last Independence day there were only 66 people shot; I say “only” because it was the lowest in almost a decade. But already this July 4, weekend, 39 have been shot and four are dead. Now, the windy-city is number one in the nation for gun violence with its gang problem in black neighborhoods, but still a prime example of too many guns on the streets. “At least 1,776 people have been shot in the city this year, 310 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. “At least 1,776 people have been shot in the city this year, 310 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.” More from Chicago’s NBC News…
- “On Saturday, Chicago Police touted a 14 percent decline in shootings this year compared to the first six months of 2016, and they hope to tamp down the holiday weekend violence with the help of a new gun violence strike force that includes ATF agents.”
The Gun Violence Archive reports enough gun violence in the last 72 hours to cover 12 pages, 25 incidents throughout the U.S. per page on eleven pages, 15 on the last. Folks, that’s a total of 290 times someone has been shot by a gun since just last Thursday. This should be completely unacceptable to the American public, and apparently the trend is toward more gun control, not gun rights, as I reported in a recent post, “Gun nuts losing ground to sensible gun control.” There was a march across the Golden Gate bridge Sunday protesting gun violence, one of 500 throughout the country. The cry was…
- “Thirty-three-thousand people are killed by gun violence every year,” said Moms Demand Action spokesperson Jen Reidy. “We have 20 times more violence than any other first-world country.”
Reidy also said, “We’re not here to take everyone’s guns away, we [are] saying that convicted criminals and people with known histories of domestic violence should not have access to guns.” The gun nuts should take some comfort in this statement, which I often believe is meant just to appease the radical gun owners. That’s fine to a point, but we definitely have to take away any assault rifle in any household for personal reasons and prohibit any sales of them and high capacity magazines in the future. Also, concealed carry permits should be limited only to those requiring them, like law enforcement. Keep your gun at home or lose it.
Going back to 2015, gun violence over the 4th of July weekend, close to 400 people were shot, 107 killed, 283 wounded. And this was probably conservative, considering the reporting methods. This compared to 2014, “when nearly 400 incidents between July 4 to 6 resulted in 173 fatalities and 347 injuries.” The Trace reports, “Data paints a complete picture of a bloody holiday weekend.” For some reason I cannot find specific figures on 2016 4th of July gun violence, so I’ll provide totals for the year from the Gun Violence Archive…
- Total deaths 15,063
- Number of injuries 30,613
- Number of children up to age 17 killed or injured 3,765
- Mass shootings 384
Based on the totals above, and considering the numbers for 2015, I calculated the figures for 2016 were approximately 119 deaths, 321 wounded, an increase over 2015. With the recent outbreaks and general gun violence across the country increasing, 2017 could e an even bloodier showdown.
And how about a comparison by countries. In Western Europe, the U.S. is highest in gun deaths with 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people. Central and Eastern Europe, we’re number 2, with Albania on top. In the Americas, we fare much better, scoring 12th out of 18. In North Africa and Middle East we’re 2nd after Iraq. There are more that you can see here.
It’s “Let’s Face It” time and the only way something will get done is if the American public becomes involved in a complete revolt against gun violence which must include the expunction of the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) and its leader, Wayne LaPierre. Until the NRA is abolished along with the lowlife that runs it, the United States will not be safe from gun violence.