While there is no way we could chronicle all of tragic, absurd dangers the cult of gundamentalism has inflicted on the United States, it’s important to occasionally highlight the human face and overwhelming magnitude of the crisis of gun deaths in the United States. This periodic feature is designed to expose those realities as well as show the truth about the “good guy with a gun” myth.
3-year-old dies after accidental shooting at Lumberton store :: WRAL.com – “A 3-year-old died Sunday after accidentally shooting himself at a store in Lumberton, police said. Officers responded to the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at about 11 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report about an accidental shooting.” WRAL.com
Four-year-old girl injured in accidental shooting – “A four-year-old girl was injured Sunday afternoon by the accidental discharge of a firearm in a home on Sandpiper Court, Orchard Park Police tell us.” WGRZ.com
Student suffers gunshot wound to leg in accidental shooting at Sig Sauer Academy | New Hampshire – “A civilian student suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the leg during firearms training at Sig Sauer Academy Wednesday night, police said.” Union Leader
Trump said more people with guns would stop gun violence. Here’s how we know he’s wrong. – Vox – “Trump was articulating the “good guy with a gun” myth: the idea that the answer to shootings — like those in San Bernardino, California, and Paris — is having more people with guns to stop violent perpetrators. But the research very clearly shows that Trump is wrong. Time and time again, the empirical research has found that more guns lead to more gun deaths, and that the US’s easy access to guns in fact contributes to gun homicides.” Vox
Gun Deaths Now Outpace Motor Vehicle Deaths in 21 States | – “A new study by the organization I head, the Violence Policy Center, finds that gun deaths now outpace motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and the District of Columbia. The number of states where gun deaths exceed motor vehicle deaths has increased from just 10 states in 2009 to 21 states in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available.” Huffington Post
New Study Finds Gap Between Gun Deaths in the U.S. and Other Advanced Nations Is Getting Wider – The Trace
Ohio father fatally shoots suspected intruder who turned out to be his teen son – – “A Cincinnati father shot and killed his 14-year-old son when police said he mistook the teen for an intruder. Police told the Associated Press that the man thought his son had gone to school Tuesday morning, but the teen went back home. The man, who was not identified by authorities, heard noise in the basement, grabbed his gun and went to check it out.” The Washington Post