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.
Americans are much, much more likely to be killed by guns than people in other countries – The Washington Post – The numbers they found suggest that a person is much, much more likely to be killed by a gun in the United States than in any of these other countries, and it isn’t remotely close. The gun homicide rate in the United States was more than 25 times higher than in other high-income countries, according to a new study in the American Journal of Medicine that examined death rates per 100,000 people.In the United States, the overall homicide rate is seven times higher than these other countries, while the homicide rate when discounting guns was 2.7 times higher, the study said. Washington Post
Once Per Day, an American Kid Brings a Gun to School – In the first half of the academic year — from late August, when many districts started classes, to January 15, when many concluded the second report-card period — there were at least 135 incidents in which elementary, middle, and high school students were caught bringing guns into America’s schools. The number is an update to The Trace’s reporting in November, which found 77 such incidents in the first three months of the school year. All told, a handgun has been discovered in the possession of a child more than once a school day. The Trace
Itasca County teen charged in friend’s shooting death | – “Charwood told the investigators that he typically loads the gun outside the residence and that he was not sure why he decided to load it inside. He stated that the shooting was accidental and that he and Graciano were “best friends” and “like brothers.” An autopsy found that Graciano died of a single gunshot wound. The bullet, which was found lodged in the bedroom wall, entered his upper torso and exited through his neck, according to the report.” Duluth News Tribune
Questions linger after homeowner shoots, kills accidental intruder | – “Many questions remain unanswered since a fatal shooting in the 6500 block of North Assembly over the weekend after a man shot who believed to be an intruder in his home. That person he thought was an intruder turned out to be a neighbor. When Spokane police arrived, they found a man outside of the home with a gunshot wound. He later succumbed to his wounds.” KXLY
Deputies: Man in serious condition after being shot in the face – ” A man is in serious condition after he shot himself in the face in what is believed to be an accidental shooting. According to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, deputies responded to a call of a shooting at 9:20 p.m. Monday at the Woodglen Village Apartments, located in the 11100 block of West Montgomery Road in northwest Houston.” KHOU
16-Year-Old Accused Of Shooting 14-Year-Old To Be Tried As Juvenile – – ” A southern Indiana teen accused of killing a younger boy will not be charged as an adult.
Police say a 14-year-old was shot and killed Jan. 20 by a 16-year-old in a subdivision off State Road 62 near Charlestown.
Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel won’t say what led up to the shooting, but says he believes the two teens knew each other.” WBIW.com
Death of father who died of gunshot to head while driving ruled accidental, but questions remain – – “The state medical examiner’s office has ruled as accidental the shooting death of a Chesterfield County father who was wounded while driving his children to a fishing trip last fall, but precisely how he was shot remains a mystery.
Nicholas Clavier, 32, died of a gunshot wound to his head when a gun — likely his own — discharged inside his family’s vehicle Oct. 24 as he was driving with his four children to spend that Saturday afternoon fishing, a favorite family pastime.” Richmond Times-Dispatch
Life of teen honored at vigil while friends & family plead for youth to put guns down | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | – ” Family members of the 16-year-old shot and killed last Friday in Bolton Hill are pleading with Baltimore youth to put down guns. Police say Darius Bardney’s death appears to be accidental.Tuesday night, hundreds gathered at a vigil for the teen. He was killed at the Pedestal Gardens apartment complex on McMechen Street, where he lived. “Darius was a nice, sweet, humble young man. This was a tragic accident. This should never have happened,” says friend Queta C.” Fox Baltimore
Family of slain 8-year-old pursues charges against gunman | Local News – – “The family of an 8-year-old Louisville boy who was shot and killed wants prosecutors to file charges in the case.The man who had the gun says the weapon accidentally fired.Andre Lamont O’Neal died just hours after he was shot at a baby sitter’s home.” WLKY
Colorado Springs gun range patron shoots husband by accident – – “Colorado Springs police are investigating after a firing range patron shot a family member with a handgun on Friday morning.The Gazette reported that the case involved a wife wounding her husband by accident with a handgun.Officers were called about 11:45 a.m. to the Magnum Shooting Center on the 13300 block of Meadowgrass Drive where they found the wounded person.” The Denver Post