Over 1,000 gun deaths since Sandy Hook
Slate has joined forces with the twitter feed @GunDeaths to track the number of Americans killed by guns since the Newtown massacre on December 14, 2012. As of today, that number stands at a staggering 1,045 people. And those are just the gun deaths that have been reported. That’s why Slate’s editors caution that their tally is “incomplete” given that ”Suicides, which are estimated to make up as much as 60 percent of gun deaths, typically go unreported.”
Still, over a thousand gun deaths in just over a month is unacceptable. And this doesn’t even take into account the number of people injured by guns. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence estimates that 97,820 people are shot in America every year. That’s 268 people a day.
I can’t believe we as a country are willing to tolerate this level of carnage.