Over 16,000 people shot in the United States this year

The Majority Should Trump The Minority

Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

The Majority Should Trump The Minority

According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, over 16,000 people in the United States were shot this year.  Slate is reporting that 2363 people have been killed by guns since the Newtown tragedy on December 14th.  In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, the United States ranked at No. 1.  The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in the United States is 270,000,000.  Gun deaths by year:

2011: 32,163

2010: 31,672

2009: 31,347

2008: 31,593

2007: 31,224

2006: 30,896

2005: 30,694

2004: 29,569

2003: 30,136

2002: 30,242

2001: 29,573

2000: 28,663

1999: 28,874

To put it into perspective, the total for 2011 is about eight times the number of our military killed in the invasion of Iraq.

Percentage of gun owners in the United States; 10.

To those in Congress who have chosen not to act on the proposed change in gun laws, I ask; “Who are you representing?”  You are not concerned with the majority of the voting public, you support the 10%.  More truthfully, you only have ears for a lobby, the NRA.

Why is that?  Is it the money you receive in the form of campaign contributions, trips, and gifts?

It’s just plain common sense that we make the three changes proposed by the President, law enforcement agencies, and activist groups.  These are three minor changes that in no way affect gun ownership or the spirit of the second amendment.  They are:  More thorough background checks of all would-be gun purchasers;  Banning assault rifles of the type used in Aurora and at Sandy Hook Elementary;  Eliminate high-output magazines.

The biggest problem with any idea that is logical and just plain common sense, is that the opposition will tell blatant lies, and create enough emotion by the supposition of “never-going-to-happen” scenarios, that many will follow and refuse to see the truth.

We have become a nation of followers.  We have few respected leaders to help us “do the right thing”.  Our President is asking us to do just that, act on a minor change in our society to protect the innocent.

I am not naïve enough to think this will stop murder by guns.  But if by taking action we could save 1, 20, 100, or a 1000 lives a year, it’s worth it.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

6 Responses to "Over 16,000 people shot in the United States this year"

  1. Russ   March 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

    And HOW many of those 16,000+ were convicted felons with illegal weapons that still should have been in prison?? Crappy journalism there.

  2. Rikkisan   March 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    The author lost all credibility as soon as I saw “According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence…” and I didn’t waste time reading. That organization has zero with anyone that relies on facts and any degree of critical thinking. A manipulative, emotion driven organization.

    I suggest you research and find a credible source.

  3. FamilyMan   March 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    “The Majority Should Trump The Minority”???? Seriously? Study some history.
    We have the Constitution to protect the minority from the majority. Just because one
    is in the majority that does not make the right. Read up on Civil Rights.

    And don’t say people don’t need certain guns. These are the same guns that the
    police have to protect themselves AND they are not the first responders, the citizen
    at the scene is the first responder. And don’t forget the police are NOT obligated
    to protect you (look it up).

    If you want to get rid of all guns then just say so and work on repealing the Second
    Amendement or move to London.

  4. JCM (@JCM1776)   March 1, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Brady is an anti-gun advocacy group. If you are going to use numbers at least use CDC numbers. 2010, the last year we have a complete data set, just over 9000 people died from firearm homicides. The vast majority around 21,000 are suicide.

    Beyond the numbers is the PURPOSE of the Second Amendment. The American Revolution, the shooting part started when the British marched on Lexington and Concord…. to confiscate the colonist arms.

    The Second Amendment is the cure to that situation, to place arms in the hands of the the people. To be able to defend the republic against tyranny.

    In the last century tyrannical states, that disarmed their populations, murdered on average more than 1 million a year.

    There is no perfect solution, only better solutions. The better solution is clearly and armed and free people.

  5. Ron   March 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Using Brady Campaign numbers? Really? Just how obtuse do you think the American public is?

  6. russell lagrone   March 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    But how many died from dwi., hammers , knives doctors malpractice,heart failure from being obease how many in the world were killed in drone attacks and how about aboritions . your not helping it seems your part of the problen most gun owners are honest citizensand you are attacking them. choose your side wisley your very life could depend on it. make no mistake gun owners will not lie down why should we we have the guns.


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