Tragedy of Vegas shooting another in long line of statistics

Statistics show how prevalent gun violence is in the United States.

Aki Takashiro and Solomon Smith, Staff Writers

With the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas , gun control promptly came to the forefront of public discourse and the statistics continue to underline the increasing dangers.  

The number of instances of gun violence in the United States is a continuing problem.  According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit corporation which tracks firearm-related incidents, 46,759 gun-related incidents have already occurred in the U. S. since Jan. 1, 2017. Of those shootings 273 were mass shootings and incidents involving police.  This year alone, 11,743 people have been killed by guns, and  23,747 people have been injured–2,987 of which were minors under the age of 17.

“How many more parents need to bury their children before Congress acknowledges the need to take action to reduce gun violence? #StopTheHate,” tweeted Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D).

Merkley’s sentiment is one that is often expressed after a terrible event but the statistics remain alarming.  Vox reported that there have been more than 1,500 mass shootings and 1,715 people killed with 6,089 wounded in the United States since the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut back in December 2012. That mass shooting was one of the biggest in American history, at the time,  killing 20 children and seven adults, including the shooter.  

Recently, according to an article by CNN, the National Rifle Association and congress have agreed to consider legislation on the bump stock (but not banning) that allowed the Vegas slaughter to happen but some think this may not be enough.

When asked about this issue on Megyn Kelly Today, journalist Tome Brockaw put it this way, “We are where we are because of the power of people who wanted these kinds of guns, and the NRA managed to organize them and get them as a political force in America.”  He goes on to say, “So the question is, if you’re not happy with what has happened, your individual obligation as a citizen is to organize on the other side.”

Brockaw continued to advocate for political action from the voter before he was abruptly cut off for what Kelly called a “hard” break and espoused on the virtues of the Second Amendment, and the right to bear arms.

Owning a firearm and exercising the Second Amendment is is not a problem for U.S. citizens. According to a data blog by The Guardian, 270million of the 320 million civilians in the United States owns firearm.

This equates to 88.8 of every 100 people owning a firearm, making America number one in civilian gun ownership, and 28 in the firearm murder rate. There were 9,146 homicides by firearms last year, which is 2.97 per 100,000 of the population.

With six times as many homicides as Canada, and 297 times as many as Japan America is one of the wealthiest countries with one of the worst rates of gun violence among its population.  

3 comments

  1. This article is so misleading and only takes portions of The Guardians blog. Yes, there is approximately 265m firearms owned by American civilians, however that does not take into consideration of multiple guns per individual. That same article

    ( https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/15/the-gun-numbers-just-3-of-american-adults-own-a-collective-133m-firearms )

    also states that:

    “Most of America’s gun owners have relatively modest collections, with the majority of gun owners having an average of just three guns, and nearly half owning just one or two, according to a 2015 survey by Harvard and Northeastern researchers, which gave the most in-depth estimate of Americans’ current patterns of gun ownerships.

    But America’s gun super-owners, have amassed huge collections. Just 3% of American adults own a collective 133m firearms – half of America’s total gun stock. These owners have collections that range from eight to 140 guns, the 2015 study found. Their average collection: 17 guns each.”

    So as informative as this article appears to be, it is misleading. It is pretty comical how the editorial staff of this paper allow misleading information, and do not fact check their numbers and sources.

    According to that quoted article, only an average of 37% of Americans own a firearm. I for one, enjoy owning multiple pairs of “shoes” as the story compares ownership of multiple firearms. I personally began owning guns when i was 13 years old, and my collection is enough for most of my neighborhoods accountability of gun ownership according this this ridiculous article of misleading facts.

    Matthew Roninson, I love your comment about how Los Angeles is a “body bag capital of the United States” but yet this is again just a misleading fact. Los Angeles doesn’t even fall on the top 30 Cities with the highest murder rates in the United States.

    Nice try.

    1-St. Louis, Missouri – Murder per 100k People: 59.29 – # of Reported Murders: 188

    2-Baltimore, Maryland – Murder per 100k People: 55.37 – # of Reported Murders: 344

    3-Detroit, Michigan – Murder per 100k People: 43.82 – # of Reported Murders: 295

    4-New Orleans, Louisiana – Murder per 100k People: 41.68 – # of Reported Murders: 164

    5-Birmingham, Alabama – Murder per 100k People: 37.21 – # of Reported Murders: 79

    6-Jackson, Mississippi – Murder per 100k People: 31.08 – # of Reported Murders: 53

    7-Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Murder per 100k People: 26.23 – # of Reported Murders: 60

    8-Hartford, Connecticut – Murder per 100k People: 25.69 – # of Reported Murders: 32

    9-Salinas, California – Murder per 100k People: 25.29 – # of Reported Murders: 40

    10-Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Murder per 100k People: 24.15 – # of Reported Murders: 145

    11-Washington, District Of Columbia – Murder per 100k People: 24.1 – # of Reported Murders: 162

    12-Kansas City, Missouri – Murder per 100k People: 23.03 – # of Reported Murders: 109

    13-Savannah, Georgia – Murder per 100k People: 22.48 – # of Reported Murders: 54

    14-Cincinnati, Ohio – Murder per 100k People: 22.11 – # of Reported Murders: 66

    15-West Palm Beach, Florida – Murder per 100k People: 20.97 – # of Reported Murders: 22

    16-Memphis, Tennessee – Murder per 100k People: 20.52 – # of Reported Murders: 135

    17-Oakland, California – Murder per 100k People: 20.33 – # of Reported Murders: 85

    18-San Bernardino, California – Murder per 100k People: 20.26 – # of Reported Murders: 44

    19-Atlanta, Georgia – Murder per 100k People: 20.23 – # of Reported Murders: 94

    20-Richmond, Virginia – Murder per 100k People: 19.47 – # of Reported Murders: 43

    21-Kansas City, Kansas – Murder per 100k People: 18.62 – # of Reported Murders: 28

    22-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Murder per 100k People: 18.57 – # of Reported Murders: 57

    23-Dayton, Ohio – Murder per 100k People: 18.48 – # of Reported Murders: 26

    24-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Murder per 100k People: 17.86 – # of Reported Murders: 280

    25-Chicago, Illinois – Murder per 100k People: 17.52 – # of Reported Murders: 478

    26-North Charleston, South Carolina – Murder per 100k People: 17.42 – # of Reported Murders: 19

    27-Miami, Florida – Murder per 100k People: 17.14 – # of Reported Murders: 75

    28-Indianapolis, Indiana – Murder per 100k People: 17.12 – # of Reported Murders: 148

    29-South Bend, Indiana – Murder per 100k People: 16.79 – # of Reported Murders: 17

    30-Waco, Texas – Murder per 100k People: 16.74 – # of Reported Murders: 22

    http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/national/the-cities-with-the-highest-murder-rates-in-the-us/collection_0e7dd367-2f62-5822-b849-97f4e9a43e3d.html#4

  2. Man, the second to last paragraph of this article scares the heck out of me. 88.8 out of every 100 Americans owns a gun? And that statistic doesn’t even include the amount of guns in the hands of these savage criminals.

    On top of that here in Los Angeles County, this is one of the body bag capitals of the United States. LA doesn’t have mass shootings, what this city does have is senseless violence which is the killing of innocent people by these darn gangs and regular street thugs.

    The LAPD, the Sheriffs, and city precincts don’t run or control the streets of LA, these gangs do. These Latino, Black, and Polynesian gangs can kill ANYBODY in this entire county any time they feel like it.

    Why? Because gun usage is out of control in LA and all over America. So sad.

    1. This article is so misleading and only takes portions of The Guardians blog. Yes, there is approximately 265m firearms owned by American civilians, however that does not take into consideration of multiple guns per individual. That same article

      ( https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/15/the-gun-numbers-just-3-of-american-adults-own-a-collective-133m-firearms )

      also states that:

      “Most of America’s gun owners have relatively modest collections, with the majority of gun owners having an average of just three guns, and nearly half owning just one or two, according to a 2015 survey by Harvard and Northeastern researchers, which gave the most in-depth estimate of Americans’ current patterns of gun ownerships.

      But America’s gun super-owners, have amassed huge collections. Just 3% of American adults own a collective 133m firearms – half of America’s total gun stock. These owners have collections that range from eight to 140 guns, the 2015 study found. Their average collection: 17 guns each.”

      So as informative as this article appears to be, it is misleading. It is pretty comical how the editorial staff of this paper allow misleading information, and do not fact check their numbers and sources.

      According to that quoted article, only an average of 37% of Americans own a firearm. I for one, enjoy owning multiple pairs of “shoes” as the story compares ownership of multiple firearms. I personally began owning guns when i was 13 years old, and my collection is enough for most of my neighborhoods accountability of gun ownership according this this ridiculous article of misleading facts.

      Matthew Roninson, I love your comment about how Los Angeles is a “body bag capital of the United States” but yet this is again just a misleading fact. Los Angeles doesn’t even fall on the top 30 Cities with the highest murder rates in the United States.

      Nice try.

      1-St. Louis, Missouri – Murder per 100k People: 59.29 – # of Reported Murders: 188

      2-Baltimore, Maryland – Murder per 100k People: 55.37 – # of Reported Murders: 344

      3-Detroit, Michigan – Murder per 100k People: 43.82 – # of Reported Murders: 295

      4-New Orleans, Louisiana – Murder per 100k People: 41.68 – # of Reported Murders: 164

      5-Birmingham, Alabama – Murder per 100k People: 37.21 – # of Reported Murders: 79

      6-Jackson, Mississippi – Murder per 100k People: 31.08 – # of Reported Murders: 53

      7-Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Murder per 100k People: 26.23 – # of Reported Murders: 60

      8-Hartford, Connecticut – Murder per 100k People: 25.69 – # of Reported Murders: 32

      9-Salinas, California – Murder per 100k People: 25.29 – # of Reported Murders: 40

      10-Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Murder per 100k People: 24.15 – # of Reported Murders: 145

      11-Washington, District Of Columbia – Murder per 100k People: 24.1 – # of Reported Murders: 162

      12-Kansas City, Missouri – Murder per 100k People: 23.03 – # of Reported Murders: 109

      13-Savannah, Georgia – Murder per 100k People: 22.48 – # of Reported Murders: 54

      14-Cincinnati, Ohio – Murder per 100k People: 22.11 – # of Reported Murders: 66

      15-West Palm Beach, Florida – Murder per 100k People: 20.97 – # of Reported Murders: 22

      16-Memphis, Tennessee – Murder per 100k People: 20.52 – # of Reported Murders: 135

      17-Oakland, California – Murder per 100k People: 20.33 – # of Reported Murders: 85

      18-San Bernardino, California – Murder per 100k People: 20.26 – # of Reported Murders: 44

      19-Atlanta, Georgia – Murder per 100k People: 20.23 – # of Reported Murders: 94

      20-Richmond, Virginia – Murder per 100k People: 19.47 – # of Reported Murders: 43

      21-Kansas City, Kansas – Murder per 100k People: 18.62 – # of Reported Murders: 28

      22-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Murder per 100k People: 18.57 – # of Reported Murders: 57

      23-Dayton, Ohio – Murder per 100k People: 18.48 – # of Reported Murders: 26

      24-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Murder per 100k People: 17.86 – # of Reported Murders: 280

      25-Chicago, Illinois – Murder per 100k People: 17.52 – # of Reported Murders: 478

      26-North Charleston, South Carolina – Murder per 100k People: 17.42 – # of Reported Murders: 19

      27-Miami, Florida – Murder per 100k People: 17.14 – # of Reported Murders: 75

      28-Indianapolis, Indiana – Murder per 100k People: 17.12 – # of Reported Murders: 148

      29-South Bend, Indiana – Murder per 100k People: 16.79 – # of Reported Murders: 17

      30-Waco, Texas – Murder per 100k People: 16.74 – # of Reported Murders: 22

      http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/national/the-cities-with-the-highest-murder-rates-in-the-us/collection_0e7dd367-2f62-5822-b849-97f4e9a43e3d.html#4

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