Here are Some Facts About Gun Violence Republicans Really Don’t Want People Talking About

gun violenceI’m not here to argue about guns. To be perfectly honest, I’m not interested in any back and forth rhetoric about what we should do about America’s very real gun violence problem. We’ve all seen these debates take place time and time again. The truth is, almost everything that can be said has been said.

So what I wanted to do was simply list facts. That’s it.

In this country there are an estimated 270-310 million guns – the highest civilian gun ownership rate in the world.

The estimated population of the United States in the year 2015 is 320 million people. This means we have nearly as many guns in this country as human beings – yet we lead the modern world in gun violence.

Here are the states that lead the country in per capita gun violence:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alaska
  4. Wyoming
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Montana
  7. Arkansas
  8. Alabama
  9. New Mexico
  10. South Carolina

All of those states are very pro-gun and most are strongly Republican.

The following is a dated list of some of the mass shootings we’ve experienced over the last several years:

  • April 16, 2007: 32 killed at Virginia Tech.
  • April 3, 2009: 13 killed in Binghamton, NY at an immigration services center.
  • November 5, 2009: 13 killed at Fort Hood, TX.
  • January 8, 2011: 6 killed in Tucson, AZ – the day Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head.
  • July 20, 2012: 12 killed at a movie theater in Aurora, CO.
  • August 5, 2012: 6 killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
  • December 14, 2012: 26 killed, including 20 first graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary.
  • September 16, 2013: 12 killed at the Washington Navy Yard.
  • April 2, 2014: 3 killed in another shooting at Fort Hood, TX.
  • May 23, 2014: 6 killed near the campus of the University of California in Santa Barbara.
  • June 18, 2015: 9 killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
  • July 16, 2015: 5 killed (4 Marines and one Navy sailor) at two different military centers in Chattanooga, TN.
  • October 1, 2015: 9 killed at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
  • November 29, 2015: 3 killed at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs.
  • December 2, 2015: 14 killed in San Bernardino, CA.
  • June 12, 2016: 50 killed in Orlando, FL.

And those are only a fraction of the mass shootings we’ve had over that time span.

Currently right now in the United States it’s perfectly legal for someone who’s been deemed too dangerous to fly (a terror suspect on the no-fly list) to go out and buy pretty much as many guns and as much ammunition as they want.

Expanding universal background checks is supported by 88 percent of Americans – yet we can’t get Republicans in Congress to send that bill to the president’s desk for him to sign.

To summarize:

  • We have more guns than any other nation on the planet.
  • We lead the modern world in per capita gun violence.
  • The states that lead the country in gun violence are all pro-gun states, mostly led by Republicans.
  • We lead the modern world in the number of mass shootings.
  • Despite our harsh rhetoric on terrorism, it’s currently legal for suspected terrorists to buy guns in this country.
  • We can’t get a bill to expand background checks through Congress – even though almost 90 percent of Americans support it.

Despite all these guns, gun deaths, loopholes that allow suspected terrorists to buy guns and our increasingly high frequency of mass shootings – Republicans don’t want to do a damn thing to address any of it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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