Letter: Facts matter

To the Editor:

This week we honor veterans on Memorial Day, and victims and survivors of gun violence on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2. As gun violence continues unabated in our country, it is the appropriate time to review some Facts that matter. The Facts include:

Every day in our country 22 Veterans commit suicide.

97% of Americans support expanded background checks on all firearms.

76% of Americans support a ban on assault weapons.

There have been 288 school shootings in the last 9 years.

In the academic year from 2015-2016 there were 269 reported instances of students caught with guns on school grounds.

All but one of the ten deadliest school shootings in the U.S. took place in a town with fewer than 75,000 residents.

Since 9/11 guns have killed more children than combat soldiers.

The U.S. has 57 times as many school shootings as the other 6 industrialized nations combined.

An estimated 4.6 million American children live in a home where at least one gun is loaded and unsecured.

Mass shootings (4 or more victims) have killed 1,846 people since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

When Assault weapons were banned from 1995-2004, mass shootings dropped by 37%.  After the ban was lifted in 2004, mass shootings spiked 183%

Over 100 gun safety laws have been proposed in Congress and not a single one has passed.

The NRA took $30 million from the Russians and gave it to the Republican National Committee to help elect Trump.

Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are shot. Most of them live.

It costs taxpayers $2.8 billion per year in hospital care to treat gun related injuries.

The states with the strongest gun laws have the lowest rates of homicides and suicides.

Gail Lehmann

Danbury Road, May 28