Letter: How many gun deaths will it take till we know?
To the Editor:
Sunday night, I attended an anti-gun violence vigil, one of many to be held in every state this week. Two years ago I wrote a letter to The Press decrying the paralysis in making gun ownership laws safer. Since Sandy Hook, Dec. 14, 2012, there have been 150,000 gun deaths and we are no closer to remediating this public health crisis.
If there were a disease that took the lives of 85 people a day, 150,000 people in five years, there would be an outcry to eradicate the disease. Yet we are the only developed country in the world with these grave statistics, and our lawmakers suffer paralysis even though 95% of Americans believe in enforcing stricter background checks.
In October in Las Vegas, we endured the greatest mass shooting in the U.S., leaving 58 dead and 546 injured. We have a government sworn to protect its people. Yet it is ironic that the first legislation the House of Representatives chose to pass since Las Vegas was the “conceal and carry” allowing individuals with concealed carry permits to take their guns into states where it is currently illegal (such as Connecticut), thus loosening our gun laws.
We fear the threat of terrorism, but according to the global terrorism index, 25,673 people worldwide were killed in terrorist attacks last year (one would be too many). However, according to the Centers for Disease Control data, more than 38,000 people in America alone died from gun-related injuries last year.
“… how many deaths will it take till he knows. That too many people have died?” (Bob Dylan, Blowin’ in the Wind)