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Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

December 16, 2012

“We’ve just got to stop this” updated

We kill people in schools, we kill them in hospitals, we kill them in religious organizations, we kill them when they’re young, we kill them when they’re old, and we’ve just got to stop this… Nobody questions the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.  But we don’t think the founding fathers had the idea that every man, woman and child could carry an assault weapon.

Michael Bloomberg

In 2009, 31,347 persons died from firearm injuries in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has five pages of regulations about ladders, while federal authorities shrug at serious curbs on firearms. Ladders kill around 300 Americans a year, and guns 30,000.

Nicholas Kristof

There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita. Yemen, a tribal nation with no history of strong central government or the rule of law, comes in a distant second.

CNN

 

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