During the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Jim Brady was shot and severely wounded. He and his wife Sarah created the Brady Campaign and have led a decades-long quest to prevent gun violence. According to their website, every day 315 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings. And each day, 93 people die from a gun shot. In a remarkable infographic published in the NY Times on October 6, the writer and graphic designer compared the Las Vegas shooting with the daily gun deaths in cities across the United States. The same 58 deaths took 28 days to reach in Chicago. New York took 130 days. Phoenix took 244 days. Let’s do the math. 93 people per day killed times 365 days equals 33,945 deaths each year. The US is a world leader in culture, arts, technology, and representative democracy. But our country is an outlier when it comes to gun violence. Most Americans support universal background checks, permit requirements, and bans on military style assault weapons. Now we need to vote representatives into office who can pass common sense gun legislation. It’s only a matter of time before the next mass shooting. The clock is ticking.
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