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Over 3000 Americans killed by firearms since Newtown
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:53AM
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At least 3,053 people have been killed by firearms in the U.S. since the Newtown elementary school massacre on December 14, according to a crowd-sourced interactive data collection project between and the Twitter feed @GunDeaths.


Gun related deaths however are probably even higher because not all weapon related deaths get reported to @GunDeaths.


Suicides, which are estimated to make up as much as 60 percent of gun deaths, typically go unreported.




The U.S. has weak federal gun laws and a patchwork of state laws which make it easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.


Thousands of guns sold in the U.S. by gun dealers are recovered in crime scenes a short time after their original sale.


Higher household gun ownership correlates with higher rates of homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings, according to the Harvard Injury Control Center.


Guns kept in the home were 22 times more likely to be used in unintentional shootings, murder or assault, and suicide attempts than in an act of self-defense, according to the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.


Gun violence impacts society in countless ways including medical costs, costs of the criminal justice system, security precautions, and reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence. These impacts are estimated to cost U.S. citizens $100 billion annually, according to the authors of a landmark study by Philip Cook of Stanford University.



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