In 2008, 20,000 children were injured by guns.
In 2011, 9000 plus Americans were murdered with guns.
Between 2008-09 almost 6000 kids were killed with guns in America.
Every year close to 90 preschoolers are killed with guns.
That's close to twice the number of cops shot, per year.
What are acceptable numbers?
I'm not being facetious.
And once you've decided on what numbers you could live with, ask how much the laws would have to change, to say, reduce gun murders by 5000/year. A assault weapons ban wouldn't do that. Neither would a "larger clip" ban.
These are serious issues and we will NEVER get something if we can't say specifically what we're trying to achieve. And we can't say what we want to achieve if we don't KNOW.
So what do you want, and what will it take.
Data from here:
I know that we like to "organize" and make "rational" decisions. That's our nature, but before you start agitating for policy change, ask yourself: will this change get me what I want?
What do you want?
I know many folks want SOMETHING to change sooner than later, but now, when we have a chance to get SOME change, shouldn't we be aiming for more than a 2% reduction in gun accidents over the next decade, for example.
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