It’s astonishing to learn that the odds of dying from a gun homicide in Japan are approximately one in 10 million, roughly the same likelihood of an American being killed by a lightning strike. This fact is so surprising because here at home, gun violence is a constant. It’s relentless. It’s an everyday nightmare made all the more heartbreaking – because we know it’s preventable if we take the proper steps.
Last year alone, there were more than 58,000 gun violence incidents in the U.S. – and nearly 3,800 of them involved a child or teenager being injured or killed. More than 40% of Americans know someone who has been shot – that’s 128 million people with firsthand experience of this ongoing crisis. The gun lobby’s response to numbers like these? Deny and downplay them, because that’s the best way to push their agenda in Washington, D.C.
The gun lobby wants us in the dark when it comes to understanding the true toll that gun violence takes on our communities nationwide. But we can’t let them control the conversation. Will you take our quick quiz below to see how much you know about the extent of the gun violence crisis in the U.S.?