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More gun deaths. Lots of preventable ones. June 14, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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(N.B. all of these are heartbreaking, and many of them involve children.)

Slate’s ongoing tally of gun deaths in America since Newtown.

Hey, you know how we have laws against marketing some products, such as cigarettes, to children? Maybe we could have some of those for guns. You know, to forestall things like a 5-year-old accidentally shooting and killing his 2-year-old sister with a “My First Rifle”.

“If a mother from the inner-city of, say, Philadelphia did that, and the kid subsequently shot his sister to death, Fox News never would stop yelling about the crisis in African American communities and the Culture Of Death, and rap music, too. If your culture is telling you that children who have only recently emerged from toddlerhood should have their own guns, then your culture is deadly and dangerous and that should concern you, too.

More: “…the mother left the two children in the car while she went into the house to get something at about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. While she was in the house, the 3-year-old toddler found a loaded pistol in the car and shot the infant in the left cheek near the mouth.

Ka’Nard Allen, 10, is healing from a bullet graze wound on his cheek from the Mother’s Day shooting. In October 2012 Allen also lost his father, Bernard Washington, to violence. His 5-year-old cousin, Briana Allen, was fatally shot and a bullet hit Ka’Nard in the neck during his birthday party last May 29.”

“At the same time that investigators were in the midst of a high-profile manhunt for the marathon bombers that ended on Friday evening, 38 more Americans – with little fanfare – died from gun violence. One was a 22-year old resident of Boston. They are a tiny percentage of the 3,531 Americans killed by guns in the past four months – a total that surpasses the number of Americans who died on 9/11 and is one fewer than the number of US soldiers who lost their lives in combat operations in Iraq.”

And, since that last one: “U.S. Gun Deaths Since Newtown Now Exceed Number Of American Troops Killed In Iraq

“It did not appear to anyone — including me — that residing within my family’s weapons cache might affect my life. Together, my three brothers own at least a dozen weapons and have yet to harm anyone with them. […] As for me, I have three guns, one inherited and two gifts, and I’m hardly a zealot. In fact I never had much interest in guns. Yet it is I who killed a man.

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