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A year since Newtown, and… December 13, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Slate’s ongoing tally of (reported) gun deaths in America since Newtown, through December 13.

And what they’ve learned from the process. “You can’t point to any disease that kills this many people. There’d be an enormous outcry if we only spent $10 million on cancer in children, for example. This is the way the conversation needs to go.”

It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944.”

Gerardo I. Hernandez [was] the first Transportation Security Agency officer killed in the line of duty since TSA’s founding after 9/11” — and it wasn’t anything to do with a foreign terrorist, it was domestic gun violence.

Unarmed woman shot to death while driving in a car with her infant child. Good job, police! Way to go.

Unarmed teenager shot in the back of the head after knocking on someone’s door, then getting no answer and turning to go. Apparently she had been in a car accident, and her cell phone died. Apparently the shooter claimed “self-defense.”

Another guy claims “self-defense” after pulling a gun on a mom and her four kids who weren’t moving fast enough for him in a parking lot.

Lucas’s father, Joshua Heagren, had tried to teach the 3-year-old to respect firearms.” You can guess how this story ends. Gun accidents are the ninth-leading cause of unintentional deaths among children ages 1 to 14, and an NYT investigation suggests the numbers may be badly undercounted.

“Two North Carolina parents are facing multiple charges after police said that one 3-year-old child accidentally shot another 3-year-old child near Asheboro this week.

“The FBI also estimates that, in states where a background check is required for every handgun sale, 38 percent fewer women are shot and killed by abusive partners.”



1. gunsafetypro - December 14, 2013

Is Slate still counting the dead Boston bomber as a “victim” as well?

Erin Ptah - December 14, 2013

The Slate site deliberately doesn’t use the word “victim”, and neither do I. He died by a gun in the US; he belongs on a list of US gun deaths. It’s a list of facts, not a list of moral judgments.

As someone who lives and works in Boston, I don’t appreciate quotes about the bombers being faked in order to whip up false controversy.

gunsafetypro - December 14, 2013

MAIG actually did read out Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name during a memorial rally for among the names of crime victims and unintentional gunshot victims.

gunsafetypro - December 14, 2013


Slate and Bloomberg’s group would count Osama Bin Laden as a “victim of US gun violence” if they could get away with it.

Erin Ptah - December 14, 2013

Mmmm, first trying to invoke an unrelated group that I have not cited, then throwing around baseless hyperbolic attacks! That sure is a good way of making the point that…well, I’m not sure you *have* a point, but you sure are making something.

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