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Gun-Violence

“In more than half of American homes where there are both children and firearms, according to a 2000 study, the weapons are in an unlocked place, and in more than 40 percent of homes, guns without a trigger lock are in an unlocked place. Almost three-quarters of children under the age of ten who live in homes with guns say they know where the guns are. A 2005 study showed that more than 1.69 million children and youth under eighteen live in homes with weapons that are loaded and unlocked. According to a Department of Education study, 65% of school shootings between 1974 and 2000 were carried out with a gun from the attacker's home or the home of a relative. And the laws, it seems, are effective. One study indicated that in the twelve states where child-access prevention laws were on the books for at least one year, unintentional gun deaths fell by 23 percent.”    - Gary Younge ; Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives


"I read something very powerful to me today. It was from the point of view of a teacher. And I quote: 'When adults tell me, 'I have the right to own a gun,' all I can hear is 'My right to own a gun outweighs your students' right to live.’ All I can hear is 'Mine, mine, mine, mine.'"    - Emma Gonzalez (Senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived the Parkland High School Shooting) ; Speech given in Fort Lauderdale, FL; February 17, 2018


“So long as you have a society with a lot of guns- and America has more guns per capita than any other county in the world- children will be at risk of being shot. The questions are how much risk, and what, if anything, is being done to minimize it? If one thinks of various ways in which commonplace items, from car seats to medicine bottle tops, have been childproofed, it's clear that society's general desire has been to eliminate as many potential dangers from children as possible, even when the number of those who might be harmed is relatively small. If one child's death is preventable, then the proper question isn't "Why should we do this" but rather "Why shouldn't we?" It would be strange for that principle to apply to everything but guns.”    - Gary Younge ; Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives


“Saying gun control hurts our freedom is a false argument amounting to propaganda. Gun laws don't curtail freedom any more than speed limits or seat belts. You still get to drive your car and have guns, we're just trying to save lives as you do.”    - DaShanne Stokes ; Twitter: 3:01 PM, 3 Oct 2017


“Violence isn't a Democrat or Republican problem. It's an American problem, requiring an American solution.”    - DaShanne Stokes ; Twitter: 12:18 PM - 14 Jun 2017


“Democracy is not simply a license to indulge individual whims and proclivities. It is also holding oneself accountable to some reasonable degree for the conditions of peace and chaos that impact the lives of those who inhabit one’s beloved extended community.”    - Aberjhani ; Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays


“We lose eight children and teenagers to gun violence every day. If a mysterious virus suddenly started killing eight of our children every day, America would mobilize teams of doctors and public health officials. We would move heaven and earth until we found a way to protect our children. But not with gun violence.”    - Elizabeth Warren ; A Fighting Chance


"'Put your sword back in its place,' Jesus said to him, 'for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.'"    - Jesus ; Matthew 26.52


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