Number Of Gun Deaths Have Surpassed All Wars America Has Fought In

I don’t know which one America is more: gun happy or war hungry.

In June 1968, Robert F. Kennedy, who was running for President of the United States, was assassinated by Sirhan Sirham. Shot multiple times while he walked through the kitchen of a hotel in California, he died a day later at the hospital and just months before he was murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. met a similar fate.

Since 1968, more Americans have died as a result of gun-violence than they have in all of America’s wars combined since the Revolution in the 1770s. Nicholas Kristof, writing in the New York Times, reminds us of this perverse and utterly heartbreaking fact after the slaying of two journalists on air in Virginia.

The Congressional Research Service shows us just how many people have died in each conflict since the American Revolution:

  • Revolutionary War – 4,435
  • War of 1812 – 2,260
  • Mexican War – 13,283
  • Civil War – 750,000
  • Spanish American War – 2,446
  • World War I – 116,516
  • World War II – 405,399
  • Korean – 36,574
  • Vietnam – 58,220
  • Persian Gulf – 383
  • Afghanistan – 2,363
  • Iraq – 4,492
  • Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Haiti conflicts – 362

That adds up to 1,396,733 Americans. That’s not even counting the number of veterans who have taken their lives as a result of the trauma of these wars. In today’s United States, that number has reached a peak of almost 22 a day because wars never really end on the battlefield.

The Center for Disease Control has issued its own reports from 1994 on gun-related deaths between 1968 and 1980 and then similar reports documenting 1981 to 2013. The data from 2014 to now have been estimated based on trends from 2011-2013, when the last comprehensive study was organized. Here’s what was found:

  • Between 1968 and 1980, 377,000 Americans died from gun-related injuries
  • Between 1981 and 1998, 620,525 Americans died from gun-related injuries
  • Between 1999 and 2013, 464,033 Americans died from gun-related injuries
  • Estimates for 2014 show approximately 33,183 Americans died from gun-related injuries
  • Estimates for 2015 (so far) show approximately 22,122 Americans (and counting as this is being written) have died from gun-related injuries.

That number comes to a startling 1,516,863 Americans killed by the end of a chamber. More Americans have died in their own country at the hands of their fellow citizens than they have defending our nation against the British, Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, ISIS and every other foreign enemy.

Let that sink in. More Americans have died here at home because of guns than they have defending our freedoms overseas in all of America’s existence.

Don’t tell me we don’t have a problem. Don’t tell me we don’t live in a crazy, violent gun culture that ignores the very real issue of mentally ill getting their hands on these weapons. Mentally ill people aren’t just using these weapons for homicides – they’re using them for suicides. According to the CDC, 63 percent of these gun-related deaths were from suicides, 33 percent were from homicides, ad 1 percent each were from accidents, legal interventions and undetermined causes.

Remember when I said the war-casualties didn’t factor in suicides for our veterans? Many of these gun suicides are our veterans, who lack adequate resources to deal with PTSD. Don’t tell me we can’t do something to fix it.

There is something terribly wrong in the hearts and minds of Americans when this overtakes world-wide conflicts.

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