Thursday, July 04, 2013

Weekly reminder

As of July 4, at least 5,715 people had been killed by gunfire in the US since Newtown, at least 61 of them in Massachusetts.

Something to note here, as I will on occasion: The phrase "at least" is important and purposeful, as is the choice of "been killed by" rather than "died as the result of." These are deaths reported in the news media as gathered by Slate and @GunDeaths.

Suicides by gun are rarely reported. The result is that a figure based on CDC estimates, which include suicides, would be 17,086 in the US who have died at the end of a gun since Newtown.

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