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There Have Been 47,220 Gun Incidents In The U.S. In 2018 And Only 3.1% Involve The Defensive Use of Weapons (#GotBitcoin?)

As rich, advanced and accomplished as the country might be, the U.S. has somehow not been up to the task of coping with the plague of gun violence. There Have Been 47,220 Gun Incidents In The U.S. In 2018 And Only 3.1% Involve The Defensive Use of Weapons 

But as the country comes to grips with yet another mass murder carried out by an angry man with a deadly weapon, it is perhaps time to review how often Americans turn to guns to express discontent, hate and prejudice against their compatriots.

In 2018 alone, including the most recent carnage at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, there have been 47,220 gun-related incidents resulting in 11,984 deaths in the United States, according to data compiled by Gun Violence Archive, an independent data-collection and research group.

That breaks down to 157 incidents and 40 deaths a day. Of the total fatalities, 548 were children, while 2,321 were teenagers.

There are, of course, arguments from staunch gun-rights supporters that an armed citizenry is a safer citizenry.

Nothing stops a bad guy with a gun like a good guy with a gun, is a popular National Rifle Association talking point.

And President Trump pondered aloud on Saturday whether guns inside the synagogue might have led to a less tragic outcome. But among the 2018 shooting incidents, only 1,478 cases, or 3.1% of the total to date, involved the defensive use of weapons.

President Trump, asked about gun laws, says the Pittsburgh synagogue should have had armed security at the bris and the gunman wouldn’t be able to do what he did pic.twitter.com/y9Cq59wPM5

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) October 27, 2018

In Pittsburgh, eight people were killed at the Tree of Life synagogue by a suspect shouting, “All Jews must die,” according to KDKA.

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