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Monday, January 21, 2013

Gun Nuts: The Total Gun Appreciation Day Toll

Posted by on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Of shootings, deaths, injuries on Gun Appreciation Day.

Via Kos.


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Max Solomon 1
i'd love to see this become a daily feature: American Mayhem Today.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM · Report this
Chicago, IL shows up five times here: Why? A high percentage of "government tyranny" here, a lack of mental health facilities, toxic waste in the water, superlax gun laws? Prohibition's been dead for eighty years, right? Did anyone tell Chicago this?
Posted by Chicago, Chicago that gun-lovin' town on January 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 3
I hope you have success. The Stranger ignores my suggestions, or maybe they're just taking a shit on me. American Mayhem Today has a good reality show ring to it. Good Luck!
Posted by dnt trust me on January 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM · Report this
there was an anti-obama, pro-gun banner ad in the sidebar of the Stranger home page.

why does the stranger take $ from these kinds of ads? i dont get it.
Posted by Cassette tape fan on January 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM · Report this
@2 Correcting myself. "The War on Drugs." To say more would be to call attention to demographics SLOG posters don't like to recognize, like socioeconomic status or criminal status.

"...gang-against-gang shootings, have not been spread evenly across this city. Instead, they have mostly taken place in neighborhoods west and south of Chicago’s gleaming downtown towers.

"There have been 516 murders this year in Chicago, most with guns, and most in a handful of neighborhoods of the city. (2012) There are approximately 11,000 firearms homicides in the US each year."

July 2011, there were 2,707,120 people living in the city of Chicago, estimated. Population estimate for the US is 311,587,816.

19.06085 shootings / 10000 Chicagoans
3.53005 shootings / 10000 Americans nationally

One recent comparison dramatized the danger in Chicago by pointing out that more people have been killed in Chicago this year than the number of American troops killed since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.

How about St. Louse?
July 2011 pop 318,069
2012 113 homicides
35.5269 homicides per 10000 St Louisans

I bet jobs and education would reduce these homicide statistics. So sad that America's Heartland Cities don't give a shit.
Posted by Greens, Grits and Guns on January 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 6
@4: I'm pretty sure the ads are from Google or another 3rd party reseller, not seen by Stranger staff.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on January 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM · Report this
My God! The dozens of accidents! Surely we must impinge upon the constitution to stop the anarchy!
Posted by NancyBalls on January 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM · Report this
@7 I am glad you're back to belittle the deaths of others.
Posted by CbytheSea on January 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM · Report this
Apparently there is someone celebrating the 2nd amendment tonight on top of Gorditos in greenwood along with some unwilling guests. Hopefully they all go home safe tonight.
Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood on January 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM · Report this
Greenwood gun guy arrested. Hostage ok. Details on Phinnywood blog.
Posted by david on January 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM · Report this
I think the important part of this ongoing attention to the domestic and accidental deaths is that it gives lie to the concept of a firearm being self protection. We all know that guns are many times more likely to kill either the owner or the family of the owner than a 'bad guy.' So yeah, making this into a 'thing' that people have a bit more of an opportunity to pay attention to is a good plan. I'd love it to be on a more high profile sort of outlet...Maybe a counter in the corner of a morning paper or some such?
Posted by Chris Jury on January 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM · Report this
Amnt 12
@1 It could also be called the Confirmation Bias thread.

Do bad things sometimes happen involving guns? Of course, any any gun owner would be stupid to deny that. It's a bit country with a lot of people, a lot of guns, and a pretty good number of people who shouldn't have guns for reasons of criminality or stupidity.

We can reduce the negative effects through focusing on the root causes of violence and emphasizing safety to reduce accidents. I would actually be in favor of a mandatory gun safety class/test if it were properly implemented.

Or would could use the Slog model of abstinence only/just say no.
Posted by Amnt on January 21, 2013 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Slate is actually keeping a running total of the gun deaths since Newtown.

Tally as of this morning? 1109 deaths. Sorry, it's now up to 1111.…
Posted by infrequentposter on January 22, 2013 at 6:55 AM · Report this
Keister Button 14
@9 and @10 The "2nd Amendment" fan who celebrated either MLK Jr Day or Gun Appreciation Day at N 85th and Greenwood last night has fourteen past criminal charges, about half of them as a juvenile offender, mostly for thefts and robberies, and is ineligible to possess a firearm.

The courts probably keep letting him out until he steals enough to pay off his fines.

Posted by Keister Button on January 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 15
@12: but is the sheer volume of "bad things sometimes happening involving guns" in the forefront of the public's mind? i say it is not, and that is a large reason that guns are treated as toys in this country.

i'd be OK with it if there was a category in the daily mayhem recount that noted justified self-defense.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 16
@13: thanks for that link.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM · Report this
Kinison 17
List is misleading, its tallying all the gun related incidents that happened that day. The list would make sense if those gun related incidents occurred at gun shows, or gun rallies.

Otherwise, you would easily count the number of murders that occurred on MLK day and come to a similar conclusion that the holiday or its followers support or advocate violence (which clearly they dont).
Posted by Kinison on January 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM · Report this
blip 18
@17 The list is not misleading, you just missed the point.
Posted by blip on January 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Gun Appreciation Day killed more people than Sandy Hook. Way to disprove all your own points, NRA.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on January 23, 2013 at 12:10 AM · Report this

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