Life in America: where children worry more about getting shot than getting an education

By Robert A. Vella

Can you solve this sociological equation?

A (easy access to guns) + B (a highly competitive society) = C

Multiple choice answers:

  1. Gun violence.
  2. Mass shootings.
  3. Death.
  4. Ruined lives.
  5. All of the above.

If you selected answer #5, you would be correct.

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74 School Shootings Since Sandy Hook


Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of reports that since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death, there have been at least 74 school shootings in America.

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Father of University of California Shooting Victim Speaks Out


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I was sent a video recently by that moved me to tears. In it, the father of a victim of the shooting rampage at the University of California, Santa Barbara was interviewed. Please watch it.

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Thousands Killed by Guns Since Newtown School Shooting

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Using the most recent CDC estimates for yearly deaths by guns in the United States, it is likely that as of Oct. 25, 2013, roughly 28,477 people have died from guns in the U.S. since the Newtown shootings.

Being that the Newtown school shooting last December was one of the worst mass shootings in American history, you’d think that gun control legislation would finally be taken seriously. But is hasn’t.

I hope this disgusts you as much as it disgusts me. Maybe when enough people see these statistics, society will be disgusted enough to do something. has been collecting statistics on every gun death it can find since Newtown, even listing the names of each person killed, as well as dates and locations of deaths. I hope that when people see the names of individuals, it will humanize the tragedy of gun violence. There are also interactive graphs and maps.