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State of the Armed Union

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D

In the first 274 days of 2015, there were 294 mass shootings (yes, that is more than 1 per day). As a nation, there were over 39,000 gun incidents leading to 10,104 deaths and 20,544 injuries so far in 2015.

For points of comparison

When we hear that 11,000 people have died in one year of Ebola, infant mortality, stomach cancer, and terrorism, there is a huge public health and national security effort to combat each and every situation through research, screenings, and efforts that often limit individual liberty. But when 10,000 people per year die of gunshots, the response is silence, prayer, or calls for more guns.

What can we do to change this state of armed affairs?

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