Friday, April 17, 2015

What does a firearm homicide cost?

A lot more than you might think according to this study reported in motherjones.com (h/t Julie Erfle via Facebook).

HOW MUCH DOES gun violence cost our country? It's a question we've been looking into at Mother Jones ever since the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, left 58 injured and 12 dead. How much care would the survivors and the victims' families need? What would be the effects on the broader community, and how far out would those costs ripple? As we've continued to investigate gun violence, one of our more startling discoveries is that nobody really knows.

Why the lack of solid data? A prime reason is that the National Rifle Association and other influential gun rights advocates have long pressured political leaders to shut down research related to firearms.

What you don't know can hurt you - in the pocketbook.

AT $229 BILLION, THE toll from gun violence would have been $47 billion more than Apple's 2014 worldwide revenue and $88 billion more than what the US government budgeted for education that year. Divvied up among every man, woman, and child in the United States, it would work out to more than $700 per person.

And that figure is an underestimate. Think of it as $700 that you personally pay for your 2nd Amendment rights - or those rights claimed by others.

Check out the full article for a gut wrenching story of a survivor of gun violence and videos and graphics.

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