Commentary

Shocking numbers: Las Vegas tragedy represents only a small uptick in America’s daily carnage

As the people of Las Vegas grapple this morning with the reality of being the latest American city to experience the horror of mass murder, it’s worth noting that America’s insane national obsession with possessing mass killing machines has now reached such an absurd level that even events like last night’s tragedy barely affect the statistics.

Consider the following remarkable data, courtesy of the good people at Everytown for Gun Safety:

  • On an average day, 93 Americans are killed with guns
  • Seven of the 93 of children or teens
  • On average, there are nearly 12,000 gun homicides a year in the U.S.
  • For every one person killed with guns, two more are injured
  • 62% of firearm deaths are suicides
  • In an average month, 50 women int he U.S. are shot by their intimate partners
  • America’s gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average for other developed countries
  • Background checks have blocked nearly 3 million sales to prohibited people
  • Black men are are 14 times more likely than white men to be shot and killed with guns
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of the woman being shot and killed by 500%

Check Also

National think tank: Why Raleigh should be among top five Amazon finalists

There are lots of legitimate concerns about Raleigh’s ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Nothing is off the table when it comes to Republican judicial reform, and a former Wake County judge [...]

On a cozy autumn evening at the luxurious Umstead Hotel in Cary, a medley of corporate luminaries, s [...]

A fix for North Carolina’s class size crisis in March? A GOP senator from Wake County tells his cons [...]

Back in September, the N.C. Historical Commission put off a decision on removing three Confederate m [...]

It was a snowy and shortened work week for a lot of people in North Carolina, but unfortunately, tha [...]

Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher educa [...]

Latest racist attacks on immigrants could be an important tipping point As bleak as our national pol [...]

Grand constitutional questions in this country aren’t settled until the Supreme Court has its say, e [...]

Upcoming Events

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more