“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.”

Based on Uncle Joe’s always instinctive insight, US Schools have got some way to go to get up there – but according to many concerned organisations, the USA will achieve a million shooting deaths by 2025. This is just one of the many facts that the latest shooting at Parkland School in Florida, has prompted in what has become a huge fact-fest. Enough facts perhaps, to make the hardest hard-line President blink in some horror, but it appears that the blindingly obvious solution, (which I would never have considered), is to arm everyone in school so that the bad guys get shot before they do real damage.

Here are just a few of the stats, that made me blink faster:

  • In 2012 20 children aged 6-7yo were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut – plus 6 adults and the shooter himself.
  • Since 2012 there have been 1,600 mass shootings, with more 1,800 dead and 6,400 wounded.
  • The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds 31% of global mass shooters. They also hold 42% of all the privately-owned firearms.
  • In 2015, 20% of the 35,905 Americans aged five to 24 who died were killed by guns in some way, shape, or form.
  • During WWII, the USA suffered the loss of 416,800 military personnel killed in service. Since the end of WWII, there have been over 850,000 gun deaths in America.
  • QUOTE “Today is that terrible day you pray never comes,” Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Florida
    • During his legislative career, Rubio has been the beneficiary of $3.3m in campaign spending by the NRA – the 6th highest in Congress.

Simply banning the sale of Assault Rifles would make a huge difference. How do we know this? Mr Statistics is how – and the figures can’t lie. Perhaps the US legislature is simply delaying the day when it won’t matter anymore – because by then we’ll all have become so inured to the wailing noise, we’ll have simply tuned it out.

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