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Thursday, January 30, 2014

AMERICAN DEATHS BY ALL OF OUR WARS COMBINED, OR DEATHS BY DOMESTIC GUN VIOLENCE SINCE 1968... WHICH IS THE HIGHER TOTAL? ( guns don't kill people, you know...)


 
 
          Okay, here's a poser for you to ponder:  If you added up all of the American casualties of every war this country has ever been involved in, from the Revolutionary War to our current quagmire in Afghanistan, would that total number of deaths exceed the number of domestic gun deaths in America since Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968?  Sounds like a simple answer, doesn't it? 

           Mark Shields of PBS Newshour made a statement during a broadcast on December 21, 2012, claiming that more people have been killed by guns in America since Kennedy's assassination than have died in all of our wars combined, and by a sizeable margin, at that.  Folks didn't buy that assumption, and his statistics were double-checked.

            Here are the charts to back up his claim:




            According to those numbers, since only 1968 there have been more than 200,000 more deaths from domestic gun violence than deaths from all wars in our nation's history combined.  And the gun death chart stopped counting at the end of 2011!

             That's a staggering statistic, in my humble opinion, and one I NEVER would have believed possible.

            

6 comments:

Leslie Parsley said...

Boy, has the NRA ever done a number on the American public.

Unknown said...

525,000 total for the US civil war seems AWEFULY conservative an estimate. More recent tabulations range as high as 800,000. Not trying to debunk his point but the war statisticts are not carved in stone.

Unknown said...

525,000 total for the US civil war seems AWEFULY conservative an estimate. More recent tabulations range as high as 800,000. Not trying to debunk his point but the war statisticts are not carved in stone.

Grung_e_Gene said...

I think Unknown is correct. I learned back in the 80's the War of Southern Bigotry and Evil cost over 600,000 lives, but nonetheless it still leaves the stats comparable.

squatlo said...

It's quite possible that Civil War deaths from infections or starvation (Andersonville) weren't taken into account, but I have no way of knowing what criterion were used for the numbers. Even if the war casualties are low-balled, it's important to remember that the domestic gun deaths total only went back to Robert Kennedy's assassination in '68. If we added up all of the gun deaths in our nation's history, I think the numbers would dwarf those of warfare... and I'm still shocked that that's the case. I would have lost big money (with overeager confidence) had I been given the chance to wager.

Ol'Buzzard said...

Gun violence is bad; but war can make an animal out of you.
the Ol'Buzzard