02 October 2015

#tokfriday: Math, Reason, and #GunViolence in America


Yesterday at a community college in southern Oregon 10 people were killed and 7 wounded in a mass shooting by a lone gunman. The numbers associated with the gun violence in the United States seem to suggest that the US has a unique gun death problem among its peer group countries. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in 2012, there have been 986 mass shootings in the United States. Americans are 40% more likely to be killed by a gun than Brits. Etcetera. President Obama, in his 15th address after mass shootings during his presidency, challenged the news media to publish a graph that plotted the number of US citizens killed in terrorist attacks against the number of US citizens killed due to "gun violence." However, in the past 7 years, no major gun legislation has been passed, and many states have loosened their gun laws through legislation, not strengthened them.

The KQ

Other TOK Links

Emotion, Human Sciences, Ethics

The Short Article

Deaths from terrorism and gun homicide, 2001-2011

Further Reading

In graphics: America's guns | To keep and bear arms

Gun violence in America, in 17 maps and charts

American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph

U.S. Deaths From Gun Violence And Terrorism In Comparison [Infograpic]http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/10/02/u-s-deaths-from-gun-violence-and-terrorism-in-comparison-infograpic/?utm_campaign=Forbes&utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_channel=Business&linkId=17544026

More Americans have died in the last year from gun violence than in the last 40 years from terror attackshttp://www.businessinsider.com/more-americans-have-die-from-gun-violence-than-terror-attacks-2015-10?utm_content=buffer395c3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

President Obama is right that guns kill more Americans than terrorism. So do lots of other things.http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/27/obama-is-right-that-guns-kill-more-americans-than-terrorism-so-do-lots-of-things/


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