Giving Up The Gun?
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mayor Bloomberg's group, rolled into Des Moines with their “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” bus tour.
It's a 25-state, 100 days tour.
I 'd be more impressed if their first and only stop was Chicago.
And the scientific community is united in that fact.
A lot of figures were thrown around, with no sourcing or query from the media.
Per Radio Iowa -- The group’s bus has the number 7738 on it today, representing the number of people who’ve been killed by a gun in the U.S. since the Newton shootings.
If you Google 7738 killed by a gun, the only articles that come up are in reference to this tour.
Slate has the figure, as of this writing, at 6956, but a quick scan shows the inclusion of a Indiana case where a man committed suicide after killing a woman.
In the Cedar Rapids Gazette this figure is cited -- 33 Americans are killed every day with a gun in this great country
But, according to this picture of Mayor Bloomberg
This website has the figure at 31and a half and that criminals make up more than ⅔ of homicide victims.
We must be -- There were an average of 85 gun deaths each day in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Also worth noting -- There have been 61 mass shootings in the U.S. since 1982. The killer used a legally obtained weapon in 49 of them and 60 of those 61 mass murders have occurred in supposedly “gun-free” zones.
The group also read aloud the names of these 7,738 people.
In the past that has included Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlin Tsarnaev and Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police department officer who killed four people, including two cops, in a February shooting spree was among at least 10 suspected killers on the list.
Lastly, there's a website that features a map, that includes Iowa, documenting the instances where a gun has helped innocent Americans protect themselves from criminals.