My daughter posted this article - "A Day in the Death of America" - from the The Guardian, June 8, 2007 on her Facebook page. Although it is from 2007 it is sadly still relevant today. It follows one 24 hour period in the United States and the deaths due to gun in children under 19. If the average number of gun deaths of children under 19 still stands at 9 as referenced in the article, and I have no reason to think that it has decreased, then since this article was published based on November 25, 2006 data, that means that over 19,000 children have died due to guns (and don't give me that shit about 'guns don't kill people, people do.') And that doesn't even count those that were injured and maimed such as the two year old little girl who was shot in the face, and her mother killed, last week in Washington as she was being held in her mother's arms boarding a city bus.
How many more thousands of children will we sacrifice to placate our gun lobby? It's a shame that the children don't have the deep monetary pockets to influence our politicians to do the right thing. Every politician that has been swayed by the financial backing of the gun lobbyists should hang their heads in shame, as should those citizens who supported and voted for them.