Jul 8 2022
01:54 pm

An estimated 43 million guns were purchased in the U.S. in two years, 2020 - 2021. There are an estimated "400 million guns in the country." "At the same time, the rate of gun deaths in those years hit the highest level since 1995, with more than 45,000 fatalities each year."
"Local leaders, law enforcement officials and anti-violence workers say they have seen a worrisome trend recently, in which disputes that would have previously led to fistfights instead escalated rapidly to gunfire."
"Data shows that gun sales increase in the wake of violence, political events and uncertainty. Large spikes occurred after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting (up 153.4%); amid coronavirus shutdowns, racial justice protests and the presidential election in 2020; and after the Jan. 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol (up 180.6%)."

From the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions. (2022).
A Year in Review: 2020 Gun Deaths in the U.S.

"States with the highest gun death rates in 2020 were rural states in the South or West. Mississippi had the highest rate of gun deaths in 2020: 28.63 per 100,000 deaths, followed by Louisiana at 26.26 per 100,000, and Wyoming at 25.9 per 100,000. Conversely, Hawaii had the lowest gun death rate: 3.37 per 100,000, followed by Massachusetts at 3.74 per 100,000 deaths, and New Jersey at 5.03 per 100,000."

"States that had the highest gun death rates in 2020 had stand-your-ground legislation, or laws that authorize individuals to use lethal force even in situations they might have otherwise been able to walk away from, and three of the five had permitless carry laws, which allow individuals to carry a concealed gun in public without a permit."

In 2020, "Gun violence was the leading cause of death among children, teens, and young adults under the age of 25. "

Lives lost to gun violence in 2020:
Suicide - 24,292
Homicide - 19,384
Unintentional (accidental) - 535
Legal intervention - 611
Undetermined intent - 400
Total gun deaths - 45,222

"In the last four years (2017-2020), however, for the first time more people died by guns than by car crashes
(in 2020, there were 45,222 and 40,698 deaths, respectively). However, there are vast differences in
exposure to motor vehicles compared to firearms. The average person spends around eight hours per
week in their car.26 Cars are a part of our daily lives, while, for many people, firearms are not."

"Nearly nine in ten (87%) firearm suicide decedents and 85% of homicide victims were
male in 2020."

"Young people ages 15–34 years old are at the highest risk for dying by firearm homicide.
They had a gun homicide rate twice the national average and accounted for three out of
every five gun homicide victims"

"Black men were 15 times more likely to die by firearm homicide than white men"

It's time to get control of this problem.

fischbobber's picture

I'm just going to leave this here.

Editor insert [Training people to use rifles in a non-rural setting is not natural. [Link removed]]

I find this disturbing at a very basic level. It seems like something the ATF should be watching.

Treehouse's picture

Our "leaders"

Tim Burchett and Glenn Jacobs showed up at the opening of Smoky Mountain Guns and Ammo opening in Knoxville and talked about patriots and the second amendment. Good grief.

fischbobber's picture

You have to wonder

Editor insert [Training people to use rifles in a non-rural setting is not natural. [Link removed]]

these are the sort of Patriots they're endorsing. Here's an overview of one of their instructors.

"Clay Howell - Head Firearms Instructor

Clay Howell is the head firearms instructor for Patriot Training.
Clay's resume includes, but is not limited to:

NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Instructor
NRA Marksmanship Program - Distinguished Expert in 18 Disciplines
Appleseed - Expert Rifleman
Patriot Training - Expert Rifleman
Stop The Bleed Certified
CLS Graduate
Clay has provided security for several persons of note, including: Roger Stone (yes, that one), Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, singer Danny Gokey, Dr. Alan Keyes, Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski, and Pastor Greg Locke.

Training Clay has completed in the past 36 months or so:
Rifleman 1 - Valor Ridge, Oct. 2018
Basic Pistol - Sequatchie School of Self Reliance - April 2019
Basic Rifle - Sequatchie School of Self Reliance - Sept 2019
Defensive Rifle II - Sequatchie School of Self Reliance - July 2020
Fighting Pistol - Tactical Response - June 2021
PistolCraft 1 - Valor Ridge - July 2021
Appleseed Clinic - September 2021 ("Rifleman" Patch)
Couples Defensive Pistol - Middle Tennessee Firearms Training (MTFT) - Nov 2021
Defensive Pistol 1 - MTFT - March 2022
Defensive Pistol 2 - MTFT - March 2022
Fighting Rifle - Tactical Response - March 2022
Sniper Basics - Tactical Response - April 2022
Stop the Bleed - 6x. "

Just another weekend at Scout Camp. Move along. Nothing to see here.

bizgrrl's picture

A problem with linking to

A problem with linking to such a site is they can possibly trace any lookee loos back to this site and we don't need the attention of those types.

fischbobber's picture

Didn't think of that. Sorry. Can you delete or undo?

This is getting pretty creepy. I'm pretty sure I got on this list for following Republicans for first hand statements. One thing that's always given me a sense of security is that we don't have groups going house to house, shooting up neighborhoods and destroying the town. Why would people train to do that?

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