Just in case the staggering number of deaths from gun violence represented in a recent blog post wasn’t enough to stop you in your tracks, here are a few tidbits that I also found shocking:
Arizona governor, Jan Brewer, signed into law requiring municipalities that buy back guns to resell them. In other words, guns purchased to be removed from circulation are now required to be sold back into circulation! The rationale is that municipalities would not be maximizing an income-generating opportunity by destroying the guns.
There are known cases where guns recovered from government buyback programs have been resold to criminals. Tennessee, which has a gun law similar to Arizona, sold back a gun in 2005 that ended up being used by the Pentagon shooter.
Speaking of Tennessee, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is being raffled off by the Tennessee Firearms Association “to advance the effort to resist Barack Obama, the federal government and even a few in Tennessee state government who are determined to destroy your 2nd Amendment rights!!” This is the same type of weapon used by Adam Lanza in the Newtown shooting.
On the flip side of this craziness, the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents approximately 60,000 pediatricians in the United States, went to Washington April 30, 2013 to advocate for better gun control policies. According to the AAP policy memo:
- Gun violence is a public health issue that affects children.
- Firearm injuries are one of the top three causes of death among youth, and studies show that strong gun laws help significantly reduce injuries, suicides and homicides.
There is concern when an honors high school student attempts suicide with a semiautomatic handgun in a classroom full of his peers or when a 5-year-old accidentally shoots and kills his two-year-old sister with a .22-caliber rifle he received as a gift.