Under-Told and Under-Reported

Guns & Ammo 2It’s hard to believe that over 5,030 gun deaths* since the mass shooting in Newtown on December 14, 2012 is under-reported. But it is. That’s like an entire large high school being wiped out or my entire undergraduate class of graduates at UCLA being annihilated.

The story of gun deaths is also under-reported because approximately 60-percent of all gun deaths are suicide. Suicides are rarely reported. The data captured in Gun Deaths Since Newtown is culled from media sources soon after they are published. Murder-suicides are reported, but solo suicides almost never.

The most recent estimates from the CDC for yearly gun deaths is slightly over 30,000. A more accurate picture of actual gun deaths as of June 20, 2013 is around 15, 687. Compare the more realistic estimate (15,687) with what is reported in the Slate gun tally (5,030) and you see just how under-told the story of gun violence really is in the United States.

* Data as of June 20, 2013 according to Slate’s crowd-sourced gun death tally.

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