Voices Against Violence

  • "Any time we have a horrific incident like a mass shooting, these things can have a tendency to become politicized.  One of the things that I would do to reduce - we are not going to be able to eliminate these things entirely - but to reduce the likelihood of this mass carnage is to get rid of these gun-free zones.  These gun-free zones - in theaters, churches, college campuses, elementary schools - are chosen by the perpetrator for a reason.  He knows that nobody is going to be able to interrupt him until mass carnage occurs. 

    We ought to give people the individual freedom, the individual right, to under certain circumstances, like a concealed carry license, to go armed in these venues in case something like this happens, for their own protection and to have a chance.  Look at Chicago, Illinois.  Look at Washington, D.C., the Federal district.  If gun control really worked, those would be two of the safest areas in the United States; but, in fact, they are two of the most violent."   (Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Voices Against Violence, CBS Evening News, October 2, 2015) 

  • "Ninety percent of school shooters have well-documented suicidal issues, and 30% of shooters actually say that suicide is their motive.  So, if we screen, meaning ask a few questions, we may be able to find people and get the help they need before things like this happen. 

    The questions about suicidal thoughts are quite simple.  You start with
    'Have you wished you were dead?'
    'Do you wish you could go to sleep and not wake up?'
    'Have you actually had thoughts of killing yourself?'

    If (the answer) is 'No,' then you move on; however, if that is 'Yes,' then it is tiered, so we can, in a very feasible way, figure out who is really at risk and who really needs help. 

    Imagine that an employee of a gun store, or when somebody goes to get a gun license, all of these places, they could be trained to ask these questions, and maybe somebody who is suffering in silence will be identified before it is too late."  (Dr. Kelly Posner, founder of the Suicide Center at Columbia University, New York, Voices Against Violence, CBS Evening News, October 2, 2015) 
Statistics
  • 406,496 people died by firearms on U.S. soil from 2001 to 2013, using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   (2013 is the most recent year CDC data for deaths by firearms is available.) This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide.
350 U.S. citizens were killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2001 to 2013.  (U.S. State Department, CNN, October 2, 2015)  
3,030 people were killed in domestic acts of terrorism inside the U.S. between 2001 and 2013.  This brings the total to 3,380.

For every American killed by terrorism in the U.S. and around he world, more than 1,000 died from firearms inside the U.S. during the most recent decade for which comparative data is available.  The gun fatalities cover all manners of death including homicide, accident and suicide.  (Centers for Disease control and Prevention, U.S. State Department, Julia Jones and Eve Bower, CNN, October 2, 2015)