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Guns don't kill people? Yes, they do!

 article about how many kids die of gun related injuries in the united states
There is a popular saying among people who like guns - guns don't kill people, people do. But that might not be so true after all. According to a recent study, 8300 KIDS end up in the ER each year in the United States due to gun-related injuries.

Roughly 40 percent of the injuries are unintentional, and 2 percent suicides.

The study that has been called the first nationally representative study on ER visits for gun injuries, revealed that during the last nine years around 75 000 children have ended up in emergency rooms across the country due to gun injuries. And this number doesn't include kids and teens who were killed or injured by gun shots, who never made it to the hospital.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Faiz Gani, said that "I don't know what more we need to see in the world to be able to come together and tackle this problem."

Gun lobby in the US is strong. During the 2016 election the NRA and and organizations related to it spent roughly $54m to help Republicans take control of the White House and Congress, including at least $30 million to help elect Donald Trump. While in a larger scale this number doesn't really sound too big, it does show that gun rights lobby outspend gun control advocates by a lot - gun control groups spent just around $3 million.

What are the main gun lobby talking points?


- Owning a gun makes you safer (no, it doesn't, owning a gun puts you at heightened risk for gun violence)
- The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun (more often than not, armed citizens are not too successful at doing that)
- Mass shooters specifically target gun-free zones (not true)
- Stricter gun laws don't help (they do)
- People have the RIGHT to bear arms based on the Second Amendment (the truth is that the American right to bear arms has always co-existed with gun regulation)
- Guns don't kill people. People kill people. (well, as you just read, guns do kill and injure people, 8300 of them every year, nearly half of them being unintentional injuries)

Based on estimation, there are 120.5 guns for every 100 people in the United States.


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