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Violence in America

gun_optAbout 30,000 people a year in this country die from gun violence, about 80 a day, 32 by homicide.

As the horrific gun violence continued in the United States, Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:

"Friday’s mass shooting in Binghamton is just the latest wake-up call reminding us that we must do something to stop the gun violence in our country. In the past few weeks alone, in mass shootings, 10 were killed in Alabama, eight killed in a North Carolina nursing home, 10 killed in California, including four police officers, but the silence from many of our political leaders was deafening.’’

On a broader level, however, such incidents may be happening more often because an increasing number of Americans feel desperate pressure from job losses and other economic hardship, criminologists say.

Is violence linked to the recession?

 

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