By The Numbers: What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?

Just to add to our ‘proud’ heritage of guns, violence and turning a blind eye to both.

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THE DATA BELOW is the result of a joint investigation by Mother Jones and Ted Miller, an economist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Based on Miller’s work identifying and quantifying the societal impacts of gun violence, the annual price tag comes to at least $229 billion a year (based on 2012 data). That includes $8.6 billion in direct spending—from emergency care and other medical expenses to court and prison costs—as well as $221 billion in less tangible “indirect” costs, which include impacts on productivity and quality of life for victims and their communities. (See the rest of our special investigation here.)

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Comments

  1. I saw these numbers. But I figured out how to deal with it. Focus on suicides. Because, after all, 93% of gun suicides are white … (you can hear the sarcasm dripping, I’m hoping)

    • I can hear it, I am hoping though some of those will hit the nasty and ugly, the terrible and awful and thus maybe the horrifying will stop filling the airwaves.

  2. Thank you for reblogging this.

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