Youth Deaths By Gun Violence

The Senate refuses to put bills on the floor specific to gun violence even for debate all the while…

U.S. teens and young adults, ages 15-24, are 50 times more likely to die by gun violence than they are in other economically advanced countries according to a Congressional Joint Economic Committee.

“Rural states, have the highest rates of gun deaths and bear the largest costs as a share of their economies. Nationally, the cost of gun violence in the U.S. runs $229 billion a year, or 1.4 percent of the gross domestic product”, the report said.

The committee report found that “Alaska, Montana, Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri have the highest rate of gun deaths, with an economic cost of roughly $17.5 billion.”

However, suicides make up the majority of firearm-related deaths, about 60 percent, the report said, and suicides by young Americans have trended upward over the last decade further supporting the need for expanded mental health programs as part of a national comprehensive health care plan needed by all.

In 2017 — the year of a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds — nearly 40,000 people died from gun-related injuries, including 2,500 school children, the report said, noting that six in 10 gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides.

How can a US Senator claim they are pro-family and looking out for the next generation and allow this to continue? Shame on the US Senate and it’s lack of debate for solutions.

Chris Edwards Author Napa 2019

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