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Wed May 25, 2022, 10:55 AM

As cynical as it sounds, what about quantifying gun

violenceís total economic cost? Or the total economic/productivity cost of ignoring public safety measures during a pandemic. Oh, never mind.

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Reply As cynical as it sounds, what about quantifying gun (Original post)
Mme. Defarge May 2022 OP
WhiskeyGrinder May 2022 #1
Hugh_Lebowski May 2022 #3
bucolic_frolic May 2022 #2
Mme. Defarge May 2022 #5
bucolic_frolic May 2022 #7
Scrivener7 May 2022 #4
sop May 2022 #6

Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 25, 2022, 10:56 AM

1. It's been done.

https://everytownresearch.org/report/the-economic-cost-of-gun-violence/

While the United States economy has begun to rebound from the pandemic-induced recession of 2020 and 2021, the impacts of its unprecedented economic uncertainty are still evident. The pandemic has showcased the fragile, precarious state of public services, as every level of government strained to maintain basic government services, including schooling, public transportation and road systems, and critical hospital, fire, police, and sanitation functions. However, the governmentís ability to make long-term, critical investments to ensure the future stability of these vital services is hindered by the cost of the nationís gun violence epidemic. Our federal, state, and local governments are spending a combined average of $34.8 million each day to deal with the aftermath of gun violence across the country. The total annual bill for taxpayers, survivors, families, employers, and communities is $280 billion. The price associated with collective inaction to prevent gun violence is not just a loss of human life, but the loss of the potential to invest in vital public services that directly correlate to a stronger economy and greater quality of life for Americans.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #1)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:08 AM

3. Good info, thx! (nt)

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:08 AM

2. This is a very depressing OP

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:25 AM

5. Sorry.

Here on the Left Coast my morning anti-depressant- 2 cups of strong coffee- doesnít seem to be working today.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #5)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:48 AM

7. It's not your fault. it's just the futility of it all. /nt

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:23 AM

4. Might wake some up. Cynical as it is. But hey, I'm cynical at this point.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Original post)

Wed May 25, 2022, 11:27 AM

6. The gun industry has externalized the immense economic and social costs of firearms to taxpayers.

While the gun industry rakes in profits, the American public is left to pay for needed police protection, private security, the judicial and penal system, victims' medical treatment and all the other expenses related to gun ownership and gun crime. The industry has also been immunized from any legal liability.

Firearms would be unaffordable if the gun industry was forced to pass on these external costs to gun buyers and users. The only way the gun industry remains profitable is by privatizing their profits while socializing their losses.

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