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Mon Oct 12, 2015, 01:25 PM

Statistics on the cost of gun violence

http://smartgunlaws.org/costs-of-gun-violence-statistics/

"Researchers conservatively estimate that gun violence costs the American economy at least $229 billion every year, including $8.6 billion in direct expenses such as for emergency and medical care. Gun violence costs more than $700 per American every year, more than the total economic cost of obesity and almost as much as the annual price tag for the entire Medicaid program."

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TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 OP
onehandle Oct 2015 #1
TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #3
phantom power Oct 2015 #2
TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #4
libodem Oct 2015 #5
TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #6
libodem Oct 2015 #7

Response to TexasBushwhacker (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 01:28 PM

1. You fiscally conservative liberals just don't get fiscally liberal conservatives.

Wait...

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Response to onehandle (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:45 PM

3. Notice it is a conservative estimate

Other than the direct medical costs, I wonder what goes into the calculations. Here are things I can think of:

Costs of premature death - survivors benefits to spouses and children. Lost tax revenue from the deceased.

Costs of disability - SSI and SSDI to the permanently disabled as well as to their caregivers in some cases. Cost of medical care via Medicare. Lost tax revenue from those who cannot be gainfully employed in any way, and lost tax revenue from family members who care for them full time.

Costs of law enforcement, prosecution and incarceration - nothing is as quick and effective a killer as a gun. You've got to figure that at least some of the murders would not have happened at all if the shooter hadn't been able to shoot.

Those are just the costs I can think of. Please add to the list.

I can't help but think that an awful lot of the reason that people aren't willing to support gun control is that a disproportionate number of victims are , especially young black men. And I'm an old white female, just so you know.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 01:30 PM

2. Here in America, we always, always, always have money for killing people

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Response to phantom power (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:53 PM

4. Those stats are from 2008

I wonder if we've crossed the 50% threshold.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Original post)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 03:30 PM

5. Needs to be framed as a terrorist plot

Before it will gain any traction. Then we can start a 'war' on it.

Thanks for the stats. They are fucking hard to come by. Bookmarked.

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Response to libodem (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 03:44 PM

6. Just imagine if every man, woman and child

had to pay, directly, $700. A family with 2 parents and 3 kids gets their "Freedom bill" for $3500, every single year.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 12, 2015, 06:25 PM

7. Repulsive

I don't get the gun nuttery.

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