We have all witnessed the horrific tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. And unfortunately within minutes of the event, we started seeing the political spins about gun control from both sides of the aisle.
Those emotions resulted in a massive March 14 nationwide walk-out in remembrance of the 17 victims. But that walk-out evolved into a political outcry for more gun control.
Yet there are no tears or outcries for suicide victims.
3 Times More Suicide Victims than Gun Homicides
Why do we scream out so loudly for more gun control and cry so deeply for the victims, while ignoring the huge number of victims of suicides?
In 2016, there were 3 times more suicides in America than gun homicides. In 2014, there were almost four times more suicides. The number of annual suicides grew over 30% from 2008 to 2016.
How many nationwide walk-outs have there been for the victims of suicide?
I’ll give you a hint – it’s a very low number
Listed below are the numbers of suicides that have occurred each year from 1999-2016 in the United States as compared to the numbers of gun homicides.
The Deception of Gun Violence Numbers
When you perform a Google search for gun violence or gun related deaths, you will find data that INCLUDES suicides. Thus, you wind up with numbers that are three or four times as high.
Countless gun control articles out there refer to these inflated numbers as they talk about gun shooting incidents to support their argument. They will use the terms “deaths by gun violence” or “gun related deaths” so they can legally include the inflated numbers that contain suicides.
But can we really consider a gun related suicide as a violent death?
Do we consider an act where someone hung themselves as a violent act? Don’t think so …
How about when someone cuts their wrists, is this considered a “knife related death”?
Sadly, suicides will continue to be ignored by the public UNTIL they can satisfy someone’s political agenda.
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