Commentary: How many deaths will it take?

Commentary: How many deaths will it take?

Gun Rights

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) West High School 7th grader Sadie Nelson-Stippich, 12, joins fellow students after walking out of classes in Salt Lake, during a planned student walkout on Wed. March 14, 2018. Students in Utah and around the country planned the large-scale coordinated demonstration to protest gun violence and memorialize victims of last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. “How many deaths will it take ‘til he knows that too many people have died?” Many of us remember that protest song from the Vietnam era. And the daily body counts. Nowadays, we hear similar body counts from mass shootings, suicides, homicides and accidental shootings. Too commonly. It took eight years for 58,220 U.S. servicemen to die in Vietnam. The death toll from gun violence in the United States for just one year, 2017, was 39,773. Only Brazil has a higher annual death rate. And we have more guns per capita than any other developed country, essentially one firearm per person . Hand gun ownership has increased to 42% of family households . And, finally, the U.S. leads the world in child gun deaths . The connections are clear. How many deaths? When will our representatives and senators, duly elected by the people of Utah and the nation, begin to respond to the pleas of those people to pass rational, reasonable gun legislation, in keeping with the Second Amendment, and consistent with ownership of arms by law-abiding citizens? When will […]

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