The 2008 elections need to be in part a referendum on gun violence in America.
In a single year, 3,012 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States, according to the latest national data released in 2002. That is one child every three hours; eight children every day; and more than 50 children every week. And every year, at least 4 to 5 times as many kids and teens suffer from non-fatal firearm injuries. (Children's Defense Fund and National Center for Health Statistics)
American children are more at risk from firearms than the children of any other industrialized nation. In one year, firearms killed no children in Japan, 19 in Great Britain, 57 in Germany, 109 in France, 153 in Canada, and 5,285 in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control)
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The mass shooting in Virginia (one of many in the U.S. in recent years) refocuses national attention on an issue that lurks in the shadows until tragedy strikes.
The weapons used in Virginia are illegal in Canada.
If 3,000+ kids are being killed each year don’t we have a moral obligation to debate the issue of gun control and to advance proposals that increase the chances children live through school days?
And don't our churches have a special responsibility to force that debate?
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