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Monday, September 10, 2012

August 2012 Shootings Report: 342 shootings, 77 dead, 265 wounded

Two kinds of reports keep being issued that the gun nuts cannot argue with.  The first is a list of mass shootings circulated by the Brady Campaign for Gun Violence, the other a periodical review of miscellaneous gun violence recently reported by CNN, “By the numbers: Guns in America.”  The facts are there for President Obama to see and let the American public know just what he will do to stop the onslaught of gun deaths.  Any rhetoric would be wasted on Mitt Romney.

Gun massacres in 2012: Oakland, Calif. in April, 7 were killed, 3 wounded; Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready killed 5 in Gilbert, Ariz., including an infant and himself in May; James Holmes killed 12, injuring 58 in an Aurora, Colo. movie in July; and the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, Wis. in August, 7 dead 3 wounded.  There are others dating back to the Columbine school shooting to the Tucson, Ariz. Bloodbath in 2011 that killed 6, severely wounding U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Here’s a look at the numbers.  According to the Gallup Poll, only 26% of Americans favor a ban on handguns; most gun advocates agree handguns should be allowed in the home for protection.  310 million nonmilitary firearms in the U.S. as of 2009, almost one for each person in the country.  Only 47% told Gallup they owned a gun in 2011, which works out to two per household.  These are staggering figures making the U.S. unique in the world for gun ownership.

There are more numbers if you are interested that you can see on the CNN site above.  In the meantime, we are dealing with 2012 here and so far gun violence across the nation has proved to be escalating.  In my monthly shooting reports there have been 1,056 shootings since March resulting in 432 deaths.  Keep in mind that these figures are extremely conservative since I depend entirely on the media for my data.  The CDC reports 31,347 firearm deaths annually.

Here are the August 2012 results:

CITY/STATE
DEAD
WOUNDED
SHOOTINGS
8/1/2012
Amite, LA
1
1
2
8/1/2012
Chicago, IL
2
7
9
8/2/2012
Homestead, PA
1
3
4
8/2/2012
Chicago, IL
4
10
14
8/3-8/4/12
Chicago, IL
0
10
10
8/3-8/4/12
Patterson, NJ
3
1
4
8/5/2012
Omaha, NE
0
2
2
8/5/2012
Oak Creek, WI (Sikh Temple)
7
3
10
8/7/2012
New York, NY
0
10
10
8/8/2012
Tucson, AZ
0
1
1
8/8/2012
Chicago, IL
2
5
7
8/9/2012
Dothan, AL
3
0
3
8/9/2012
Detroit, MI
2
0
2
8/9/2010
Chicago, IL
1
3
4
8/10/2012
Seattle, WA
0
2
2
8/11/2012
Chicago, IL
0
21
21
8/11/2012
Tucson, AZ
2
1
3
8/12/2012
Washington, DC
0
2
2
8/12/2012
Oakland, CA
1
4
5
8/12/2012
Boston, MA
4
2
6
8/13/2012
Milwaukee, WI
1
6
7
8/13/2012
College Station, TX
3
4
7
8/14/2012
Dayton, OH
0
2
2
8/14-8/15/12
Chattanooga, TN
0
2
2
8/15/2012
Reno, NV
0
1
1
8/15/2012
Washington, DC
0
2
2
8/15/2012
Chicago, IL
1
5
6
8/16/2012
LaPlace, LA
2
2
4
8/16/2012
Muscatine, IA
0
1
1
8/17/2012
Atlanta, GA
0
2
2
8/17/2012
Phoenix, AZ
0
1
1
8/18/2012
Malden, MA
0
2
2
8/18/2012
Detroit, MI
1
1
2
8/18/2012
Odessa, TX
1
6
7
8/18-8/19/12
Chicago, IL
6
30
36
8/19/2012
Oakland, CA
0
2
2
8/19/2012
St. Louis, MO
2
1
3
8/20/2012
San Jose, CA
1
1
2
8/20/2012
Chicago, IL
0
3
3
8/20/2012
Cincinnati, OH
0
1
1
8/21/2012
Baton Rouge, LA
1
1
2
8/22/2012
Chicago, IL
2
0
2
8/23/2012
Chicago, IL
0
19
19
8/24/2012
New York, NY
1
8
9
8/24/2012
Chicago, IL
3
4
7
8/24/2012
Stuttgart, AR
0
3
3
8/24/2012
Surprise, AZ
0
2
2
8/24-8/26/12
Chicago, IL
9
37
46
8/25/2012
Rochester, NY
0
3
3
8/25/2012
Prospect, CT
0
1
1
8/25/2012
Oakland, CA
1
3
4
8/25/2012
Wilkinsburg, PA
2
1
3
8/25/2012
Scottsdale, AZ
1
0
1
8/25/2012
Tulsa, OK
1
0
1
8/25/2012
Muscatine, IA
0
1
1
8/26/2012
Wausaukee, WI
0
1
1
8/27/2012
Chicago, IL
0
10
10
8/27/2012
Perry Hall, MD
0
1
1
8/27/2012
Jacksonville, FL
0
1
1
8/28/2012
Randleman, NC
0
2
2
8/28/2012
Charleston, WV
2
3
5
8/30/2012
Avondale, AZ
0
1
1
8/31/2012
Old Bridge, NJ
3
0
3

TOTALS
77
265
342


In the 6 months I have been doing this report, there have been 1,398 shootings resulting in 509 deaths.  After adding wounded to the report in June, 885 have been injured.  And these are the bare minimum figures but at least point out when and where the violence is occurring as a national representation.

You can link to earlier reports here: March, April, May, June, July.

4 comments:

  1. Do you honestly believe that of firearms are taken away from every single American, violence will suddnely go away and we will all join hands and sing? Humans have been killing each other for as long as we have been walking this planet and we will continue to kill each other regardless of what laws or regulations are put in place. If the Aurora shooter hadnt have had firearms at his disposal he could have bombed the theatre. Its a lot easier to make a bomb than procure firearms. The worst kinds of bombs can be made with household items. What then? Are we going to ban certain household items because people might use them for harm? My point is that people who are determined to cause harm are going to do it and there is very little that a free society can do to stop them. Thankfully the majority of us are sane and rational, however there will always be elements of violence in our society and blaming that human problem on inanimate objects is just plain silly.

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    1. We will address the bombs, knives, what have you issues when they occur in the quantity of homicides that guns are responsible for today. Right now it is guns that are killing innocent Americans by the thousands, and, yes, more gun control regulation will help to stop that.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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    2. Wrong my friend. Guns are not killing Americans by the thousands, americans are. Since you glided past many of my points let me present you with another. How do you plan on enforcing these "regulations" that have not worked in the past? Are we going to have our government create a huge militaristic police force to round up all the "restricted guns"? Are we going to criminalize even more americans and commit them, nonviolent offenders, to a prison system that creates violent offenders? And then what? We have a massive, militarized police force and a defenseless population. And when people start using knives, bombs, and blackmarket guns to kill what then? More regulation? When does it stop? Where does the money that would be required to support such massive regulation efforts come from? If more regulation is the answer why is it that when washington dc lifted the handgun ban they experienced a drop in violent crime? Why is it that when Los Angeles introduced draconian gun regulation in the 90s it did nothing to stop gang war violence? I have given you many questions here and i hope you can enlighten me as to how you plan to fix this problem through regulation.

      Cheers
      Howard

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    3. Your overly dramatic rambling does not explain why we need 300 million guns in the U.S. We don't, and you are right that it will be near impossible to round up all the illegal guns, but it must be tried. Gun regulation has not worked in places like D.C. and California because the NRA is constantly working against the laws in effect, rather than helping to stop the carnage.

      The solution is simple: ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, require background checks in all gun purchases, establish a mandatory gun registry, and close the gun show loophole. That is a start and not unreasonable to ask of gun worshippers.

      Jack E. Dunning
      Nasty Jack Blog

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