December 14: Happy ‘Guns Save Lives Day’

December 14: Happy 'Guns Save Lives Day'

It’s the first anniversary of the gun murder of 20 first graders in Newtown Massachusetts, and the day is being commemorated as “Guns Save Lives Day” by three gun groups. It has also been marked by another school shooting in Colorado. There is a school shooting every two weeks in this country.

Since Newtown, at least 194 children under age 12 have been shot to death in America. Their names are here; here are their faces:


“Portraits of the Hundreds of Children Killed by Guns Since Newtown,” Mother Jones (mouse-over the photos for information on each child)

“How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown?”   and Dan Kois, Slate (interactive tally and map of distribution)

“Our sick gun fetish is destroying us: Tea Party fantasies kill kids,” Richard Eskow, Salon

The Sandy Hook Promise

“The Missing 20,000 Gun Deaths,” Chris Kirk, Slate

“Guns in America After Newtown,” John Light, Lauren Feeney, and Karin Kamp, Moyers & Company

“Sandy Hook a year later: Our hopeless gun debate,” Paul Brandus, The Week

“Special Report: The Secret Life of Guns,” Washington Post 

“A year after the Sandy Hook shootings, America is at crossroads on guns,” Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor

The Case for Gun Policy Reforms in AmericaThe Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, 2012


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Image (“Old Glory”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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