Here are a couple of excerpts from a breathtaking report on gun deaths among children and teens in the U.S. We owe it to our children to wrap our minds around such facts:
Since 1979, America has lost nearly three times as many children and teens to gunfire as the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action during the Vietnam War, and over 23 times the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,013).
Where is our anti-war movement here at home? Why does a nation with the largest military budget in the world refuse to protect its children from relentless gun violence and terrorism at home? No external enemy ever killed thousands of children in their neighborhoods, streets and schools year in and year out.
And we owe to ourselves to force our representatives to act. It’s time to take the agenda out of the hands of the 4-million-member NRA, whose leadership really represents only the firearms industry—the cost of whose profits are evident in the chart above.