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We all pay: The high costs of gun violence
We all pay: The high costs of gun violence

Each year more than 11,000 people are killed with guns in the United States, an additional 20,000 people commit suicide with guns and 80,000 people survive gunshot wounds with a wide range of injuries, including life-altering paralysis. That means bullets pierce the bodies of at least 111,000 people each year. Maybe. Getting a firm estimate is impossible because lobbying by the NRA curtails such research, an atrocious display of the political system’s abject fear of angering the gun lobby. So what is the financial cost to society from all that carnage? Mother Jones magazine, working with researcher Ted Miller of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, has taken a stab at...