Gun Related Deaths to Exceed Auto Deaths by 2015

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Some people may find this absurd but according to Garen Wintermute, Director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, this could happen. The reason is because the automobile industry is creating safer vehicles and each state continues to restrict young drivers from obtaining their license. Non-for-profit organizations have also contributed by running ads that promote safer driving; by not texting, drinking, or driving without a seat-belt on. Becoming aware and actively seeking these changes is, what I believe, could make this storyline true. This storyline is brought to light because many Americans have bought more guns since the Sandy Hook incident. Majority of these purchases came from people who already own a firearm. The fact that this is true boggles my mind, but what makes this even more interesting is that there were 2,244 deaths 98 days after the incident took place.  That number has increased since then and is now up to 12,042 since the end of 2013. Over the course of 2013 more news appeared about gun related deaths in the US. Some of the most covered stories were the shootings that took place at the Naval Base in Washington D.C., the massacre in Santa Monica, CA, and the most recent incident taking place at LAX International Airport. On that note I would encourage any one who reads this to research the topic of gun related deaths a little more. The numbers are shocking and the articles quite intriguing yet heartbreaking to learn that majority of the victims were at the wrong place at the wrong time, while others were targeted victims. Occurrences like these do happen quite often, but at some point in time it has to stop. Laws and regulations are tools that help, but it is up to us as individuals to take a stand!    "

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  • Alyssa Pasetta