On March 24, 2018, the kids and families of the March For Our Lives movement took to the nation’s streets to demand that gun safety be made a top priority and to hold all those accountable that stand in their way.
No other country on the planet has more deaths contributed to gun violence than the United States. Yet, there are more rules on carrying unpasteurized milk across state lines, or kids playing bingo, than there are for acquiring guns meant to injure or kill.
When Sudafed is more regulated than guns, adults have lost their ability to think rationally. It is now up to the kids!
GAC has compiled a top ten of inspirational signs created by March For Your Life protestors and absurd facts about America’s gun violence that will make you want to march.
PEANUT BUTTER IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN ASSAULT WEAPONS
In most schools, kids are not allowed to bring peanut butter for fear of causing allergic reactions.
It makes sense that schools would ban foods that put kids in harms way, but it makes absolutely no sense that there are more precautions taken for peanut allergies than for responsible gun ownership.
MORE KIDS WERE KILLED BY GUNS IN THE LAST 6 YEARS THAN ALL U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED SINCE 9/11
According to a Department of Defense (DOD) report, The number of children killed by gunfire since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012 is more than the total of American soldiers killed in overseas combat since 9/11. During the 17 years of combat, the U.S. lost 6,929 soldiers, compared to 7,000 American children.
7) EACH DAY, 46 CHILDREN ARE SHOT IN AMERICA
6) THE U.S. HAS LESS THAN 5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, BUT 31% OF ITS MASS SHOOTINGS
5) THE NONSENSICAL ARGUMENT AGAINST SENSIBLE GUN CONTROL:
“WHY DOES CHICAGO HAVE SO MUCH GUN VIOLENCE DESPITE HAVING SOME OF THE TOUGHEST GUNS LAWS IN THE COUNTRY?”
Chicago requires a Firearm Owners Identification card, a background check, a three-day waiting period, and documentation for all firearm sales. But Indiana, across the border, doesn’t require any of this for purchases between two private individuals, including gun shows and those who meet through the internet.
4) So someone from Chicago with a criminal record can drive across the border and buy a firearm without passing a background check or submitting paperwork recording the sale.
A 2016 report from the New York State Office of the Attorney General found that 74 percent of guns used in crimes in New York between 2010 and 2015 came from states with lax gun laws. The gun trafficking chain from Southern states with weak gun laws to New York is so well-known it has a nickname: “the Iron Pipeline.”
3) AMERICANS OWN ROUGHLY HALF OF ALL GUNS IN THE WORLD, WHILE MAKING UP ONLY 5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION
Just 3 percent of American adults own half the nation’s 310 million firearms, according to the results of a Harvard-Northeastern survey of 4,000 gun owners.
2) WHERE IN THE 2ND AMENDMENT DOES IT SAY AMERICANS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE MILITARY GRADE ASSAULT WEAPONS THAT KILL IN MASS?
The Amendment reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” We’re still waiting..?
1) ARMING TEACHERS IN PLACES WHERE BLACK AND BROWN KIDS ARE ALREADY PERCEIVED AS THREATS MEANS MORE DEAD KIDS
The leading cause of death among Black teens ages 15 to 19 in 2008 and 2009 was gun homicide. For White teens 15 to 19 it was motor vehicle accidents followed by gun homicide in 2008 and gun suicide in 2009.
THE CONNECTICUT LAW REQUIRING HANDGUN PURCHASERS TO FIRST PASS BACKGROUND CHECKS HAS RESULTED IN A 40% DROP IN GUN HOMICIDES AND 15% DROP IN GUN SUICIDES
THERE ARE 4 MILLION KIDS TURNING 18 BEFORE THE 2018 ELECTIONS
They demand that a comprehensive and effective gun bill be brought immediately before Congress or expect to be voted out!