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(20,481 posts)
Mon Oct 12, 2015, 02:25 PM Oct 2015

Statistics on the cost of gun violence


"Researchers conservatively estimate that gun violence costs the American economy at least $229 billion every year, including $8.6 billion in direct expenses such as for emergency and medical care. Gun violence costs more than $700 per American every year, more than the total economic cost of obesity and almost as much as the annual price tag for the entire Medicaid program."
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Statistics on the cost of gun violence (Original Post) TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 OP
You fiscally conservative liberals just don't get fiscally liberal conservatives. onehandle Oct 2015 #1
Notice it is a conservative estimate TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #3
Here in America, we always, always, always have money for killing people phantom power Oct 2015 #2
Those stats are from 2008 TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #4
Needs to be framed as a terrorist plot libodem Oct 2015 #5
Just imagine if every man, woman and child TexasBushwhacker Oct 2015 #6
Repulsive libodem Oct 2015 #7


(20,481 posts)
3. Notice it is a conservative estimate
Mon Oct 12, 2015, 03:45 PM
Oct 2015

Other than the direct medical costs, I wonder what goes into the calculations. Here are things I can think of:

Costs of premature death - survivors benefits to spouses and children. Lost tax revenue from the deceased.

Costs of disability - SSI and SSDI to the permanently disabled as well as to their caregivers in some cases. Cost of medical care via Medicare. Lost tax revenue from those who cannot be gainfully employed in any way, and lost tax revenue from family members who care for them full time.

Costs of law enforcement, prosecution and incarceration - nothing is as quick and effective a killer as a gun. You've got to figure that at least some of the murders would not have happened at all if the shooter hadn't been able to shoot.

Those are just the costs I can think of. Please add to the list.

I can't help but think that an awful lot of the reason that people aren't willing to support gun control is that a disproportionate number of victims are , especially young black men. And I'm an old white female, just so you know.


(19,288 posts)
5. Needs to be framed as a terrorist plot
Mon Oct 12, 2015, 04:30 PM
Oct 2015

Before it will gain any traction. Then we can start a 'war' on it.

Thanks for the stats. They are fucking hard to come by. Bookmarked.


(20,481 posts)
6. Just imagine if every man, woman and child
Mon Oct 12, 2015, 04:44 PM
Oct 2015

had to pay, directly, $700. A family with 2 parents and 3 kids gets their "Freedom bill" for $3500, every single year.

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