Every day in America, 30 people die in shootings. Another 200 people per day are injured by bullets. The mass shooting in Orlando has once again brought America's gun culture to the forefront. The left screams more regulations while the right clings tightly to the 2nd Amendment. But the bottom line is this affects us ALL. It doesn't matter where you live. Gun related injuries and deaths are happening everywhere.

A nonpartisan group called the Gun Violence Archive gathers data on gun homicides and injuries. That data is now available for the public to see, even before the government has a chance to release its own findings. The groups date also include's locations, so it is now possible to see how many shootings have occurred near your address. Just click HERE for the link to type in your address and find out how many shootings have happened near you.

The map contains date from December of 2014 through December of 2015. I typed in Cedar Rapids and the data that came up was surprising, but not shocking. I think many people would agree that shootings in the city have become far too frequent. The stats that popped up were 27 shootings, with 2 fatalities for Cedar Rapids.

If you live in an area with little gun violence, consider yourself lucky. Violent crime stats have dropped the past 15 years. But gun deaths and injuries remain steady. Experts predict that data from 2015 will be the first time that guns kill more people than car accidents. It's time to stop ignoring the statistics. It's time to stopping waiting to become one. It's time to stop being 'OK' with mass shootings. The time for change is now.

 

[via SLATE]