While we’re at it (trying to make sense of the extraordinary number of mass shootings and other gun-violence victims in the United States), here’s another way.
CNN [ht: ja] decided to tally up the number of Americans killed through terrorist attacks (both foreign and domestic) in the last decade and compare it with the number of Americans who have died in gun violence.
Using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that from 2004 to 2013, 316,545 people died by firearms on U.S. soil. (2013 is the most recent year CDC data for deaths by firearms is available.) This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide.
According to the U.S. State Department, the number of U.S. citizens killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2004 to 2013 was 277.
In addition, we compiled all terrorism incidents inside the U.S.* and found that between 2004 and 2013, there were 36 people killed in domestic acts of terrorism. This brings the total to 313.
Have we had enough yet—enough to control the production and ownership of firearms and to eliminate the other structural causes of violence within the United States?