It says a lot about America that we shoot each other to death way more often than our military servicemen and women are killed fighting wars. It’s not even close: Since 1776, 656,397 US military personnel have been killed in battle; between 1989 and 2014 there were 836,290 gun-related deaths in the US. Mother Jones has the details:
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On Monday, yet another deadly shooting—this time at Mississippi’s Delta State University—made national news. At least one person was killed, and as of Monday night, the suspect had not been apprehended.
This chart, pulled from an unrelated Center for American Progress report published on Monday, provides timely context on the prevalence of gun deaths in the United States. The chart tallies gun accidents, suicides, and murders, and shows that the number of gun deaths in the United States since 1989 exceeds the number of American combat fatalities in 239 years of US history—from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.