I borrowed the headline from this post from J.J. Goldberg over at the Jewish Daily Forward. His piece is so concise and to the point that it's hard to add much. Please link over to read the whole thing, but here is the bottom line:
Number of persons killed on American soil so far this year by terrorists: 3.
Number of persons killed on American soil so far this year by toddlers: 5.
Gee, maybe the NSA should start eavesdropping on tiny tots more. Oh, but I kid the NSA.
He goes on to document those statements, and it isn't pretty.
CNN, who titles their own post "More Americans killed in gun deaths than in terrorist attacks," picks up where Goldberg left off with this, plus a video:
In fact, the number of Americans killed in guns deaths is far larger than the number of those killed in terrorist attacks around the world every year. [...]
While the United States government has invested more than half a trillion dollars on homeland security since the September 11,, 2001 attacks, according to the Congressional Budget Office, there has been practically no effort to deter gun violence.
Tom Diaz, former member of the NRA and former senior analyst at the Violence Policy Center:
NRA has made it clear ... that there are no shades of gray in this debate.... "We will not compromise on any gun control legislation."
The NRA and the gun industry have had a campaign to shut down information, because they lose every time the argument is based on fact...
According to the latest Pew Research Center poll, 82% favor background checks, 55% favor a ban on assault-style weapons, and 54% favor a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips.
We should all breathe a sigh of relief that we still have the freedom to be gunned down, even by toddlers. Thank the NRA, firearms manufacturers, and gun zealots in Congress for continuing to support those helpful Second Amendment remedies.