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Gun Violence in America

Some facts and figures to contemplate.

Personally, I have always liked guns and shooting. I’ve hunted small game, game birds and deer. In the Army I certainly got my fair share of time shooting a wide variety of weapons, including the predecessor anti-tank missile to the current Javelin, a live fire Dragon (at a moving tank).

I like the smell of a well oiled gun and the smell of gunpowder or what we used to call cordite (which is no longer a correct term) after shooting a weapon. The challenge of hitting a target at long range was always fun.

Enter the year 2022 and I find myself less enamored with weapons. I no longer own a gun. What bothers me most about guns in America are some of the facts listed below. I’ve heard in recent days that gun violence is now the leading cause of death for young people. The epidemic of gun violence will continue. I don’t see anything that is going to stop it.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.