Cheney Shooting Latest
Addition to Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Injured and Killed by Guns
During Bush Administration
shooting of a fellow hunter by Vice President Dick Cheney was just one
more addition to the more than quarter million Americans who have been
injured by firearms during President George W. Bush's tenure. From 2001
through 2004, the most recent year available, 252,076 Americans were injured
by firearms according to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) data. From 2001 through 2003, the most recent year available, nearly
30,000 Americans a year were killed by firearms according to information
from the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Unlike the administrations
of George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, both of which supported
gun control measures such as banning assault weapons, the current Bush
Administration has, in fact, allowed measures like the federal assault
weapons ban to expire while at the same time rolling back other portions
of federal gun control policy.
Cheney has been the
Administration's most vocal pro-gun voice, addressing the National Rifle
Association's Annual Meeting in 2004. In his speech to NRA members, Cheney
described himself and President Bush as "lifelong gun owners, hunters,
and anglers�and strong believers in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.
Like many of you, I grew up close to the land, learned from my dad how
to handle a gun, and still look forward to every chance to join up with
friends to go hunting." (Please see http://www.vpc.org/cheney.htm
for a copy of the speech from the NRA's America's 1st Freedom Magazine.)
Josh Sugarmann, VPC
executive director states, "The Cheney shooting punctures the pro-gun
argument that `knowing guns' and `having respect for guns' are enough
to overcome the inherent hazards of firearms. Vice President Cheney's
victim is now just one more sad statistic in America's annual gun toll."
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Monday, February 13, 2006
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