Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

31—number of days since General Assembly passed House Bill 650 that allows people to carry loaded handguns into state parks (N.C. General Assembly, House Bill 650).

65.2—percentage of North Carolina voters who oppose allowing people to carry loaded handguns in state parks (Public Policy Polling, December 2010, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

51—percentage of voters who would be less likely to support a candidate who makes it easier for more people to carry guns openly in public (Brady Center to Control Gun Violence, May 14, 2010)

27—percentage of voters who would be more likely to support that candidate who makes it easier for more people to carry guns openly in public (Ibid)

90—percentage of North Carolina voters who support background checks on all gun sales, (Public Policy Polling, December 2010, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence)

87—percentage of reported gun owners in North Carolina who support background checks on all gun sales (Ibid)

9—years since President George W. Bush said “A teenager is more likely to die from a gunshot than from all natural causes of death combined. This is unacceptable in America.” (Inside Straw Purchasing: How Criminals Get Guns Illegally, Mayors Against Illegal Guns)

6—number of days between deaths of a North Carolina child seventeen or younger killed by a gun in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting. (NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 2006)

12—number of times higher the firearm death rate in the U.S. for children 14 and younger is higher than the combined rate in 25 other modern industrialized nations. (North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, National Center for Injury Control & Prevention, 2003)

22—number of times that guns kept in the home for self-protection are more likely to kill a family member or friend than to kill an assailant in self-defense. (North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, Kellerman, Journal, Trauma, 1998))

1,126—number of North Carolinians who died from gun violence in 2005. (Office of the NC Chief Medical Examiner, 2006)

4—years since the NRA has stepped up efforts to pass “take-your-guns-to-work” laws that seek to make it illegal for companies to ban guns on their private property (Brady Center to Control Gun Violence)

77—percentage of workplace homicides committed with firearms. (Ibid)

94—percentage of Americans who oppose the efforts by the NRA and other gun groups to force college and school officials to allow students and teachers to carry hidden handguns on campus and in classrooms. (Brady Center to Control Gun Violence, Hemenway, David, Deborah Azrael and Matthew Miller, “National Attitudes Concerning Gun Carrying in the United States,” Injury Prevention 7 (2001):282-283.)

86—percent of campus police chiefs who disagreed or strongly disagreed that “allowing students to carry concealed weapons on campus would prevent some or all campus killings” (Brady Center to Control Gun Violence, Thompson, Amy, James H. Price, Adam Mrdjenovich, Jagdish Khubchandani, “Reducing Firearm-Related Violence on College Campuses—Police Chiefs’ Perceptions and Practices,” Journal of American College Health, 58(3)2009:247-254)

5—rank of North Carolina among states as a source for crime handguns recovered in other states. (North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, Columbia University School of Public Health, 2003)