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555 Kids Have Died From Gunshots Since Sandy Hook, Report Says

| by Michael Allen
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A new report says that 555 American children have been killed by gunfire since the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. That number means that almost one child has died by a gun every two days in the U.S. over the last three years.

NBC News culled the numbers for its report from the media, public information and the Gun Violence Archive, but the news network admits that the actual number of child gun deaths is likely to be higher as suicides and other deaths are not always reported by journalists.

"I wouldn't wake up and spend 12 hours a day working on this if I didn't think we were winning," Shannon Watts, a mother who started the gun safety group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, told NBC. "… I'm just so saddened by the lives we're going to lose in the meantime."

The National Rifle Association (NRA) refused to comment to NBC, but they recently teamed up with conservative pundit Dana Loesh in a video to link the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, to the "godless left." This "godless left" consists of a wide variety of people and issues, according to the video, including the New York Daily News, media elites, President Barack Obama, campus radicals, Hollywood celebrities, Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, Fort Hood attacks, Veterans Affairs scandals, Obamacare website, Boston Marathon bombing, Chicago "anarchy," the supposed demonization of Christmas and more, reports Salon.com.

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Sources: NBC News, Salon.com / Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Sean Dennison via Dvidshub.net, Mika Jarvinen/Flickr