Stats: Death From Gun Violence Vs. Deaths From Terrorism

| by Sean Kelly
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Following the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Oct. 1, President Barack Obama made a speech in which he urged the media to tally up the number of Americans who've been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who've been killed by gun violence.”

Several news organizations did just that, with the results released the morning on Oct. 2.

According to NBC News, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 153,144 deaths from homicide by between 2001 and 2013.

The Global Terrorism Database estimated 3,046 people died in terrorist attacks — or possible terrorist attacks — between 2001 and 2014.

An average of 11,780 Americans are killed by guns every year, while an average of 219 people are killed by terrorism.

“When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer,” Obama said. 

“When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer," he continued. "When roads are unsafe, we fix them, to reduce auto fatalities. We have seat-belt laws because we know it saves lives.

"The notion that gun violence is somehow different — that our freedom and our Constitution prohibits any modest regulation of how we use a deadly weapon when there are law-abiding gun owners all across the country who could hunt and do everything they do under such regulations — it doesn't make sense."

Sources: Vox, NBC News / Photo credit: Wikipedia, Robert Nelson/Flickr