Written on the front of this check writing machine:
EACH DAY in AMERICA there are 31 murders, 55 suicides, 2 accidental deaths, 1 death by police action. If not killed, 219 injured by guns each day. 89 deaths by guns each day. 32, 514 people are killed by guns each year. $627 million costs in a year.
Sources for statistics is the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence
What is the cost of gun violence?
Research for “Checking the Cost of Gun Violence” revealed astonishing statistics. One source calculates that every citizen in the US is effectively writing a check for $700 each year to cover the nationwide cost of gun violence. Is there any way that we can reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence?
Each year, the U.S. spends $2.8 billion treating gunshot wounds in emergency room and hospital charges in the United States each year.
"Gun deaths are this nation s third-leading cause of injury- related fatalities, with the most recent data showing that firearms accounted for more than 36,200 deaths in 2015. Over a nine-year period, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 971,000 people were hurt or killed by firearms in the United States with a just-released study finding that such injuries cost nearly $25 billion in hospital emergency and inpatient care from 2006 to 2014."
A gun in a household doubles the risk of homicide and triples the risk of suicide in that household.
The 89 shell casings from bullets represent the number of deaths each day to gun violence in the United States. This statistic was from several years ago. I don't understand how we continue to see these mass shootings in the news without any changes in our gun laws.
“The United States has nearly 400 million guns, by some estimates, and more guns in private hands per capita than in any other country. Yet young Americans (15-24) are nearly 50 times more likely to die by gun than their peers in other high-income countries, and the United States accounts for 91 percent of children (younger than 15) killed by guns among high-income countries. This massive supply of guns does not protect us and does not make us safer. “
Checking the Cost of Gun Violence, 2016
Materials: Check writing machine, gun, 89 shells from bullets, recycled tin, paint, silver, screws.
8" ht. x 15.5" w. x 16" d. Retail price: $18,089
This artwork is included in the exhibition titled Imagine Peace Now.
Do guns deter crime or enable violence? Can we reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence? Check the evidence!
Click on either of these postcard images (above) to see installation shots at East Carolina University School of Art and Design.
This exhibition was organized by Boris Bally.
Previous venues include:
Wellington B Gray Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
November 2016 - January 2017
Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
February - June 2017
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Louisville, Kentucky
January - March 2018
Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, St. Louis, MO
April - May 2018
Radius Gallery, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz, CA
October - November 2018
Studio Images of "Checking the Cost of Gun Violence" in progress
Click on the images in this gallery for a description of this sculpture in progress.
Fabrication of Checking the Cost of Gun Violence includes hydraulic matrix die form for fabricating a new gun handle grip from recycled tin cans. Traditional silversmithing hollowware skills were used to form the red recycled tin for pool of blood. (This is the original red finish on the tin can ans it was not repainted) Riveting for lettering assembly. Lettering is from recycled tin cans. Grinding and polishing to retrofit disabled gun to fit checking machine handle. Paint for blood on the check writing machine, tap & die.
More Interesting Videos and Articles:
What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost? (youtube video)
MarieClaire Magazine online has extensive statistics and articles about Women & Guns.