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.
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 will be included in an upcoming show about gun violence in the United States titled Imagine Peace Now.
I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW
Society of Arts and Crafts
February 23- June 10, 2017
November 21, 2016- January 16, 2017
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
East Carolina University
Click on either of these postcard images to see installation shots at East Carolina University School of Art and Design.
If you know of a possible exhibition site for this exhibition, contact me and I will forward the information to the exhibition organizer - Boris Bally.
Purchase this beautiful full color catalog for this exhibition I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now. Every artist in the exhibition is included in the catalog.
Do guns deter crime or enable violence? Can we reduce or check the prevalence of gun violence? Check the evidence!
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:
- Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence
- What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost? (youtube video)
- What Does Gun Violence in America Really Cost?
MarieClaire Magazine online has extensive statistics and articles about Women & Guns.