Checking the Cost of Gun Violence full view

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?

check writing machine metaphor about the cost 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. 

artwork about gun violence with gun and blood
gun close-up as metaphor for gun violence

A gun in a household doubles the risk of homicide and triples the risk of suicide in that household.

gun pointing to cost of suicide

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. 

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA  Photo Credit:  Eric Petersen

Checking the Cost of Gun Violence at the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Photo Credit: Eric Petersen

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

color catalog for I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now

Purchase this beautiful full color catalog for the exhibition I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now. 
Every artist in the traveling exhibition is included in the catalog.


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:

MarieClaire Magazine online has extensive statistics and articles about Women & Guns.