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Thu Jun 23, 2016, 09:39 AM Jun 2016

How many here have had gun violence affect their lives? [View all]

Note: this includes any type of rifle.

Even in a small midwestern town my life has been greatly affected by guns.
If I were a betting person, I would bet that 80% or more Americans have been personally affected by gun violence.
The first incident was at age 12 when my best friend's father was murdered when I was staying overnight. Since then there has been a dozen or so incidents that involved friends, relatives or friends of my kids plus incidents of threats that were very real.

65 votes, 2 passes | Time left: Unlimited
I have been involved in gun violence
12 (18%)
My immediate family has been involves in gun violence
13 (20%)
My extended family has been involved in gun violence
11 (17%)
Close friends have been involved in gun violence
8 (12%)
neighbors have been involved in gun violence
1 (2%)
2 (3%)
Fortunately, neither I nor family or friends have been involved in gun violence
18 (28%)
add on - my workplace has been involved in gun violence while I was employed there
0 (0%)
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None, simply because we only own shotguns ffr Jun 2016 #1
i would include any type of rifle in the generic term 'gun violence' rurallib Jun 2016 #5
you know the story of the magic rock, right? Javaman Jun 2016 #29
birdshot will easily go through drywall. Travis_0004 Jun 2016 #38
Nope. ffr Jun 2016 #72
How does your owning shotguns prevent gun violence elsewhere? uppityperson Jun 2016 #63
don't you know? Javaman Jun 2016 #64
I don't understand the flaming ffr Jun 2016 #74
I think you misinterpretted the question/answers ffr Jun 2016 #73
Has had zero impact on my life. PeteSelman Jun 2016 #2
I've had extended family AND close friends affected, both, as victims and perpetrators ... 1StrongBlackMan Jun 2016 #3
Five deaths CountAllVotes Jun 2016 #4
Had a neighbor commit suicide with gun, so I picked neighbor (nt) TacoD Jun 2016 #6
Everything above "other". ladyVet Jun 2016 #7
No doubt there are many that could check multiple boxes rurallib Jun 2016 #9
1991 - Cousin Murdered JustAnotherGen Jun 2016 #8
Held up GoldenSF Jun 2016 #10
Does war count? 11 Bravo Jun 2016 #11
I was thinking more of civilian American life rurallib Jun 2016 #15
You should have included the workplace. My old boss was shot sufrommich Jun 2016 #12
I'll see if I can add that - thanks rurallib Jun 2016 #17
excellent suggestion .... I chose extended family etherealtruth Jun 2016 #39
I know/knew several who were affected Hayduke Bomgarte Jun 2016 #13
My half brother shot and killed my father. Tierra_y_Libertad Jun 2016 #14
I stopped an attempted assault on me with a knife using my gun Lee-Lee Jun 2016 #16
Well I would say that neither you nor family or friends have been rurallib Jun 2016 #23
Um... hunter Jun 2016 #46
That's good Turin_C3PO Jun 2016 #55
When all you have is a gun... hunter Jun 2016 #60
My father Turin_C3PO Jun 2016 #56
I couldn't check all of the first five, so I checked "other". Iggo Jun 2016 #18
3 tiimes, the first was in 5th grade... Javaman Jun 2016 #19
Urban educator - including Detroit in the early 90s salin Jun 2016 #20
family friends and neighbors have been affected rurallib Jun 2016 #24
thanks for the reply, and for the poll. salin Jun 2016 #27
Depends... ileus Jun 2016 #21
definitely falls in the 'family' or 'friends' category rurallib Jun 2016 #28
does a drunk & buck naked former college roommate pointing a loaded assault rifle in my face count? corkhead Jun 2016 #22
sounds like it to me rurallib Jun 2016 #25
my mercuryblues Jun 2016 #26
Can you clarify what kind of "gun violence" you have in mind? Orrex Jun 2016 #30
All of the above rurallib Jun 2016 #32
In that case, I can click on three of the options. Orrex Jun 2016 #33
A few whatthehey Jun 2016 #31
Never been affected, Thak God. NaturalHigh Jun 2016 #34
I was held at gunpoint once by a crazed trucker. nolabear Jun 2016 #35
Yup. Igel Jun 2016 #36
perhaps some of the gun control laws suggested may not have helped in these cases rurallib Jun 2016 #45
I can only choose one option, so it will not be accurate. Glassunion Jun 2016 #37
pick any one - it is not a scientific survey rurallib Jun 2016 #41
Forgot one when I listed incidents in reply #13 Hayduke Bomgarte Jun 2016 #40
I've lost one friend to gun violence, LongtimeAZDem Jun 2016 #42
My best friend in Jr. high school was shot in the head and killed by her BF Maru Kitteh Jun 2016 #43
good grief rurallib Jun 2016 #44
Thank you. It still brings me to tears. She didn't die right away. Maru Kitteh Jun 2016 #49
one of my dear friends killed himself, one of my friends was shot by her husband (she niyad Jun 2016 #47
I'm not sure how to answer that. LWolf Jun 2016 #48
a threat if believable would count for me rurallib Jun 2016 #50
The threat: LWolf Jun 2016 #65
sounds like a very real threat to me rurallib Jun 2016 #68
The San Bernardino shooting. I've written about it in my journal here. eom BlueCaliDem Jun 2016 #51
I checked immediate family. yellerpup Jun 2016 #52
My SO's grandfather was killed thucythucy Jun 2016 #53
Small Town Violence MadCrow Jun 2016 #54
I lost 2 friends to suicide by firearm. n/t TexasBushwhacker Jun 2016 #57
When I was 5 GusBob Jun 2016 #58
A co-worker bought a rifle on her lunch hour ... kwassa Jun 2016 #59
repeatedly. so many times in fact, ghostsinthemachine Jun 2016 #61
How many have had gun violence in their lives jon31433 Jun 2016 #62
Mixed Aerows Jun 2016 #66
Oh. You have a Berserker mom too. hunter Jun 2016 #69
Oh yeah. Aerows Jun 2016 #70
One close friend committed suicide by gun after his wife was raped and stabbed to death. FrodosPet Jun 2016 #67
This has been an incredible eye opener for me rurallib Jun 2016 #71
Once had a gun shot at me from a distance and missed (by a stranger). Once had gun pointed at me, Squinch Jun 2016 #75
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