A new chart shows the startling contrast between the number of Americans killed each year by gun violence and U.S. citizens killed by terrorism since 9/11.
The chart, created by the U.S. State and the Justice departments and published by Vox, shows that more than 10,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence annually. The number of terror-related deaths is so low that it appears to be “zero” on the government-created chart.
More than 10,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001.
The chart follows another deadly shooting massacre, this time at an Oregon Community College. As is common in the wake of mass shootings, the tragedy sparked heated debates about gun control.
After the shooting spree, President Barack Obama put out aplea to the media, saying “Have news organizations 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, and post those side by side on your news reports.”
The chart was Vox’sresponse to Obama’s request, according to the report.
The U.S. has put more than a trillion dollars and led tireless efforts to battle terrorism, Obama said in his address.
“And yet we have a Congress that explicity blocks us from even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths,” he said. “How can that be?”