(The Guardian) -- The cover of the recent Children's Defense Fund report (pdf) on gun violence in the United States carries a single statistic:
"The number of children and teens killed by guns in one year would fill 134 classrooms of 20 students each."
That's just a more dramatic way of stating an already staggering figure – 2,694 in 2010. Most of the report's 73 following pages are devoted to restating it. Sometimes, this done to illustrate the chilling frequency of such deaths:
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• One child or teen died every 3 hours and 15 minutes
• Seven children and teens died every day, more than 20 every three days
• Fifty-one children and teens died every week