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100 Days Since Newtown: More Than 3K Gun Deaths in US

Los Gatos gun retailer Templar Sports opens two weeks after tragedy sparking protests.

Thursday marks 100 days since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Despite public outcry for stricter gun laws—particularly limits on assault weapons—more than 2,200 people have been killed by guns in the United States since Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot 20 children and six educators, according to a tally by the Huffington Post.

A similar project by Slate and Twitter feed @GunDeaths puts the total at 3,053 as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

Among the dead are three men killed during a marijuana sale gone bad in Forestville, a crime that captured the public's attention in Sonoma County and took a toll on detectives.

In total, 355 people in California have died of gunshot wounds since the Sandy Hook mass murder. In addition to the Forestville slayings, many of the killings have been in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • One in Campbell, the city's first homicide in six years.
  • Four in East Palo Alto.
  • One each in Burlingame, Marin City, Gilroy and Napa.
  • Nine in San Jose.
  • Four in Santa Cruz, including two police officers gunned down by a suspect in a sexual assault case.
  • Three in Watsonville.
  • Two in Santa Rosa.
  • Eight in San Francisco.

The Sandy Hook mass murder reignited the national debate on gun control, though some question if it's waning in the months since the school shooting.

In Los Gatos, the opening of gun retailer Templar Sports, 611 University Ave., just days after the school massacre sparked protests from parents. A moratorium has been adopted on future gun sales in town.

The Senate is expected to vote month on a legislative package that includes provisions to expand background checks on gun purchases, creates new penalties for straw purchases and includes funding to bolster school safety, according to USA Today. The legislation does not ban assault weapons.

LGCRC Coffee drinker March 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM
How many rapes were prevented?? How many of those killed by a gun were rapists? How dare you attack a woman's right to defend herself you pea brain.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 28, 2013 at 05:47 PM
LGCRC Coffee drinker, with all due respect, you're starting to sound like a troll in your comments and I must warn you that your account can be suspended. Who's attacking a woman's right to defend herself in this story?
Jess B. Guy March 28, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Per the Huffington Post -"Chicago has seen more recent gun deaths than any other city in the U.S." The map shows the highest number of gun related deaths occur in areas where gun laws are the strictest. The existence or non-existence of draconian gun laws doesn't always equate to reduction of deaths by firearms. Numbers alone are valueless without application to environment. Drug dealers murder each other. Gun laws (and drug laws) have no impact. Suicides by firearms may decrease if confiscation of firearms is implemented - but actually Australia saw an increase in suicides by hanging after extreme gun laws were enacted. Further, no statistical difference in suicide rate was seen. There's more to law than just passing anything and expecting results. The "war" on drugs is the best example.
LGCRC Coffee drinker March 28, 2013 at 06:33 PM
This is a clear attack on gun ownership and only one side of the story is being presented. I can remember not to many years ago, a woman got hit over the head in the parking garage right here in Los Gatos and got raped. ok I will rephrase the question NOT addressed in the article How many crimes were prevented as a result of gun ownership? http://heelsandhandguns.com/interactive-map-gun-defense/ really a troll?????
BFD95030 March 28, 2013 at 06:40 PM
How many deaths due to Drunk Drivers? Far, far more than from guns. We must outlaw alcohol immediately. No one can "defend" themselves with alcohol. Clearly, it must be banned because some people don't know how to use it without abusing it. And while we're at it, since outlawing drugs works so well in keeping them out of the hands of criminals, outlawing guns will be just as successful. Wake up, sheep!
AR March 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM
american males have a psycho-sexual relationship with guns that they will never give up, even if their own children are killed in the process. a generation of white males left behind by globalization, who supplement their mediocre lives with the faux-confidence of owning a firearm. i've never met anyone whose success in life was awe-inspiring who also obsessed with guns. its always those left behind by a changing world.
Don Wolf March 28, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Dear LGCRC, funny how the Liberals react to our spreading the word about wanting to defend ourselves. They threaten our right to present the real facts. Sheila is following the example of the national liberal cause of trying to shut down Conservative Radio talk shows.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) March 28, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I'm a fan of conservative radio, Don Wolf. :) Never "shut down" those who follow our user terms and leave relevant comments, without attacking other commenters or leaving nonsense comments!
Don Wolf March 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Wow, now we are Neanderthals for wanting to defend ourselves and our children. Now we are out of date because we do not want to herd our children into densly populated flocks and then announce to all that they have nobody to defend them effectively. The idea that by advertising being defensless will in some way deter those who are looking for easy victims appears insane to me. Sounds like AR has never met any successful people, at least I have never met it.
LGCRC Coffee drinker March 28, 2013 at 07:28 PM
excuse me Don, but I am a rabid liberal. Socialist, Communist, Global Citizen, Feminist, Gay Marriage, Agenda 21,anti-white male, solar garbage can, recycled shipping container homes, environmental Nazi. The one sided reporting reminds me of why I dont watch Fox News.
Los Gatos Resident March 28, 2013 at 07:37 PM
How many gun deaths were there in the 100 days prior to the Newtown shooting?
BFD95030 March 28, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the nation. How's that working out?
Steve Johnson March 28, 2013 at 08:07 PM
If you take a harder look at the gun death statistics you will discover that more than 2/3 of them are due to suicide or "accident". These are not homicides. Very few of the actual homicides are innocent bystanders. The vast majority are criminals who are killed during criminal activities. Most of those are killed by illegally purchased hand guns not assault rifles. The hype and emotion needs to be taken out of the discussion and the facts brought back in. We have far more traffic deaths in the US per year and nearly half of those are due to drunk driving. Why don't we make it as difficult to get a drivers license as you want to make it to get a gun license. Why don't we put drunken drivers in jail? You want to save lives? Propose something that will fix the problem not your politically correct sensibilities.
SunTzu March 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM
How about some balanced reporting on the number of violent crimes that are prevented due to guns every day? Nah, that won't fit the narrative that if we can only save one life. The fact is none of the proposed laws would have stopped what happened at Newtown or the next wacko that decides to kill in a so-called "gun free" zone. You can't legislate away evil.
SunTzu March 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Something else that this one-sided article (which quotes from the notorious left leaning Slate and Huffington Post) ignores is that the cities with some of the highest number of gun-related violence have the strictest laws and the least amount of prosecutions of gun crimes: http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/03/28/chicago-los-angeles-new-york-prosecuted-fewest-federal-gun-crimes Maybe we should ask our representatives to enforce the laws that are already on the books rather than pass new ones.
Craig Voight March 29, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Well said Steve.
Don Wolf March 29, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Well said SunTzu!
Jillm March 29, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Wow, this article is ridiculous. In the future, please post something more balanced and factual then a smear piece that is clearly intended to go after legal gun owners & Templar Sports. There are plenty of stories where guns save lives - all you have to do is look for them.
Los Gatos Observer March 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Jillm, Well said! Why did the article smear Templar Sports, a nice store, in the middle of reporting on problems nation-wide? Ralph
D. Walker March 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Wow! Emotions...lacking facts. When I spoke at the last city council meeting regarding Templar Sports I heard "facts" that were read into the record and endorsed by the council. Stated; "Los Gatos has the highest suicide rate on the county (which is true) and 87% of the suicide in the county are with guns." (Which is not true) I spoke with the man from the Coroner's Office that tracks the suicides county wide. In 2012 there were 48 suicides by hanging and 42 suicides by guns. That matches my call log of 21+ years in law enforcement. Next fact taken from Wikipedia and verified independently http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennesaw,_Georgia When Kennesaw Georgia made it mandatory to own a gun, Violent crime rates as well as property crimes perpetrated with a firearm plummeted. So all this drama about guns being evil is not based on facts! If you really believe that being unarmed makes you safer please remain unarmed and while you are at it put a sign in your front yard stating "WE HAVE NO GUNS HERE. WE ARE NOT ARMED."
D. Walker March 30, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Jess, Please read the following info from this Wikipedia link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennesaw,_Georgia Liked your response!
D. Walker March 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Now I'm psycho-sexual? Dang!!! Please read the following info from Wikipedia. You will find that the safest place you can be is in the presence of a trained LAW ABIDING citizen that is armed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennesaw,_Georgia Gosh and supplementing my mediocre life with "faux-confidence" of owning a firearm? : -) I love it! "a generation of white males left behind" (wow! that comment sounds racist) Are you currently in therapy? You might want to consider it. ;-)
D. Walker March 30, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Don, well said and I agree!
D. Walker March 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Great question! Anyone have an answer?
Don Wolf March 31, 2013 at 02:56 AM
I have placards printed that say, "There are no guns in this house." I have offered them to dozens of gun haters. And not one has accepted one to put in their front window. Seems hypocritical.

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