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The Price of a Life, Mr Trump?

I’ve not posted on here in ages, but I popped the following on facebook and wanted to make sure I had it to hand…

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-views-guns-shifted-time/story?id=39234442

This just popped into my head. Trump’s campaign received (a quick Google tells me) $21m from the NRA – who also spent $19m in non-partisan anti-Hillary advertising, etc. But we’ll stick to that $21m.

Since the orange shitball took over, there have been 35 deaths (students and staff) in school shootings, including one on his inauguration day [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States#2017].

In the same period, including the above where relevant, 103 people have died in mass shootings [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_shootings_in_the_United_States].

Over 15,591 people died from gunshots in the US in 2017, not including suicides (22,000!) [http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/past-tolls].

So, let’s put this in terms that Trump can understand:

One student or faculty member is worth $600,000
One mass shooting victim is worth $203,883.50
One person killed by a firearm (non-suicide) is worth $1346.93
One person killed by a firearm (inc suicides) is worth $558.64

The price of a life, eh? And of course, as time goes on and those numbers of dead rise, the value of a life falls.

Hope the NRA are pleased with the bargain they got.