Facts & Trends

Cost of Gun Violence

Gun violence now costs Americans an estimated $229 billion a year, including the expense of imprisoning gun offenders, medical treatment for the roughly 31,000 people killed and 75,000 wounded each year, lost wages, and loss of quality of life among ...
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Amount of Police Charged With A Crime In Fatal Shootings

There have been thousands of fatal shootings by police since 2005, yet only 54 officers were ever charged with a crime, according to an analysis of official records.  Of those charged, just 11 were convicted or plead guilty ...
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Right place, right time

Cary Clevenger, 14, was playing with his friend Gavin Starns outside Gavin's house in Austin when he happened to look up.  Perched on the ledge of a second-story window was Gavin's 2-year-old brother, Cannon.  At that moment, Cannon pushed through the ...
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The Most Popular Names

The five most popular names for baby girls in 2014 were (in order) Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, and Ava, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  For boys, the most popular were Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, and William ...
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DANGEROUS COMBOS

There were 2.5 million emergency-room visits related to drug use in 2011—half for illegal drugs and half for misused medication. A third of patients had taken two or more substances: multiple drugs or drugs and alcohol ...
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Travel Time

68.4 - The number of minutes Americans spend traveling each day, per capita, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is down from 74.4 minutes in 2003 ...
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Depression – Women vs. Men

"When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping.  Men invade another country." - Elayne Boosler ...
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Voter’s Despair

The reason for the voters’ despair is plain, said Ron Fournier in NationalJoumal.com. The American dream of upward mobility seems dead, and neither party seems to have any plan to revive it. “For many, the Republican Party is becoming too ...
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Food Stamp Benefits Spending Has Gone Up

The government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007. With 15 percent of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program's budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland ...
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Danish Politicians X-rated Campaign Posters

A Danish politician is trying to stand out from his rivals in national elections by appearing in X-rated campaign posters wearing nothing more than a cowboy hat, a holster, and a determined gaze.  John Erik Wagner, 51, who is running ...
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