Newtown by the Numbers 103 Days Later

Newtown by the Numbers 103 Days Later


This originally appeared in the Rev. John Hudson's blog, Sherborn Pastor.

“America is coming dangerously close to replacing the second commandment with the second amendment.” 
-The Reverend Matthew Crebin, NewtownCongregational Church

Second Amendment: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Second Commandment: “You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.”

Date of Newtown massacre: December 14, 2012

Number of shooting victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School: 26

Victims aged six or seven: 20   

Adult victims: 6

Number of days since shootings in Newtown: 103

New federal gun control laws banning assault weapons: 0

New federal gun control laws regulating magazine size: 0

New federal gun control laws expanding gun purchase background checks: 0

New federal gun control laws expanding ammunition purchase background checks: 0

Percentage of Americans favoring criminal background checks on all buyers, including gun shows and private sales: 85 percent

Favoring mandatory criminal background checks on bullet and ammunition purchases: 70 percent

Favoring banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons: 51 percent

Gun used to kill Newtown victims: Bushmaster XM-15 E2S semi-automatic rifle

Cost: $1,274.18

Maximum rate of fire: 45 rounds per minute

National Rifle Association (NRA) membership pre-Newtown: 4,000,000

Post-Newtown: 4,500,000

NRA membership as percentage of American population: 1.2 percent

NRA anti-gun control lobbying budget: $25,000,000

NRA Political Action Committee Candidate Donations (2012): $11,000,000

Number of new federal and state gun control laws favored by the NRA: 0

Number of U.S. mass shootings since 1900 (four or more victims in a single incident): 157

From 1900 to 1979: 41

From 1980 to 2013: 116 (including 14 from 2010 to the present)

Number of guns owned by American: 270,000,000

Guns per 100 citizens in U.S.: 88.8

World ranking: 1

Number of U.S. gun related deaths since Newtown: 2,884

Average number of firearms related deaths per day: 28

Names and ages of those who died in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2014:
Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Madeleine F. Hsu, 6; Catherine V. Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Aveille Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison N. Wyatt, 6;  Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Rachel Davino, 29; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27

(Sources: Fox News Poll, March 2013;,, National Rifle Association, Small Arms Survey: Cambridge University; Boston Globe,,,



John F. Hudson

Rev. John Hudson serves the Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Sherborn, Massachusetts. His newspaper column "Spiritually Speaking," explores the intersection of faith and popular culture​.

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