The sheer number and variety of statistics available to describe the uniquely American experience of gun violence is mind-boggling — per capita gun ownership is the highest in the world at 112 guns per 100 residents, the US has over eight times the rate of deaths from gun violence as the average European country, American teens are seventeen times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in other high-income countries, the list goes on.

Younge recounts these statistics, but he offers a much more meaningful story that helps us understand the reality of our culture in “Another Day in the Death of America“. By telling the individual stories of ten children who died from gun violence on November 23, 2013 the reader is able to see beyond the statistics and acknowledge the unique tragedy of a child’s death from a gun. As Younge states at the beginning of his book, “this is not a book about gun control; it is a book made possible by the absence of gun control”.

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