Maloney Highlights Staggering Cost of Gun Violence
U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Greenpoint, Western Queens, East Manhattan), Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), this week called on members of the Senate to find “the courage to act” to address the nation’s gun violence epidemic.
She spoke at a JEC hearing today, which came shortly after the Committee published a state-by-state analysis of gun violence that found the crisis imposes more than $200 billion in total annual costs on the country, which is about 1.4 percent of GDP.
“There is no way to estimate the ‘cost of human’ life. The loss is incalculable,” Maloney said in her opening statement. “But there is also economic cost – a lost breadwinner’s income, astronomical medical costs, costs to employers, schools, police, hospitals and the criminal justice system.
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