Americans killed by gun violence continues to rise

House Speaker hopes to pass new legislation to stop gun violence

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’ve ever driven on the Mass Pike from Boston, you may have noticed a billboard tallying the number of people killed from gun violence.

The billboard is run by Stop Handgun Violence and is expected to reach 50,000 deaths on Wednesday. That’s just since the Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, just 19 months ago.

The billboard is based off historical averages of 83 gun deaths per day. A State House bill proposes changes to background checks for private gun sales.

Some said they don’t think more laws are the answer. Brian Jensen of Easthampton told 22News, “That issue can be cleared up by relieving some of the tension on society and maybe equal pay, maybe more jobs, that sort of thing. More laws aren’t going to cut it. We’ve been making laws forever and people are going to use guns. They don’t care about laws.”

According to Stop Handgun Violence, the number of gun violence deaths in the U.S. is more than 10 times the number of Americans killed in the war in Iraq and twenty times the number killed in Afghanistan.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo hopes to pass new legislation to stop gun violence by the end of this month.

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