I'm sure they aren't, but are their lives any less valuable than the kids in Newtown? California (the state with he toughest gun laws) has a 50% higher population than Texas (one of the most lax in regards to gun laws), yet the murder by firearm rate is 100% higher in California than in Texas. How about Washington DC and Chicago.....2 of the cities with the strictest gun laws coincidentally have the highest rates of murder by firearm.
edit: more exact #s. in 2011 in california there was 3.25 gun murders per 100,000. In texas there was 2.91. DC is 12.46 per 100,000. Montana which may be the MOST lax gun control wise in the country is 0.76 gun murders per 100,000. Granted these are 2011 numbers but I'm sure they're close to the current numbers.
"oh, a new gun control law, better turn in my gun."......said no criminal ever.
Oh, don't start this, please... Or I'll have to point out that the guns used in crimes in NY and Chicago come mostly from the south where there are very lax gun laws.
I'd also point out that although guns are used in less than 20% of suicide attempts they have a 90%+ success ratio and therefore make up more than half of successful suicides.
But we're not going to have that conversation.