7 Deadly Days

In one ordinary week, 464 people died in America's continuing epidemic of gunfire. On the following pages are their stories.

They are the commonplace tragedies that occur every day in communities across the U.S. The smoldering anger between a husband and wife ignites and ends with a pistol shot. The suffocating weight of depression vanishes, with gunfire, into the imagined peace of death. A hunting trip turns tragic, and a family is destroyed. The stupidity of playing with a loaded weapon leaves a young boy dead. The momentary incivility of a pair of barroom brawlers results in bloody death.

Events like these happen so often that Americans' sense of horror and outrage has been numbed. Death by gunfire has become nearly...

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