Mother Jones Investigates the True Cost of Gun Violence

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A new report from Mother Jones attempts to quantify the true economic cost of gun violence in America and how much of that burden is shouldered by taxpayers. The magazine breaks down the costs -- including medical expenses, prison time and decreased quality of life -- and estimates a homicide averages about $500,000. The lead author, Mark Follman, joins us to talk about the findings, why there is so little research on this topic and his profiles of gunshot victims.


Mark Follman, senior editor of Mother Jones magazine and lead author of "The True Cost of Gun Violence"