February 8, 2013

The Post periodically publishes pictures of U.S. troops killed in our wars overseas in the Faces of the Fallen feature. This is, in my opinion, very effective in bringing home to Americans the human cost of war. Why can’t The Post do the same with victims of gun violence?

In 2010, more than 30,000 deaths were attributed to gun violence in the country. That equates to an average of 577 deaths per week, or 82 per day. If The Post could periodically publish the photos of the victims with abbreviated information about each death for a one-week period or even just one one-day, I think it would go a long way toward illustrating the true human cost of gun violence. I realize collecting the information on every death would be a large task, but I am also certain that the information would be extremely pertinent to the issue and debate at hand.

William Novak, Arlington