Step 2 - write LOVE and add Trump tweet
closeup of Trump's tweet
Step 3 - paint over - erase Trump's tweet.
Later removed word LOVE as felt artwork
worked well without it
acrylic on canvas 30” H X 24’ W
“Love” from a smaller piece of the same name from “Freedom” series oil pastel on paper 17” H X 11” W
I sketched the outline including the word LOVE and then added a tweet from Trump. “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s like, incredible.”
I decided to forego using the word love as felt the piece was strong on better without it’s addition.I erased the tweet and completed the painting “LOVE”
Gun Violence In America
Statistics on gun violence in America and Americans killed by terrorists
Approximately 1.4 million people have been killed using firearms in the U.S. between 1968 and 2011.
3,066 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks from 9/11/2001 through 12/31/2014, including perpetrators and excluding deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gun violence in the United States results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually. In 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.2 injuries per 100,000 U.S. citizens) and 33,636 deaths due to "injury by firearms" (10.6 deaths per 100,000 U.S. citizens). These deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides, 21,175 suicides, 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with "undetermined intent.” Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013, 1.3% were related to firearms. In 2010, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were committed using a firearm. In 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. In 2012, 64% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. were suicides. In 2010, there were 19,392 firearm-related suicides, and 11,078 firearm-related homicides in the U.S. In 2010, 358 murders were reported involving a rifle while 6,009 were reported involving a handgun; another 1,939 were reported with an unspecified type of firearm.
Firearms were used to kill 13,286 people in the U.S. in 2015, excluding suicide. Approximately 1.4 million people have been killed using firearms in the U.S. between 1968 and 2011.
In 2010, gun violence cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $516 million in direct hospital costs.
American Deaths in Terrorist Attacks
According to the Global Terrorism Database , 80 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks from 2004 to 2013, including perpetrators and excluding deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, the majority of which are combat- related. Of those 80 Americans killed, 36 were killed in attacks that occurred in the United States.
More broadly, 3,066 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks from 9/11/2001 through 12/31/2014, including perpetrators and excluding deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.
o 2,961 of these deaths occurred on American soil.
o 2,902 of these deaths occurred during the attacks on September 11, 2001.