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Response to samsingh (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:05 AM

59. Obviously if you have 80 million gun owners and 300 million firearms ...

you will see some tragedies caused by firearms.

But let's look at who causes these tragedies.

How many gun deaths are in the US every year?

Answer:

Per the Center for Disease Control, latest figures (2005) show 30,694 firearm deaths (all races, all ages, both sexes) in the United States.
Since a firearm is an inanimate object, it can not be the sole creator/ root cause of a death as it must be handled by a person in order to be fired.
A more accurate description is approximately 16,000 suicides using a firearm
Approximately 12,252 murders by firearms 80% of which are caused by felons/career criminals/gang member activities. USDOJ National Gang Threat Assessment annual report 2009
Approximately 600 justifiable defensive shootings by both police and citizens.
The remainder in accidental firearms discharges
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_gun_deaths_are_in_the_US_every_year


Suicides compose the majority of deaths caused by firearms. It is true that a firearm can make a suicide quick and easy, however there are many ways to commit suicide. A person who wishes to do so can accomplish it even without access to a firearm. Limiting or banning firearm possession would do little to reduce the suicide rate. A better and cheaper healthcare system might reduce this number, possibly significantly.

If 80% of the murders caused by firearms are caused by criminals and criminal gangs that would mean that 8901 were the result of gangs fighting over turf or by people who make or supplement their income in an illegal manner. Only 3342 homicides are the results of previously honest people deciding to use their firearms to kill others.

It would seem logical that attacking the gang problem in our nation might make far more impact on gun violence than banning or greatly restricting firearm ownership for honest people without mental issues.

I feel that first our nation has to admit that we have lost the War on Drugs and our continuing efforts to do so have only resulted in far more organized crime. First we could legalize some drugs such as marijuana which would take much of the profit motive out of smuggling and dealing illegal substances. We than can take much of the money we waste attempting to stop the smuggling of marijuana and use to fight criminal gangs. I feel that these gangs should be considered terrorist organizations as they do indeed terrorize the streets of our nation.

Of course it would also be a good idea to correct the problems with our educational system in order to provide our youth with the knowledge and skills to obtain a good job rather than have to join a criminal gang. We also need to generate jobs that pay a living wage.

The alternative is that we could attempt to pass a lot of "feel good" laws such as another assault weapons ban which will do little good and will cause Democrats to lose seats in Congress and possibly the Presidency in a close election. Such ideas sound great if you seriously believe the propaganda pushed by the organizations who wish to impose draconian gun laws.









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