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Response to discntnt_irny_srcsm (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:25 PM

30. suicides and law enforcement deaths only account for a fraction

I'd argue less than half.

We don't know how many lawful gun owners we have; there is evidence that fewer people now own a larger percentage of the guns.

I don't speak for the Forbes author, but there is a tremendous amount of expense from gun violence to people that is not born by the gun owners. That is just the human costs, not the property costs.

If you want to know how suicide hurts the economy, I suggest you read this from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6001a11.htm

In 2000, the estimated cost of self-directed violence (fatal and nonfatal) was $33 billion ($32 billion in productivity losses and $1 billion in medical costs)


It works for unregistered or illegal firearms by holding people who have guns responsible for the person to whom they transfer a gun by any means without both a background check and proof that person has insurance. A certain number if not all guns that turn up in crimes are traced. It would also certainly be a requirement that people would have to provide secure storage, trigger locks, and to report theft to police --- much like people have requirements for car insurance. Guns have begun to surpass cars in number of deaths in a number of states.

There could very well be advantages in this for the gun owner; if we mandate liability insurance, more companies would be making comprehensive gun coverage available to replace or repair a damaged or stolen gun.

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