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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-06-10 01:17 AM
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63. Very fair question.
But, we have to add in more data. About half those gun deaths are suicides. Of the deaths that are reported as 'accidents', you can be sure a goodly portion are also suicides, misreported for insurance purposes.

As with some of your people who died of heart disease, that would have died from old age anyway, many of the firearms deaths would have committed suicide anyway. Changing the available tool makes little difference, looking at Japan, where firearms are practically illegal for civilian possession, yet the suicide rate is higher than ours.
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