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Euromutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:46 PM
Response to Reply #144
168. I concede I overstates, but not because I was excluding suicides
It was because I incorrectly remembered the number of DGUs according to the NCVS as higher than it actually was. Nevertheless, my point stands, albeit less dramatically.

Back of the envelope calculation here:
The 1993 NCVS counted 108,000 DGUs; according to the CDC, there were just short of 40,000 deaths due to gunshot wounds that same year. So assuming these numbers are accurate, DGUs outnumbered firearm deaths (including suicides and accidents) by a factor of 2.7.

However, the evidence is strong that the number of DGUs produced by the NCVS is far too low, because the survey does not explicitly ask about DGUs.

Should I have clarified that "GSW" is short for "gunshot wound"? Because I get the impression you interpreted it as something else. If so, my apologies for that oversight on my part.
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