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According to latest data from the CDC firearm-related deaths are still hovering around 31,000 per year.
All injury deaths
- Number of deaths: 182,479
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 60.5
Motor vehicle traffic deaths
- Number of deaths: 42, 031
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 13.9
All poisoning deaths
- Number of deaths: 40,059
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 13.3
All firearm deaths
- Number of deaths:31,224
- Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.4
Yes, many other types of death are higher than those caused by firearms. Yes again that you can cherry pick examples of death by other weapons too. However, there is one constant: When firearms are used as personal weapons of mass destruction lots of people are usually killed or injured.
- Virginia Tech Massacre: 32 deaths
- Columbine: 12 deaths
- North Hollywood Shootout: 11 police officers and seven civilians injured
- Fort Hood shootings: 13 soldiers killed
- Arizona shootings: 6 killed and a dozen wounded
- University of Texas: 16 deaths
- California State: 7 deaths
- University of Iowa: 6 deaths
I do think that things like permits, required training, and checks would likely reduce gun-related deaths. However, some apparently think that the inconvenience that comes with these things is not a fair trade for the lives that they might save
Hunters and ranchers should still be able to own a firearm. Civilians without criminal records should have access to firearms for self-defense. These things I’m not against. I think that it should be made extremely difficult–if not illegal–for ANY citizen to have military-grade weapons or accessories. Period. For what it’s worth, I was trained on many of these weapons when I was in the Army and also when I worked corrections. Also, as a civilian I’ve owned more than my fair share of firearms.
Just one guy’s opinion here and I doubt it will change much. Many of the above mass shootings go back to the late 60s. As history shows: The pro-gun lobby will probably keep winning and the bodies will keep piling up.
Addendum: I am generally opposed to censorship. However, there have been a few recent inflammatory comments that I felt compelled to deny. Here’s the deal: I’m going to try hard not to be a dick so I expect the same of you. If I deny your comment it probably means that you need to tone it down and re-submit. Alternately, you can just cut out the middle man and flame me on your own blog.