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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Facts, effects and myths about guns in the USA

Also about that gun stuff. I saw a number 60,000 and im not sure what it represents. Here in america the total number of gun related deaths per year are around 30,000 (according to the CDC). But you have to keep in mind that these include all gun related suicides, killing yourself via gun is very popular here in america. In fact it accounts for 17-18,000 of that 30,000 I mentioned. Then you look at the people cops shot(around 400) , accidentally shot (around 700) etc. Basically 12,000 is the number we're left with of people who shoot and kill someone on purpose every year in america.

The majority of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides,[5] with 17,352 (55.6%) of the total 31,224 firearm-related deaths in 2007 due to suicide, while 12,632 (40.5%) were homicide deaths.

I'm not sure how well you guys are at gauging risk, but just as a comparison you're 4 times more likely to die in a car wreck than getting shot. Three times more likely to die from being poisoned, twice as likely to die from an "unintentional fall". Some of these might sound about right but how about these two: you're hundreds of times more likely to die from eating fast food or smoking cigarettes than you are from being shot. You don't even have to smoke, you're 4 times more likely to die from second hand smoke than from being shot.

~Lists of the top 10 things that kill men~

So relatively speaking things that are far more likely to kill you in america rather than being shot: fast food, cigarettes, alcohol, second hand smoke, driving a car, poisoning, falling, cancers.... Theres a lot.

Also I'd like to look at the ways that guns are used, when they are used. Are we running around shooting up ez marts and stuff every day or are we using them to save lives and defend ourselves?

Article: 24 out of 25 gun uses are for self defense, and not crime.

Actual numbers:

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