Originally posted by FMF
Be all that as it may, chilling statistics? Yes or no?
Kinda hard to say, really.
Let's say (on average) it is two deaths per event--- way too high, but let's put it at that number anyway.
So we have 766 shooting deaths with some combination of four or more people either killed or wounded in the US for 2015 thus far.
The total number of homicide shooting deaths just two years ago was a little more than 11,000, or 3.5 per 100,000 people.
Or, as a percentage: 0.0035% which doesn't look overly alarming.
You'd have to nearly double that number to get the total amount of suicides via guns during that same time period.
And when you add up all the gun-related deaths for that year which do not include police or other legal intervention, the total number of those who died from guns represents 1.3% of all deaths.
Compare that with the number of automobile deaths from last year: 33,719 (significantly down from the 1971 high of 54,589) and it doesn't seem as pervasive as the double-spaced listing suggests.
That being said, over 60% of all gun-related deaths each year are purposely self-inflicted and mass shootings are a small fraction of the total numberReveal Hidden Content
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with a steadily declining rate.
Would it be more preferred to have zero deaths as a result of guns?
Clearly; just as it would be better to have no deaths as a result of automobile accidents.
Just as clearly: automobile deaths have gone down with an increased focus on the safety features within their construction.
We cannot make guns safer, as it is their design to injure or kill.
We can make their threat less likely simply by having every person of legal age carrying one.
Some jackass armed to the teeth will likely get a few unsuspecting people in their fury, but the damage they inflict would be seriously mitigated if every person around him/her pulled out Misters Smith and Wesson and ended the lesson...