33,636 Gun Deaths Visualized
Matt Haughey
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33,636 sure looks like a big number, when shown with one gun per death. It doesn’t look nearly as big when compared with 330,000,000 US residents. And only about a third of those deaths are homicides, with very likely 80% of those homicides being gang-related (though no reliable data exists for that), leaving only 2,000 actual homicides by those of us who would be affected by ANY new gun-related statutes, that’s 0.6 per 100,000.

And yes, the suicide rate might decrease a little were guns harder to get. Or distraught Americans might switch to Japan’s gun-free suicide methods. People who really want to snuff it will find a way. It’s not that hard. We’re fragile beings.

Source: http://usconservatives.about.com/od/capitalpunishment/a/Putting-Gun-Death-Statistics-In-Perspective.htm

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