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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: More killed in accidents with guns than in self defense

  • Some stats about guns (sources are listed at end):
    1. 31,672 people died by guns in 2010 (61 percent suicides, homicides where each knew each other); 337,960 non-fatal violent crimes were committed w/guns; 73,505 were treated in ERs for non-fatal bullet wounds; 1,082 females, 267 males killed by intimate partner, 54 percent by gun. (C)
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  • To the editor:
    Some stats about guns (sources are listed at end):
    1. 31,672 people died by guns in 2010 (61 percent suicides, homicides where each knew each other); 337,960 non-fatal violent crimes were committed w/guns; 73,505 were treated in ERs for non-fatal bullet wounds; 1,082 females, 267 males killed by intimate partner, 54 percent by gun. (C)
    2. Every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justified shooting, there were four unintentional shootings; seven criminal assaults or homicides and 11 attempted or completed suicides. (A)
    3. A gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a criminal assault, accidental death or injury, a suicide attempt or a homicide than it is for self defense. (A)
    4. Data shows that in states that prohibit gun ownership by men who have received a domestic violence retraining order, gun-caused homicides of intimate partners have been reduced by 25 percent.(D)
    5. Strong regulation and oversight of licensed gun dealers defined as having a state law that required state or local licensing of retail firearm sellers, mandatory record keeping by those sellers, law enforcement access to records for inspection, regular inspections of gun dealers and mandated reporting of theft of loss of firearms – was associated with 64 percent less diversion of guns to criminals by in-state gun dealers. (D)
    6. 30 gun murders per day; 74 percent NRA members support background checks on all sales; Missouri law 1982 required permit to purchase was repealed in 2007 whereby it was found two times diversion rate to criminals and gun homicides doubled. (B)
    Sources: A - Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care: Jan 98, Vol. 44, Issue 1, pg 155-160,"Weapons of Choice:..."by Wintemute, Garen J.,MD et al; Aug. 98, Vol. 45, Issue 2, pg. 263-267,"Injuries and Deaths Due to Firearms in the Home," by Kellermann, Arthur L.,MD et al.
    B - Dr. Webster's National Press Club Presentation, March 15, 2013, C-Span Video library. Topic: Reducing Gun Violence.
    C – CDC data.
    D – May, Scientific American, Gun Science: How data can help clarify the gun-control debate by Michael Shermer, publisher Skeptic Magazine.
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