The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Let's look at some neutral stats on guns

  • I'm writing in response to the letter published on May 9, 2013, by Mr. Banks regarding his statistics and sources regarding gun issues.
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  • To the editor:
    I'm writing in response to the letter published on May 9, 2013, by Mr. Banks regarding his statistics and sources regarding gun issues.
    Mr. Banks used the resources of Dr. Garen Wintemute and Dr. Arthur Kellermann. Both of whom are staunch anti-gun opponents. So, it should be obvious that these two doctors would somehow twist the numbers to benefit their side of the gun debate. Mr. Banks also uses numbers from the CDC (which has been commissioned by this administration to come up with studies showing guns in the hands of civilians are evil). BTW - the numbers used from the CDC were from 1998 to which he left out this CDC statistic – Americans used firearms to scare away home intruders on the average of 500,000 times each year.
    So, I would like to share some other statistics with you, that are not from the NRA or any other source that has a pro-firearm or anti-gun agenda. Instead I would like to use numbers from the national crime institute, the Journal of quantitative criminology, as well as the national homicide data table (All neutral sources). And here is what I found:
    Citizens have used firearms to defend themselves more than 1 million times per year.
    More than 200,000 women have used a firearm to protect themselves each year.
    We also find that citizens who have shot someone on accident (misidentifying them as a criminal) is 2 percent. While the same "error rate" with law enforcement officers is at 11 percent.
    The Bureau of Justice National Crime Survey, gave us these following numbers – approx. 550 rapes and 1,100 murders were prevented each year just by showing a firearm.
    Those who are against our Second Amendment want to rely on emotions to push their anti-gun agenda and they do so by putting words like "children" and "accidents" in their statements.
    Well, in 2012 (these numbers have been rounded out) there were:
    • Approx. 830,000 deaths caused by auto accidents in the U.S.
    • Aprox. 175,000 deaths by drowning.
    • Approx. 2,800 killed in accidents without firearms.
    • Approx. 2,300 died due to cancer.
    • Approx. 1,500 died due to abuse and/or neglect.
    • Approx. 500 have died via firearm accidents. (This number includes children as well as adults).
    So, if you really want to help save the lives of children, then we better outlaw backyard swimming pools before firearms. I feel both sides of the aisle can find statistics to try to back their claims. However, I have a very simple solution to both sides of the argument:
    1) If you are against the private ownership of a firearm – don't buy one.
    2) If you choose to exercise your God-given right to self defense – Please remember, safety first.
    Page 2 of 2 - There, now wasn't that simple.
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