Posted September 23, 2015 10:00 am by Comments

By Dean Weingarten


In a letter to the editor in new Hampshire’s, Anthony McManus compares motor vehicle deaths and those associated with guns. “The difference is greater than just numbers. Millions of people, on a daily basis, drive thousands of miles in cars, trucks, buses, vans, motorcycles. Except in a very small number of cases deaths are caused by “accidents”— drivers falling asleep, poor road conditions, driver inattention, weather conditions, vehicle malfunction and, unfortunately, drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. When a death occurs it is almost always unintended. Gun deaths, on the other hand . . .

are almost always a deliberate act — homicide against targeted (and usually known) individuals, or suicide.

That is mostly correct. The vast majority of firearms-related fatalities, about two-thirds, are suicides. Legislating whether a magazine holds 15 or 30 rounds will make absolutely no difference to their frequency. Whether a gun is a single shot or semi-automatic will also make no difference.

Suicides who use guns are not trying to seek help. They are trying to die. Numerous substitution methods are available, as the Japanese, Belgians, Hungarians, and Koreans – who have virtually no guns and suicide rates about twice that of the …read more

Source:: Truth About Guns

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