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    I have used 'gun violence' because the stats are heavily in the suicide, murder columns. Also because whether the gun is fired accidentally or with intention, it is a violent weapon that causes a lot of harm. Which can become even more violent and harmful if it is loaded with really powerful, exploding type bullets.

    The underlying problem to "Guns don't kill people..."

    Gun Control Debate: 6 Chilling Facts About Guns in the U.S.            

    1. Guns are used in most suicides: According to a 2011 report  from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the #10 cause of death in the U.S. with 38,285 deaths reported. Of those suicides, guns were used in 19,766 cases (52%). Restricting access to guns may not impact the suicide rate, but then again it might. {It does, significantly.}

    2. Guns are used in most homicides: The same report states that homicide by gun represented 11,101 deaths, 70% of total homicides. The annual homicide total in 2011 was 15,953.

    3. Guns take innocent lives: Accidental firearm deaths accounted for 851 funerals. It may seem a small number considering the total deaths for the year exceeded 2.5 million, but if your family member was among them it would have been a tragic loss.  {Emphasis added}

    National Institute of Justice, FBI stats on violent crime.
    According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 467,321 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. In the same year, data collected by the FBI show that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.
    Most homicides in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.  {Emphasis added}
    467,321 - 31,718 = 435,603  additional people who had a gun aimed at them, many shot but not killed, while threatened, assaulted, robbed, raped, etc.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:32:56 PM PDT

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      mostly.  USA Today article addressed the cost of medical care for "gun violence."  Maybe I'm wrong, but when I hear that, I think of someone intentionally doing harm to someone else.  As this diary shows, that's not where the real carnage is, and I'm sure that the cost and consequences of blowing a hole in yourself or others while cleaning a gun is pretty much the same as if someone does it intentionally.

      I agree, a gun going off is a violent thing, and if a bullet hits someone it's even more violent.  

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