Since I couldn’t find a chart I liked – I created this one. Seems like if we could do something about mental health issues and gang violence we could almost ignore guns all together. Why are so many people committing suicide? Why are so many people turning to gangs. These are the real questions we should be asking.
Is gun control the solution? I don’t think so. Here are the facts so you can decide for yourself.
1.Total Firearm Deaths: 31,672 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm
2.Total suicides by firearms: 19,392 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/suicide.htm
3.Justifiable Homicide (self defense by citizen against felon): 201 http://cnsnews.com/blog/stephen-gutowski/fbi-77-justifiable-homicides-involved-firearms-99-police
4.Justifiable Homicide (by police against felon) 343 http://www.bjs.gov/content/homicide/d_justify.cfm
5.Accidents: (2010) 851 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_06.pdf
6.Gang related (2010) 8880 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_06.pdf