Letters

Restricting gun availability won't reduce gun violence

Posted: Mar. 13, 2020 4:40 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, the 15 leading causes of death did not include homicide or gun-related deaths.

73,790 people died of drug-induced causes the same year.

35,823 people died from alcohol-induced causes.

39,773 people died from firearm-related injury. This figure includes gun murders and gun suicides, along with three other, less common types of gun-related deaths tracked by the CDC: those that were unintentional, involved law enforcement or whose circumstances could not be determined.

38,659 people died from motor-vehicle traffic-related injuries.

37,587 people died as a result of falls.

Four major mechanisms of injury in 2017--poisoning, motor-vehicle traffic, firearm and falls--accounted for 78.7% of all injury deaths.

There were 243,039 deaths due to mechanisms.

Depending on who you read and who did what poll, the number of guns in America is about 250 million to nearly 400 million. Using the lowest count of guns, 250 million, and rounding up the 2017 gun deaths to 40,000, that's 0.0016 percent of the guns in America related to all firearm deaths.

Believing the restriction of availability of guns is going to lessen gun violence is not correct, because no gun law(s) can guarantee that criminals will never have guns.

Regardless how cliché you think it is, people kill people. Inanimate objects do not commit crimes, nor do they cause people to commit crimes (nor injure themselves).

Perhaps we should make people against the law? Oh, we already do: it's called abortion.

Myron Blaine

Hannibal, Mo.