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    I have no criticisms of the statistics reported by the SF Cornoner's office, except that it is specific to SF alone.

    The CDC collects statistics on causes of death across the country.  The CDC reports that for the nation as a whole, every year 30,000+ Americans die from gunshot injuries.

    The CDC reports that more women attempt suicide than do men, and that for women, poisoning is the most common method chosen.  More men complete (die from) their suicide attempts than do women, and guns are the most common means of suicide among men.

    Further research has shown that there is a significant positive correlation between the numbers of guns in the US and the number of people dying from gunshot injuries (and the correlation remains significant but is somewhat smaller for the number of people who suffer a non-fatal gunshot injury).

    For anyone who favors rational thought, these are all damning indictments against the proliferation of guns in America.

    I agree that reducing the number of guns in America may not result in a large reduction in the number of all suicide.  It certainly may reduce the number of suicides completed using a gun.  And given that over 100,000+ Americans are injured every year by guns, it makes perfect sense to reduce the number of guns in America, both for the decrease in suicides and the all the other people who had no intention of hurting themselves when they got shot.  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 03:38:07 PM PDT

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