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  •  There is also another little statistic (10+ / 0-)

    Back in 1977, 57% of all households had a gun.

    By 2009, only 31% of all households had a gun (but those households typically had more than one).

    The decrease in gun violence since the 1970's, IMO, is a direct reflection of the fewer households with guns.

    But the NRA doesn't want to look at it that way.

    I've had too many friends blow their brains out.  One friends' suicide note (early 2012) specifically talks about how he saved all this money for a special gun to do himself in with.  So disconnected.  He needed help, not a gun.

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    by MarciaJ720 on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 09:28:25 AM PDT

    •  most of those were long guns.... (2+ / 0-)
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      rifles and shotguns used for hunting.  Handguns are much more often used in suicide, and are the firearm increasing in number the most.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 09:45:44 AM PDT

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    •  So sorry for your loss (5+ / 0-)

      I am truly sorry for the loss of your friend.  That must have been very difficult for you.  I appreciate that you would share that with us today.

      You are correct that the number of households that keep a gun is decreasing.  Interestingly, the number of guns among American civilians seems to be increasing, suggesting that those who chose to own guns are buying more of them.

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

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 09:49:37 AM PDT

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      •  that trend is somewhat reversing.... (0+ / 0-)

        in the huge increase in firearms purchasing since the election of Barack Obama- and somewhat increased spikes with mass murders.

        You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

        by murrayewv on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 10:34:55 AM PDT

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