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Response to hack89 (Reply #41)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 06:24 PM

43. It is still a huge number of unnecessary deaths.

You have some bizarre logic going. 30,000 needless deaths a year are OK because last year there were 31,000 needless deaths. To me, 30,000 needless deaths is 30,000 too many. Now, if there were some compelling reason why we should tolerate this level of death, that would be one thing.

For example, there are about 40,000 motor vehicle deaths every year. That's too many, but motor vehicles are an integral part of our society, so arguably we have reached some kind of balance between safety and transportation. But guns just aren't that important, certainly nothing like motor vehicles. And on top of that, a few basic policies like handgun registration could take a chunk out of the number of gun deaths without making much impact at all on the legitimate positive uses of guns.

Regarding suicides, the statistical evidence shows clearly that gun availability increases the rates of completed suicide, particularly among young people. This is because guns are an easy and lethal means to commit suicide.

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