Over 100,000 people are injured in the United States by gun violence every year; that’s more than 270 men, women and children shot by guns every single day, every single year, year after year. 2010 records show: 18K suicide, 12K homicide, and .5K legally or unknown––totaling $31,347 deaths. 74K were non-fatal. Whether suicides could have used another weapon is irrelevant, the fact is a gun was used to kill a human being. The incidental issue that fatalities are down is misleading. Thousands of “non-fatal” gunshots today would be deadly fatal if not for medical improvements. The key fact and what is most critical is that when guns are around people get shot, killed, injured, crippled, disfigured, and otherwise terribly hurt. It takes a deliberately ignorant gun-nut to ignore gun safety, to argue speciously against gun safety, and whine about so-called personal freedoms. 30,000 gun deaths a year is a terribly high price to pay for gun-nut freedom. To argue about individual freedom instead of individual safety is not only inhuman it show a gross ignorance of the American Constitution––which says nothing about “individual freedoms”––but expressly prohibits laws that affect “social freedoms.” Any vote against gun safety is a vote against the rule of law––and a vote for rule by intimidation. Law by personal guns is nothing more than vigilantism. A society that lives by the gun––dies by the gun. The only real truth is that behind every good man with a gun––is a bad man with a gun waiting to happen. Death stalks the streets of a nation so uncivilized as to cultivate a culture of violence.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA

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