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Number of firearm deaths small in comparison

Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

Based on the information recently published in The Victoria Advocate, I determined that there have been 175 total deaths in these mass shootings in the last 6 years.

Terribly sad.

Additionally, however, my research reveals that there are, on average, 10,828 firearm related deaths each year (with many of these being justified, such as police shootings, and citizens protecting their lives from criminals, as well as suicides being included).

This compares to a yearly average of 529,000 tobacco-related deaths, 195,000 medical error-related deaths, 107,400 alcohol abuse deaths, 42,000 vehicle-related deaths and 25,500 drug abuse deaths.

Now, even if each one of the 10,828 firearm related deaths was committed illegally, with a different perpetrator using a different firearm for each death (which is most certainly not the case), there are, according to the NRA, 200 million guns owned by 60 million people in the United States.

The act of using firearms illegally is miniscule compared to the amount of firearms owned, and to the number of people in this country who own these firearms.

The most deadly school death toll was 38 killed in 1927 by School Board Treasurer Andrew Kehoe in Bath Township, Mich. He used dynamite.

Of course, Timothy McVeigh used readily available fertilizer and diesel fuel to bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Roy Erwin, Shiner

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