Posted 08-20-2003 at 07:21:03
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Yes the very first time I ever posted to a message board a few years ago was to reply to a "Bob" post about guns! He and the others have not changed my opinion and I see no one has changed his either.
I found the following information on children's deaths by guns.
"According to the DoJ report, a total of 2,100 children between the ages of 6 and 17 were murdered in 1997 from every possible means available. Of this number, 56% were murdered with a firearm, or a total of 1,176.
According to the World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1997, so far as accidental shootings are concerned, 205 children between the ages of 1 and 14 died in 1993.
Although I must agree, one child death by any means is one too many. I hardly think that you or I would even think of banning motor vehicles because of the 43,900 deaths that took place in 1995 because of automobile accidents".
In fact, in terms of accidental shootings, firearms rate next to last on the list of accidental deaths from 1970 through at least 1995:
5.Fires & Burns
6.Ingestion of Food & Objects
(Source: World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1997)