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Letter: Don't believe all gun stats you read

To the Editor:

The usual clap-trap from the low-information/intellectually challenged regarding semi-auto rifles, large capacity magazines and “killer bullets” defies the FBI’s Uniform Crime Statistics report that nationwide less than 3 percent of homicides are committed with rifles of all types.

In Illinois, the actual FBI statistics from 2016 show that, of all reported murders (941), 14 were committed with rifles. Those possessed with the ability to use a calculator can determine that 1.5 percent of murders were known to be committed with rifles of all types while victims were four times more likely to be killed with a knife or other weapon and slightly more likely to be killed with hands, feet, fists, etc.

The other canard often repeated by the same group is the association of the U.S. suicide rate to the number of firearms.

Here’s a really inconvenient view of the subject at least for them.

The U.S., which ranks 48th in the developed world for suicides at 12.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, ranks first in the developed world for firearms ownership with 101,000 firearms per 100,000 inhabitants and no, that’s not a typo.

There are more guns in this country than people.

South Korea which ranks 10th in the world and first in the developed world for suicides at 24.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, has a firearms ownership rate of 1,100 per 100,000. South Koreans kill themselves at about twice the rate as those in the U.S. and they do it with 1 percent of the firearms available to the population in the U.S.  

Deductive reasoning would suggest that the number of firearms available to the population has no actual connection to suicide rates and neither do semi-auto rifles contribute to murders.

Charlie Brown

Diamond

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