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Gun Facts

I own a gun and am responsible. I am also a doctor who has seen too many families lives altered in my 30+ years of practicing because of the loss of a loved one due to gun violence and/or negligence. The facts are indisputable. We must have more regulation. Among 26 industrialized nations, 86% of gun deaths among children under age 15 occurred in the United States. Every two years more Americans die from firearm injuries than the total number of American soldiers killed during the 8-year Vietnam War. In 2005 (the most recent year for which data is available), there were 30,694 gun deaths in the U.S: 12,352 homicides (40% of all U.S gun deaths), 17,002 suicides (55% of all U.S gun deaths), 789 unintentional shootings, 330 from legal intervention and 221 from undetermined intent (5% of all U.S gun deaths combined). These Numbers were obtained from CDC National Center for Health Statistics mortality report online, 2008 as well as independent studies. Do we need the right to bear arms? I say yes. But at the same time, we need real regulation.

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