I am writing in response to the article asserting that guns are a social disease (Herald, Aug. 12). There are 700,000 physicians in the United States; there are 120,000 accidental deaths caused by physicians here every year.
The accidental death rate per physician is 17.196 percent per physician. There are 80 million gun owners in the United States, with 1,500 accidental deaths – an accidental death rate per gun owner of 0.000987590 percent. Doctors are 9,000 times more deadly than guns. Journal of American Medical Association reported that “... doctors kill more people than auto accidents and guns. Our estimated 10-year total of 7.8 million iatrogenic deaths is more than all the wars fought by the U.S. throughout its entire history.” Where’s the U.N. on this?
FBI crime figures for all 3,054 American counties spanning 16 years found waiting periods, gun buy-backs and background checks yielded virtually no crime reduction. Of all methods studied so far, carrying concealed handguns appears to be the most cost-effective method of reducing crime.
When a nut walks into a church, theater, restaurant or stadium and starts shooting, everyone there is waiting for the next gun to arrive to save them. Think of how many lives may have been saved if a trained concealed carrier had been seated in the Aurora movie theater.
An off-duty policeman attending church services in Aurora took out a shooter after he had already killed one woman, likely saving many other lives. A Colorado Springs security guard took out a shooter who had attacked an Arvada youth center and then proceeded to a church in Colorado Springs to kill more victims. Think how many more could have died if not for the trained citizen with a gun.
Common sense must prevail. All the gun laws in the world will not keep guns away from criminals, the sick or the evil. Chicago and Washington, D.C., with the most stringent gun laws in the country, rank No. 1 and No. 2 for murders. Gun laws have nothing to do with gun safety or violence – they are only an excuse to disarm America.