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November 22, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

U.S. has sterling gun safety record

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Regarding the recent column, “And in last week’s gun news”:

Let’s assume there are 300 million guns in the United States, which is probably a low figure. And, according to the National Institute of Justice, “In 2005, 11,346 persons were killed by firearm violence and 477,040 persons were victims of a crime committed with a firearm. Most murders in the United States are committed with firearms, especially handguns.” So let’s just say there are 500,000 gun-related incidences in the USA each year. That leaves us with 299,500,000 guns that were not involved in any nonlegal activities, or 99.998 percent of all guns. That is one extremely excellent track record! I cannot recall any other safety record of any kind, ever, that comes anywhere close to that.

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