This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
August 23, 2007
Why can't Americans give up their guns?
According to the U.S. government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004 — the latest year for which such figures are available — a total of 11,624 people were shot dead or murdered. That averages out to 32 a day. In the same year an additional total of 16,750 people shot themselves to death with firearms, 649 people died in gun accidents, and 311 in "legal intervention," that is, shot dead by police. Also, 235 people died for unknown reasons though it was clear that they did so of gun wounds. A grand total of 29,569, or an average of 81 people a day, were killed or died by use of guns.